Friday, November 30, 2012
Humble THQ Bundle
One of the main arguments against the Humble Bundle is that it only works for small games (or books, or music, etc) that no one cares about; this is why they can offer to sell it in a pay what you want model. This, like many common arguments, is a stupid one. For a moment, though, I'll entertain it: You're right, rhetorical person. This will never work for "real" games. Except for when they included Psychonauts. And World of Goo has gone on to becomes a huge mainstream hit. Braid and Anomaly: Warzone Earth are big on Xbox Live Arcade. OK Go was in the music bundle, and Cory Doctorow and Neil Gaiman were in the eBook bundle. What's that? This argument is ridiculously full of holes? Well then, I hope you don't check out the Humble THQ Bundle, because that will just blow the whole thing away.
The Humble THQ Bundle is filled with as many "real" games as you could ask for. Saint's Row: The Third is included, the most recent in the acclaimed series. Darksiders, which recently had a sequel released, is there. Play spooky first person shooter Metro 2033 or sci-fi epic Red Faction: Armageddon. You can also grab three - yes, three - Company of Heroes games: the original, plus sequels/expansions Opposing Fronts and Tales of Valor.
This bundle is a little different in that it's Windows-only (through Steam) rather than multi-platform, but it's understandable. These games were developed in a different environment under a different business model. They were done the "old way." Don't worry, you still get soundtracks and you still get to partition some (or all) of your purchase to go to charity. After only two days the bundle has made well over two million dollars. Hopefully THQ recognizes the value in providing their products at a reasonable price with no DRM (or, in this case, limited, unintrusive DRM via Steam) and can tailor future projects to fit this model so everyone can get what they want.
The Humble Bundle has made major strides since its early days. I don't think triple-A games are necessary to make it succeed, and I'd honestly rather play many of the games released through Humble Bundles than the big name dreck that's pimped out for consoles. Still, it does add, in some people's eyes, legitimacy to the idea, and it certainly makes it more high profile. This has the possibility to open a lot of doors and keep the future of Humble Bundle bright.
Posted by Colin Lalley