Origin and EA Launch Humble Bundle
Eschewing the traditional "indie" route in Humble Indie Bundle (it honestly feels a bit dirty), the folks behind the HIB have just released an EA/Origin bundle.
The bundle does include an interesting mix of games. In the "Pay What You Want" version, you can get:
- Dead Space
- Burnout Paradise: the Ultimate Box
- Crysis 2 Maximum Edition
- Mirror's Edge
- Dead Space 3
- Medal of Honor
Additionally, if you pay over the average, you can unlock Battlefield 3 and The Sims starter pack. And no matter what you pay, you can get the sountracks to the two "premium" games.
If you're not a fan of Origin, fear not. Most of the games in the basic version of the bundle are accompanied with Steam keys. However, the above the fold titles Battlefield 3 and the Sims are Origin only.
The whole endeavor seems to run counter to the humbleness of the Humble Bundle, but at least EA/Origin are donating their share of the proceeds to a variety of pretty good charities:
- Human Rights Campaign
- American Cancer Society
- American Red Cross
- San Francisco AIDS Foundation
As always with a Humble Bundle, you can choose where your money goes. Want to donate it all to Humble? Or maybe you like the American Cancer Society more than the other charities? You can choose to donate the majority of the proceeds to one charity over the other.
While traditionally Humble Bundle games are both independent and DRM free, at least EA is using this as a way to donate to charity. And right now the average donation is around $5, so you can get some pretty big, still pretty expensive titles for about the cost of a Venti Frappucino.
Check out the Humble Bundle here.