While I was at PAX earlier this year I had the great opportunity to sit in on a panel about the Humble Indie Bundle, a promotion that went on back in May that gave consumers the opportunity to net World of Goo, Aquaria, Gish, Lugaru, Samorost 2, and Penumbra: Overture for as little as a penny. The promotion managed to raise over a $1 million within a week, of which nearly $325,000 went to charity.
If this is the first you’re hearing of “the Bundle” and you’re feeling a little bummed, don’t fret. A second pay-what-you-want bundle of five new games launched today. Hit the jump for more information on the Humble Indie Bundle 2 and how you can get your hands on a package including titles like Braid and Machinarium for as little as $0.01.
The Humble Indie Bundle 2 consists of Machinarium, Braid, Osmos, Cortex Command,and Revenge of the Titans.
All five titles are DRM free and support Windows, Mac and Linux OS. Separately, purchasing these titles would cost you around $85. However, the Humble Bundle lets you pay whatever you like for this package. So you could net all five titles for as little as a penny.
However, if you’re not a dick you’ll give these guys at least a buck. When I listened to the panel back in August, I learned that donations under a dollar actually cost the guys behind the project a hefty fee through the service they used to distribute the bundle.
In addition to supporting starving indie developers, a portion of the proceeds goes to support charities, Electronic Frontier Foundation and Child’s Play. So be generous! The Humble Bundle even allows you to chose who receives your money and how much of it.
As of now, the bundle has already managed to raise over $300,000 with nearly 50,000 purchases. It’ll only be around for so long, so get it while you still can.