Monday, November 11, 2013

The Humble WB Bundle

Oftentimes when a new way of doing things pops up - a new platform, a different business model, etc - it's relegated to fringe products and creators.  By their nature independent creators are more able and willing to mix things up and take chances as opposed to larger entities who are more entrenched in their ways.  Take the Humble Bundles, for instance, which I've written about many, many times before: more often than not their re-releases, mainly of small games.  However, there have been exceptions, such as the THQ Bundle, and now we're getting another with the Humble WB Games Bundle - y'know, with little franchises like Lord of the Rings and Batman.

It's true that these games aren't particularly new, but they are great.  Included are:

-Batman: Arkham Asylum (Game of the Year edition)
-F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
-F.E.A.R. 3
-Lord of the Rings: War in the North
-Batman: Arkham City GOTY
-Scribblenauts Unlimited

Like all Humble Bundles it's pay-what-you-want, and while those last two games are available by pay-more-than-the-average, that's currently sitting at under five bucks so just pony up for it.  There's also a caveat that they're Windows/Steam only, as opposed to most Bundles which are multiplatform.  On the other hand, if you can't play the games, you can still buy them and donate to We Can Be Heroes (oh, who just posted about that?  Hmmm...)

It's great to see major players find the value of different distribution and revenue routes.  While I think Humble Bundle provies an amazing service to small studios, it's also nice to mix things up a bit; maybe including Batman games turns people to the site who might not have heard of Humble Bundle otherwise.  In any case, this is just another opportunity to buy fantastic games at a great price and help out a good cause to boot.

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