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EA gets the Humble Bundle treatment

EA gets the Humble Bundle treatment

The pay-what-you-want bundle is already closing in on raising $3m with the deal open for another two weeks.

A pay-what-you-want Humble Origin Bundle featuring Dead Space, Dead Space 3, Crysis 2, Mirror's Edge, Medal of Honor and Burnout Paradise has launched.

Paying above the average, currently sitting at $4.74, will also unlock Battlefield 3 and The Sims 3.

In a departure from other Humble Bundle promotions, EA is foregoing its entire share of the proceeds and is instead offering up five different charities that bundle buyers can donate to instead. Contributions can be split between the Human Rights Campaign, the American Red Cross, Watsi, the American Cancer Society and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

The EA-published games are all available via Origin with some of the older titles also available through Steam. At present, the bundle has seen more than 600,000 customers and raised nearly $3m.

When initially launched, Origin's servers struggled under the strain of so many people submitting game redemption codes and the issue is yet to be fully resolved.

The Humble Origin Bundle is the third departure from the pay-what-you-want bundle organisers' indie routes having also run bundles themes around THQ prior to its bankruptcy filing and Deep Silver.

The Deep Silver bundle featuring Dead Island, Saints Row: The Third and Sacred 2 closed yesterday having pulled in $2.4m across 470,000 bundles.

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mi1ez 15th August 2013, 11:47 Quote
Already paid and downloaded. And good on EA!
faugusztin 15th August 2013, 11:50 Quote
At least they are trying to repair their image it seems... On other side, i am curious why are they giving Dead Space 1 & 3, but not 2 :D.
Dave Lister 15th August 2013, 12:15 Quote
Picked it up late last night, and most of the games have steam codes as well as origin codes. I added up what the current prices are on steam and origin earlier and it came to €225 give or take a few pennies, so it's a good deal.
ferret141 15th August 2013, 12:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by faugusztin
At least they are trying to repair their image it seems... On other side, i am curious why are they giving Dead Space 1 & 3, but not 2 :D.

I am curious about this too. Sales tactic perhaps?
Tris 15th August 2013, 13:05 Quote
It's a good bundle, though I'm not mega chuffed to be installing Origin again. Still, Dead Space 3 as a pay-what-you-want is good enough to make me risk it. :p
Unicorn 15th August 2013, 13:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tris
It's a good bundle, though I'm not mega chuffed to be installing Origin again. Still, Dead Space 3 as a pay-what-you-want is good enough to make me risk it. :p

Neither am I, but just earlier this week I was thinking about buying BF3, so I'm going for it as soon as I get home :)
bawjaws 15th August 2013, 13:31 Quote
Which of these titles come with Steam codes, and which are Origin only? Apologies if this info is on the Humble Bundle site, but I can't access it via work in order to check :(
CrazyJoe 15th August 2013, 13:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by bawjaws
Which of these titles come with Steam codes, and which are Origin only? Apologies if this info is on the Humble Bundle site, but I can't access it via work in order to check :(

Knowing my luck this image will be blocked for you.

http://gyazo.com/1c6f121480322c82574472e1bb9fc79a.png
Dave Lister 15th August 2013, 13:35 Quote
BF3= Origin
Sims 3 starter= Origin
Mirrors Edge= Origin or Steam
MOH = Origin or Steam
Dead Space 3 = Origin
Crysis 2 = Origin or Steam
Burnout Paradise = Origin or Steam
Dead Space = Origin or Steam
Dave Lister 15th August 2013, 13:36 Quote
Ninja'd !
ChaosDefinesOrder 15th August 2013, 13:51 Quote
Didn't EA say a few months ago something along the lines of "We will never do large discounts or flash sales because we believe it devalues the brand"
AlienwareAndy 15th August 2013, 14:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by ChaosDefinesOrder
Didn't EA say a few months ago something along the lines of "We will never do large discounts or flash sales because we believe it devalues the brand"

And then they looked at their sales figures and compared them to Steam....

I've gone for this Humble Bundle. Mind you what am I saying? I go for all of them pretty much.

What's odd is that the day before this went live I had started a playthrough of Mirror's Edge (and its DRM and Securom) and wished I had it in Steam lol.

Although most of these are not new they are sterling titles. BOP is another great one :)

Shame Origin has died on its ass really. I bet it's not used to having more than two people log in at once.
bawjaws 15th August 2013, 14:45 Quote
Cheers Crazyjoe and Dave Lister - that image was indeed blocked, so thanks to you both for your help :)
damien c 15th August 2013, 15:31 Quote
I got this bundle, and got all the codes for Origin.

It did take a few minutes to redeem each code, that I have redeemed though since the servers were busy.

If a game is on Origin and Steam I will buy it on Origin since I really do not like Steam.
bawjaws 15th August 2013, 15:48 Quote
Damien, what do you prefer about Origin in comparison to Steam, and what don't you like about Steam?
damien c 15th August 2013, 15:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by bawjaws
Damien, what do you prefer about Origin in comparison to Steam, and what don't you like about Steam?

I like that when I open Origin it connects to the net, instead of loading with no connection and having to close it and open it again.

Origin also doesn't kick me out of games, when it drops the connection to the servers every couple of minutes like Steam.


The only thing I like about Steam is the Back up & Restore feature.
.//TuNdRa 15th August 2013, 15:59 Quote
It's just a shame that Burnout Paradise, undeniably one of the most entertaining "Racing" games ever, had it's MP servers axed recently, so Multiplayer in that carnage is no longer possible. I love how they still sell it, though.
schmidtbag 15th August 2013, 16:31 Quote
Kind of pathetic how Origen is so unpopular that it can't even handle a humble bundle, especially considering most people will likely choose the Steam option where available.

Either way, I'm not interested in this bundle. I already own Mirror's Edge, I didn't care for Crysis 1 that much (it looked nice but wasn't that fun), Burnout Paradise was just a terrible game overall IMO, and Sims 3 is more of a time waster than something I would go out of my way to play.

Dead space (the first one) is the only game I'm a little interested in, and that's because it's the only game old enough to not be completely corrupt by EA. While I heard BF3 is pretty good, I personally hated the previous ones.
damien c 15th August 2013, 16:39 Quote
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Originally Posted by schmidtbag
Kind of pathetic how Origen is so unpopular that it can't even handle a humble bundle.

Bit like when the Steam servers fall over when around 18,000 people try to download a DLC for Black Op's 2.

I really don't understand why people hate Origin so much considering it's virtually the same thing as Steam, but in my experience it works better compared to Steam.
bawjaws 15th August 2013, 16:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by schmidtbag
Kind of pathetic how Origen is so unpopular that it can't even handle a humble bundle, especially considering most people will likely choose the Steam option where available.

Either way, I'm not interested in this bundle. I already own Mirror's Edge, I didn't care for Crysis 1 that much (it looked nice but wasn't that fun), Burnout Paradise was just a terrible game overall IMO, and Sims 3 is more of a time waster than something I would go out of my way to play.

Dead space (the first one) is the only game I'm a little interested in, and that's because it's the only game old enough to not be completely corrupt by EA. While I heard BF3 is pretty good, I personally hated the previous ones.

I think it's fair to say that if you don't like EA, you won't like this bundle :D
GeorgeStorm 15th August 2013, 16:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by damien c
Bit like when the Steam servers fall over when around 18,000 people try to download a DLC for Black Op's 2.

I really don't understand why people hate Origin so much considering it's virtually the same thing as Steam, but in my experience it works better compared to Steam.

People like to moan, in it's our DNA :P

Personally I'll probably be using most of them on Steam purely because that's where I have most of my games, and I have it open since I use steam chat all the time.

But I've got no problems using Origin where I have to, the biggest downside for me is fewer of my friends use it, so I'll have steam open regardless.
Unicorn 15th August 2013, 16:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by bawjaws
Which of these titles come with Steam codes, and which are Origin only? Apologies if this info is on the Humble Bundle site, but I can't access it via work in order to check :(
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Originally Posted by CrazyJoe
Knowing my luck this image will be blocked for you.

For future reference, if images are blocked on the humble bundle site, it means they're going to be blocking all image hosting sites as well as video hosting like Youtube and Vimeo, so your best bet is to host on bit-tech itself. If he can access the forum, the images won't be blocked. I know that's how it is here anyway, where all image and video hosts are blocked by the content filter, as well as many other sites which contain banned words.
bawjaws 15th August 2013, 17:12 Quote
Heh, our work firewall is pretty aggressive. No access to websites related to gaming, gambling, alcohol, social media, cloud storage, and so on. I'm pretty sure that I can see pictures from people's albums on bit-tech, so your suggestion's a good one :D
chimaera 15th August 2013, 17:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by faugusztin
At least they are trying to repair their image it seems... On other side, i am curious why are they giving Dead Space 1 & 3, but not 2 :D.

Historically there is usually a few games added around half-way through the availability window. Personally my money is on Dead Space 2 showing up then. Not sure what else, although Crysis 1/Warhead or maybe some of the Mass Effect games might be potentials I guess. If its the latter I hope they include the soundtracks :D.

As for the bundle - I already had almost all of the games that were of interest to me, but its worth throwing in $5 (which is what? £3 in real money?) for Dead Space 3... if I ever get around to finishing Dead Space 2, that is :).

Not sure it's worth having a *third* copy of BF3 though, but what can you do?.
AlienwareAndy 15th August 2013, 17:32 Quote
My main bone of contention with Origin is what a faff it is to restore your games should you reinstall Windows.

You have to back them up separately and then set them to download before pausing said download and replacing the game. Then wait ages for it to sync.

With Steam you just reinstall Steam back to the original folder and all of your games are ready and waiting for you when it's done updating.

Now I do like the Origin front end (Steam is going up its own ass a bit and getting too fancy for my liking) but Steam still wins hands down for me.
Paulg1971 15th August 2013, 23:28 Quote
I dislike Origin because I cant get the damn thing working, I get a runtime error everytime I try to install a game.
erratum1 16th August 2013, 00:59 Quote
I don't really have a preference...

Stupid Steam downloads an update and then wants to re-download the whole game again.:(

Got Origin installed but don't use it and I don't let it start with windows, same as Steam.

Securom...meh, not bothered about putting in a dvd.. takes as long as the login into Steam.
AmEv 16th August 2013, 01:16 Quote
I think both are kind of annoying with slow connections, but I prefer Steam because A: Steam sees the libraries you've already downloaded, so you don't have to re-download them, B: Easy backups on Steam. Seriously, Origin. Where's backup to DVD???
DriftCarl 16th August 2013, 01:32 Quote
Origin really isnt that bad anymore. I play BF3 pretty much every day, and I don't have any big issues with origin anymore. Sometimes the friends list doesnt load, but thats the same for steam.
People like to have a dig at EA, even when they are improving things. I already own BF3 so I got this bundle for 67p. If it had any UK charities on it I might have paid a bit more.
ssj12 16th August 2013, 07:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by damien c
I like that when I open Origin it connects to the net, instead of loading with no connection and having to close it and open it again.

Origin also doesn't kick me out of games, when it drops the connection to the servers every couple of minutes like Steam.


The only thing I like about Steam is the Back up & Restore feature.

That sounds like an issue strictly on your end. Steam connects instantly for me flawlessly, and most games if connection drops give a few seconds trying to reconnect (normally does). Only if the game's player ran multiplayer server dies completely I have ever been dropped from a game instantly.
damien c 16th August 2013, 09:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by ssj12
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Originally Posted by damien c
I like that when I open Origin it connects to the net, instead of loading with no connection and having to close it and open it again.

Origin also doesn't kick me out of games, when it drops the connection to the servers every couple of minutes like Steam.


The only thing I like about Steam is the Back up & Restore feature.

That sounds like an issue strictly on your end. Steam connects instantly for me flawlessly, and most games if connection drops give a few seconds trying to reconnect (normally does). Only if the game's player ran multiplayer server dies completely I have ever been dropped from a game instantly.

It's only Steam that it happens on, and then it connects again after a few seconds.
Salty Wagyu 16th August 2013, 10:28 Quote
And Origin has a habit of forgetting your login and password if you haven't opened it for a week. Never happens with Steam
johnnyboy700 16th August 2013, 13:12 Quote
What a bargin, I'm in.
CampGareth 16th August 2013, 13:55 Quote
I grabbed this for BF3 mostly, though I have seen some gameplay of DS3 which looks good I just haven't played through 1 and 2 yet.

First time using Origin and so far it seems inferior to Steam, never had a problem redeeming humble bundle keys on Steam but Origin takes whole damned minutes to even get to the screen where I could enter a key, it was ridiculous. Origin also seems to be just a web browser in disguise, I mean you can't access your game list offline afaik because that's a web page, as are most of the things you encounter, it's a weird approach but I guess makes sense if you've previously developed for consoles where you can't do anything at all on the device itself.

Next issue was the friends system, even though I've apparently had my account for a year or so (think I automatically got one because of my BFBC2 account) my friend (singular, only one would use origin, I see why now) couldn't add me by ID or real name. Then I tried the Facebook integration and found it's not a permanent link to Facebook, rather it asks you to log in then seems to search your friends list once for people who share their origin accounts (2 people out of 180, wheee) and after that it closes the link. It's an import rather than a proper linking, meaning that I have to enter my password every time and keep checking it, also now that I've done this other friends still can't find me via Facebook. Steam got this down ages ago Origin!

Then there's download management, you can only send them to one directory at a time it seems... which kinda sucks for those of us with an SSD and HDD setup.

As for random drops, steam will do that a fair bit though I haven't experienced anything catastrophic, Origin... no idea, haven't yet got around to playing a game on it though BF3 is infamous for requiring a browser to find a game, then by the time your game has loaded that game is full/doesn't exist, a real step backwards from BFBC2 and the integrated server browser.
DriftCarl 17th August 2013, 11:31 Quote
You must be having serious issues in BF3, when you launch a game and there is a spot free, it reserves that spot at the point of the browser. This gives your game time to launch and enter the session, I have never had the game launch and then get a message saying its full.
I am use to the browser way of going into BF3 now, I dont mind it, most people resist change, when we were younger, it was fine, we adapted to change easily, now we are older we always like the older way of doing things. But that is just a sign that we are getting older, nothing you can do about it :)
Elton 17th August 2013, 23:58 Quote
Guys on greenman gamging you can get premium for about $15.

Best deal ever.
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