David Rossen runs a independent games studio called Wolfire Games, and like a lot of PC indie developers, he is constantly dealing with the problem of piracy. But unlike many of his counterparts, he doesn’t see pirates as the downfall of gaming. No, he argues that most pirates pirate because they don’t have the money or the ability to play a game otherwise, so he decided to get together with his indie buddies and try something a little different.
What they came up with is The Humble Indie Bundle, which includes World of Goo, Gish, Aquaria, Penumbra: Overture, and Rossen’s own Lugaru HD. That’s an $80 value, but the developers are letting you name the price. Furthermore, proceeds from all purchases go to Child’s Play and the Electronic Frontier Foundation charities. You even have the option of choosing where your funds go, as it can be selected if the money goes entirely to either the charities or the developers, but it defaults to split evenly between all parties. So far, over 60,000 contributors have spent nearly $500,000 with an average of $8.13 per transaction.
There’s only a few days left before the offer’s gone, so do give this beneficial experiment a look. Just don’t be that guy and pay a penny.