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New Humble Bundle Is Windows Only, DRM Games 553

Posted by samzenpus
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jbernardo writes "After all the indie, multi-platform (including 4 for android) and DRM free releases, the latest Humble Bundle release is a polarizing one. It features non-indie games, it is Windows only, and the games are saddled with DRM. There is already a very vocal discussion on the Humble Bundle Google+ thread, but it seems it is selling well."
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New Humble Bundle Is Windows Only, DRM Games

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  • No Good (Score:5, Interesting)

    by AvitarX (172628) <me.brandywinehundred@org> on Thursday November 29, 2012 @08:27PM (#42137343) Journal

    I have a Windows computer, and value wise this may be the best bundle yet, but I feel it is against the spirit of the bundle and am not chipping in, if they don't do another one before xmas, my big donation one is going strait towards a charity.

  • This is tired. (Score:0, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 29, 2012 @08:42PM (#42137493)

    +Eric Hopper,
     
      Free advertising? How much did you spend on this advertising? Google hosted your "free advertising" for free. Did they ever claim to always be DRM Free and cross-platform?

    Stop playing the victim. If you don't want to buy it, don't; but stop acting like they gave you syphilis.

  • by pregister (443318) on Thursday November 29, 2012 @08:52PM (#42137583)

    For an alternative viewpoint, Hey! A bundle with more games I want to play than usual. Delivered on a platform I like with DRM I've decided I can live with. Bought this bundle...haven't bought them all.

  • by Vanderhoth (1582661) on Thursday November 29, 2012 @08:58PM (#42137625)
    I'm in the same boat. This is BS I spent a lot of money supporting them and time toting HB and the DRM-free Linux compatible games and now they're going to pull this. They won't be getting any more money out of me and can kiss my usual $50 donation goodbye. As well, I'm planing to actively protest them now by making sure to post everywhere I can what a bunch of sell outs they are.
  • Stop being greedy (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Joe U (443617) on Thursday November 29, 2012 @09:52PM (#42138035) Homepage Journal

    The message is 1 > 0.

    As in, some money still goes to charity, you still pay what you want. Even if the Red Cross isn't the best charity, Child's Play is, and $1 > $0.

    Humble set up a system to let people get games cheap and help people in the process, what have you done to help the world this week?

    (Hint, whining here about DRM counts as 0.)

  • by houstonbofh (602064) on Thursday November 29, 2012 @10:27PM (#42138301)
    Amusingly enough I got my Steam Beta forum invite today. While Humble is going Windows, Steam is going Linux.
  • Re:Not good (Score:4, Interesting)

    by markdavis (642305) on Thursday November 29, 2012 @11:23PM (#42138639)

    Reply to self....

    Rather than complain here. I sent them an Email:

    "I have purchased several Humble Bundles over the years and also promoted it to others. I bought some where I never even
    played most of the games. Why? Because I believed in what you were doing. But I think you have betrayed your mission with this THQ stuff:

    * It is not multi-platform, leaving Linux and Mac users out in the cold.
    * It is not direct download, eaving non-Steam users out in the cold.
    * It is not from indie developers.
    * It is not DRM-free.

    I am very disappointed in what you did, and, to me, it severely taints your name and brand. I think you should be ashamed and hopefully you will get back on track."

  • by fredprado (2569351) on Friday November 30, 2012 @12:40AM (#42138943)
    It doesn't matter how much this bundle sells. Loyal customers are hard to get and easy to lose. They won't get another desperate big label so soon. Lets see how well they do in the next bundles.
  • by ifiwereasculptor (1870574) on Friday November 30, 2012 @01:19AM (#42139069)

    Well said. That's how I feel, too. The only inexcusable action, here, IMHO, was removing the EFF as a charity option. If I'm supporting DRM, even if it's a light version, I want the EFF to take part of my money and fight for my right to circumvent it as I see fit.

  • by mwvdlee (775178) on Friday November 30, 2012 @03:30AM (#42139455) Homepage

    I've bought all the Android bundles and the first two PC bundles, because I generally like indie games (and these bundles have included quite a few gems). This bundle, however, is filled with games I feel no desire to play.

    But they ARE games many other people, including most of my friends, would like to play. So I forwarded the newsletter to those friends. Chances are some will buy it (even if the ~$6 to include the extra game is too steep, $1 for the rest is damn cheap) and some will subscribe to the newsletter. Next time these hard core gamers get an offer to buy a bunch of indie games for cheap (especially for mobile), I'm sure some of them will buy it too.

    This THQ deal basically gives HB lots of "free" marketing, which will likely end up benefitting future Indie bundles.

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