CheesenessI think the notably high averages indicate that Humble's long time audiences and DF's hardcore fanbase are both at work, but some of the more opportunistic Humble contributors (who I speculate are the bulk that pull the averages down) are sitting this one out.
That is actually a very interesting point - the average purchase price does seem to be rather higher than for the mainstream Bundles with it currently being around $8.00.
The cross platform average across all bundles that I've tracked is $6.49. Excluding the eBook bundle. This is the highest Mac OS has ever been, Linux is 1c behind its highest average (first Humble Indie Bundle
), and Windows is a bit under a dollar away from its highest (Botanicula Debut
It's possible that the additional price tiers are pushing the average up, but significantly lower purchase numbers compared to say, the most recent Android bundle suggest to me that it's more that low payers sitting this one out (though I guess that could be interpreted that lower price payers aren't interested in the bundle for just Pnauts, Stacking and Costume Quest
HamishAnd it is true that things like the Frozenbyte bundle did not earn that much - but to be fair the Bundles were much younger then (personally the Frozenbyte one was my personal favourite, although I have unfortunately gotten a little wary of Frozenbyte themselves due to the fact that we have not seen a DRM free release of Goblin Menace yet, and they have not responded to any of my inquires on the subject, but that is a story for another thread).
I'll agree that if the Frozenbyte bundle had happened today, it would have pulled much more attention that when it happened, but find it hard to believe that it would have been on par with the "Indie" bundles simply because there are people (with poor taste
) out there who don't find FB's work appealing.
HamishWhen it comes to this one, Stacking is actually the one I am looking forward to playing the most - to get into Costume Quest you probably need to get over the whole "I am playing a kiddie game" aversion and the charm of Brutal Legend is probably lessened if you really do not have any particular interest in heavy metal music from almost thirty years ago, but since I received the Bundle as a birthday gift, I will definitely see what fun can be had with them.
I imagine that Costume Quest is probably less appealing to audiences who don't celebrate Halloween (I gave it a try last night, and I feel like I'm missing out on a lot of references
). Similarly, as you say, Brutal Legend is less accessible to people who aren't into heavy metal music/culture. Psychonauts (featured in a previous bundle
) and Stacking (also the game that I'm most looking forward to spending time with
) seem to be the most generally approachable titles in the bundle at the moment.