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THQ Humble Bundle launches

THQ Humble Bundle launches

The first Humble Bundle launched in 2010, but this marks the first time the promotion has stepped away from its indie roots.

A THQ-based Humble Bundle has gone live offering seven of the embattled publisher's titles for a pay-what-you-want cost.

This is the first time the Humble Bundle has been used for a more mainstream triple-A publisher as opposed to a collection of independent titles.

The games featured in the bundle are Darksiders, Metro 2033, Red Faction Armageddon and Company of Heroes along with its two expand-alones Opposing Fronts and Tales of Valor. Anyone paying over the average price will also get Saints Row The Third.

At the time of writing with the bundle being live for approximately nine hours, it has already raked in close to $2m with an average purchase of $5.72. As with previous Humble Bundles, customers can chose how to split the money between the developers, the people running the promotion and charities, this time round including Child's Play and the American Red Cross.

THQ has upcoming sequels for both Company of Heroes and Metro 2033 that are due for release in early 2013. The publisher also released Darksiders 2 to a warm critical reception earlier this year. The publisher has been dogged by financial issues over 2012 and suffered a significant net loss in its most recent quarter.

Worries have been expressed that the THQ bundle could damage the Humble Bundle's reputation for supporting lesser known indie titles. Talking to Ars Technica, Humble Bundle co-founder John Graham however stated that they do not intend to stop putting out indie bundles but wanted to see if the pay-what-you-want formula worked with triple-A content as well.

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mi1ez 3rd December 2012, 10:17 Quote
Bargain-tastic!
Sheiken 3rd December 2012, 10:28 Quote
Bought two last week :P
Fantus 3rd December 2012, 10:33 Quote
Definitely a bargain. Been meaning to pick up Metro 2033 and the Company of Heroes games at some point!
Aracos 3rd December 2012, 12:10 Quote
I know THQ need the money at the moment but the bundle basically shows that the Humble Bundle team are willing to throw away their own values of cross-platform support and no DRM. Losing cross-platform support is one thing but requiring DRM? What is the point of the Humble Bundle if it just ends up being another pay what you want scheme?
Dave Lister 3rd December 2012, 14:24 Quote
Sorry for being behind the times but I still don't get how these humble bundles work. If I buy one do I download through steam for my pc and it's also available on my android devices (provided there is availability) ? or is it just downloadable as an exe or whatever and needs backed up to disc ?
scott_chegg 3rd December 2012, 14:36 Quote
If the game is available on PC, MAC and android you get the installation files for all 3 formats. You get DRM free installation files and if you pay over the average you get the steam keys also.

It's great! I've bought all of them so far.
Dave Lister 3rd December 2012, 14:39 Quote
So steam keys are always included if you pay over the current average donation ?
rollo 3rd December 2012, 15:04 Quote
i paid $5.70cent got saints row the third have every other game so i basically donated for that one title.

set it all to the charity as well
Dave Lister 3rd December 2012, 15:04 Quote
Bit the bullet and went for it, it's for charity anyway !

Thanks for info scott_chegg.
Anfield 3rd December 2012, 19:50 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dave Lister
So steam keys are always included if you pay over the current average donation ?

I don't think there is any relation to what you pay if you get steam keys or not,
Quote:

All the games in this bundle
are ready to rock for Windows
through Steam (required).

It says steam is required... so it has to include steam keys, no matter what you choose to pay.
CrazyJoe 3rd December 2012, 19:54 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dave Lister
So steam keys are always included if you pay over the current average donation ?

Usually you only get Steam keys if you pay over $1 but this is a completely different kind of bundle so you get Steam keys no matter what price you pay.
Quote:
Originally Posted by scott_chegg
If the game is available on PC, MAC and android you get the installation files for all 3 formats. You get DRM free installation files and if you pay over the average you get the steam keys also.

Not for this deal, you get Steam keys for any purchase, it's Windows only and there's some DRM.

This is a big side step from what the humble bundles are usually all about as Aracos says above.
Anfield 3rd December 2012, 23:04 Quote
Looks like its having a very good effect on THQ...

Stock up approx 40%.

http://www.pcgamer.com/2012/12/03/thqs-stock-rises-nearly-40-thanks-to-humble-bundle
fluxtatic 4th December 2012, 05:49 Quote
This one is different in that it's Steam-only (Steam being the DRM. And you can't gift them if you already own them...but could you give away the previously-owned copy, I wonder?) Typically they do all-indie, all-cross-platform, no DRM. Seems they usually throw some sort of bone for paying more than average - extra game, soundtracks, Steam keys, what have you.

For all the whining about how Humble Bundle are destroying themselves...this has been the fastest-selling yet. No cross-platform? Cry to THQ about that (although they can hardly afford anybody to port 7 games to Mac and Linux...for their combined 11% worldwide marketshare.)

I love the idea of the Humble Bundle, and got 5 and 6. I've played a grand total of maybe two hours, and can't even recall what most of the games are (and have only installed maybe three of the 12 or so that I got.) In principle, sure, cross-platform is nice, but most people are Windows-only. No DRM would be lovely, but Steam's about as light as it gets.

I threw 'em $15 and just finished downloading Saint's Row the Third (if I hadn't, I would have been on the lookout for it come the Steam Christmas sale.) I've got another half-dozen games waiting in the wings, too. I split it $2 to Humble, $13 to charity, dick to THQ (they've made their money, after all.)

Not a bad deal at all, I'd say - maybe they can rename it something other than Humble to shut the whiners up, but I have no problem with the HB guys going for more AAA content.
sygitius 4th December 2012, 17:48 Quote
Thanks for the head´s up
SimonStern 5th December 2012, 19:03 Quote
Just got it, thanks for the info.

Gave most to charity, split the rest between the other two. May get another for gifting :)
AlphaAngel 5th December 2012, 19:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by fluxtatic
I split it $2 to Humble, $13 to charity, dick to THQ (they've made their money, after all.)

Before I start this post please understand this is not a personal dig and I am not attacking you in anyway. This is a genuine question followed only by my personal opinion I understand people will disagree and that's fine. I'm not trying to tell you what to do at all.

Could you explain how THQ have made their money from your purchases already? Maybe I missed something but I thought that THQ allowed the deal to help them boost sales. Boosted sales then equals more money for future games.

If you mean they have made enough money already from sales then that's a strange road for your thoughts to go down and can be used to justify theft.

The Dawn of War series is one of my favourite and I really can't wait for DoW3. These are games I have really got my moneys worth out of. I really don't know where the hate (or apparent hate) for THQ has come from. Did I miss something or have publishers such as EA and Ubisoft soured public opinion against the whole industry?

Also everyone seems to be giving more to charity than HumbleBundle who brought you the deal and will do again if they stay around, therefore they need your money. Why?

I worked in the charity sector, from hands on work to admin to organisation, for about 10 years and to be honest I will never give money to charity now except a very select few whom I understand the running of in more detail.

Most charities are huge bureaucracies with lots of self serving people (there are always the special few, but it is always only a few). If I really want to help a cause now, I go and help that cause with my time. I feel giving money just helps people ease the guilt they feel for their luck and privilege. Most of the money is not used efficiently and is wasted.
Anfield 6th December 2012, 22:43 Quote
It just keeps getting better.

got an email from humble bundle, now they also toss in Titan quest as well as the red faction armageddon expansion path to war.

If you already bought it, you can just get the keys from their website for free, if not purchased yet, pay above average to get them for free.
Anfield 10th December 2012, 23:12 Quote
Another game was added to the bundle, Warhammer 40k Dawn of War, if you already bought the bundle, you can just get the key from their website for free, if not purchased yet, pay above average to get it for free.
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