Introducing The Humble Not For Linux Bundle

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One of my favorite things in the world is the almost monthly surprise of a new Humble Bundle.  It almost always results in an immediate purchase.  Now I can always count on the surprise, but not on the shock.  Humble Bundle is famous for its Humble Indie Bundle, and this one is just the opposite.

Imagine if you will for a moment my surprise when I saw the subject line in the latest email from Humble Bundle, advertising itself as the Humble THQ Bundle.  My jaw literally hit the floor after first hitting the desk and rolling off in a ridiculous way.  I opened the email and took a look at the games.

From the email:

Starting at just one dollar, pay what you want and get Steam keys for Company of Heroes (and its two full-game expansions, Opposing Fronts and Tales of Valor), Darksiders, Metro 2033, and Red Faction: Armageddon!  If you choose to pay more than the average price, you will also get the phenomenal Saints Row: The Third!  And several of the games come with glorious soundtracks!

My very first though was a foolish one; “They ported all of this games to Linux and I haven’t heard about even one of them until now?”  Very foolish.  Scrolling down to the bottom of the email, I discovered what would result in the tone and feel of this post:

*Please note that the games are Windows-only and require Steam to redeem.

The recent trend with Humble Bundle and to been make sure that bundled games work with Windows, Mac and Linux, and today’s release is anything but.  Does this mark a turning in the Humble Bundle and the way they do business?  Have their core values been tainted by it’s overwhelming success?  We’re not sure, and we certainly hope that this trend does not continue.  Humble Bundle, wha-wha-what happened?

Source | Humble Bundle


Dean Howell

Dean Howell has over a decade of experience with Linux and nearly 2 decades of experience with computers in general. Currently, Dean is Editor-in-chief of The Powerbase and also works for one of the world's largest providers of Linux-based NVRs.

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  • iamoverrated

    IF you decide to buy this bundle I urge you to contribute all of your money to charity instead of THQ or Humble Bundle… this is a travesty and an outrage.

  • http://www.tildehash.com/ TildeHash

    Not a real surprise, the bundles have been deteriorating for a while now.

    “[In] the first Humble Bundle … once one million dollars was raised the source code for the game engines for Gish, Penumbra, Lugaru, and Aquaria, was released as Free and Open Source software under the GNU General Public License”.

    “There are too many simple 2-D Flash-like games, they’re releasing them too often, and they’re throwing in the games from their previous bundles just to try and entice people to buy. I think they’re more focused on making money rather than putting together a decent bundle now.”

    http://tildehash.com/?article=introducing-the-humble-deteriorating-bundle

  • rustybroomhandle

    @tildehash That article is utter rubbish. You name well-respected and highly acclaimed games and then write them off as “can easily be made using Adobe Flash”. I don’t even know why I am commenting, since it’s impossible to argue with that level of misguidedness.

  • Guest

    Dumb people everywhere…. this is social action to help THQ not to bankrupt! Not usual Humble Bundle. Does anybody complained about Music Bundle not having games in it? Go and spend money on studio which is actually giving damn about PC market and because of doing great games is in bad economic position.

    • http://profiles.google.com/deanhowell2 Dean Howell

      The Music Bundle was all independent music.
      Maybe THQ would have more fans if they would bring more console games to PC. Where is WWE 13?

  • jhansonxi

    I’m not sure what is the reason for non-cross platform support with the THQ bundle but I think there is a long-term problem that may be a factor – a lack of developers with porting skills. The Linux growth has resulted in big companies absorbing many developers. Valve has been strip-mining the rest of the market. I’ve seen a few comments from game developers in Kickstarter having trouble finding people with Linux game development skills. While it’s nice for them to be in demand for once, and it’s interesting seeing Icculus approaching deity status, we need more Linux devs NOW. At the rate that Linux is growing (and Win8 imploding) I would be surprised if anyone claiming to know how to use gcc ends up being kidnapped.

  • stephen murcott

    While I am not really happy that Linux is excluded from this bundle, I understand that everyone needs cash. They are practically giving away some serious work by talented people. Life is not cheap… don’t judge this action on sentiment – glad there are indie games that are sold through this route and I will buy games that run on Linux, I’ve learnt the names of a few great game studios thanks to previous Humble Indie Bundles.

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  • HoNk :o)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6UAYGxiRwU You’re so vain, I’ll bet you think these bundles are about you.

  • White

    I read an article that they said that this Bundle was THQ Bundle, not a normal Humble Indie Bundle, and that they’re doing experiments wth big games. But they said they won’t turn their back on their roots and Humble Indie Bundle 7 will proceed as planned.

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