Those Humble Bundle folks are at it again, this time with a single title available: Frozen Synapse.
I'm curious to know why they decided to go with a single title for this release, but I noticed that they're offering the Humble Frozenbyte Bundle along with it. If you missed out on it last time around, here's a chance to donate and receive four full-size games, one tech demo, and a new game preorder. Just donate over the current average (which is currently less than $4.50 US) and they're yours.
Pick up your Frozen Synapse bundle today at www.humblebundle.com , and support indie developers and good causes.
"Yeah, let's put a year-old game up for sale AGAIN and see how much money we can grab."
Are you serious? The evidence doesn't hold up. Look at the average donation size (like, less than $4.50 US) and think again. If this was intended to make them so much money, do you really think they would keep doing it?
I think the chief motivation for these kinds of sales is to:
- Gain positive exposure for the studios that donate games, and
- Allow charitable organizations another avenue to receive donations.
A third effect (and the one they push on the consumers/website visitors the most) is having more higher-quality/interesting games available to more people.
Maybe the non-profits staying in business are doing the money-grab you're talking about, but those are seen as worthwhile causes by plenty of folks, and they see it as a totally valid way to toss in some spare change. And the more that the Humble Bundle is used to address the two points above, the more the avenue itself will be used. In other words, the more popular Humble Bundle is, the greater the chance of more games (and editors, and original scores, and source materials) being available in the future. I don't see that as a nefarious or greedy phenomenon at all.