The Humble Bundle used to give gamers a chance to get excited about lesser known games, while giving independent developers a chance to soak up some adoration. Plus, charities always benefit from each bundle, what with buyers getting a chance to decide who’s most deserving of their money when making a purchase. Sadly, that isn’t really the case any more. Sure, there’s still a big Humble Indie Bundle coming around two or three times a year, but the most recent offerings have all favored bigger developers and publishers.
It all started with the Humble THQ Bundle. That’s when Humble caved and started letting major publishers into the game. At the time, it didn’t seem so bad. THQ was in financial trouble, and consumers were getting a lot of great games for whatever they were willing to pay, but now we’re seeing Double Fine, Deep Silver and Origin bundles, and it doesn’t feel right.
Humble Bundle is at its best when it’s promoting independent developers. You know, the people who could actually use the boost in sales and attention that come from being part of a bundle. Double Fine, Deep Silver, EA and THQ didn’t need the Humble Bundle the way other companies do. It’s a shame to see them getting more promotion that could serve others much better.
And while these major Humble Bundles are helping people get a number of major releases for ridiculous prices, there’s another drawback. When indie games are part of a Humble Bundle, they 100% belong to the consumer. People are getting DRM-free games and, if they pay over $1, Steam keys as a bonus. With the major bundles, people are only getting either Steam keys or, in the case of the latest Humble Origin Bundle, Steam and/or Origin keys.
I know that it’s a difficult thing to complain about. Especially since I’m rather hypocritical about the whole affair, as I just chipped in $1 so I could have Dead Space and Dead Space 3. It just feels like it goes against the whole humble aspect of the Humble Bundles. I guess I just wish the Humble Bundles hadn’t sold out. What do you think? Is Humble Bundle going too far, by teaming up with the likes of Deep Silver and EA? Or is the expansion of its sales horizons something we should applaud?
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