You've commented on Joystiq posts about oppressive DRM
many times before. You dutifully wear your Target-purchased indie game t-shirt
every week without fail. And you read every Joystiq Indie Pitch
we post. But if you want to put some money towards supporting indie games, you won't find a better way to do it than this. Wolfire Games
and a few other indie developers have put together the "Humble Indie Bundle" sale
, offering five terrific award-winning indie games (World of Goo, Aquaria, Gish, Lugaru
and Penumbra Overture
) for the low, low price of ... whatever you want.
That's right -- they're asking you to pay what you feel is right for these bundled, non-DRM, developer-owned Mac, Linux or PC games. And that's not all: You can even specify part or all of your donation to go to a charity, either Child's Play
or the Electronic Frontier Foundation
. That's about as selfless as it gets in gaming -- pay what you think it's worth, to charity or the people who made it.
The average donation so far is about $8.00, but individuals have donated as much as $500 to the effort. You get lots of chances to say you support indie gaming, but fewer great chances like this to put your money where your mouth is. And walking away with five great indie titles to play doesn't hurt, either.