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Humble Double Fine Bundle Launches, We Were Right!
Posted , 7 May 2013 at 6:27 pm UTC / 9288 views
Recently we did a small editorial (See here) on there possibly being a Humble Double Fine Bundle, today it came true!



It's really great to see a new Humble Bundle promoting cross platform support and DRM-Free!

The games this time:
Costume Quest - New to Linux
Psychonauts - New build for Linux & Mac
Stacking - New to Linux
Brutal Legend (Beat the average) - New to Linux. Just note the multiplayer only works on Steam
Broken Age ($35+ classed as a pre-order for their new game)
A T-Shirt ($70+)

The Cave is sadly not in this bundle though.

You need to pay at least $1 to get a Steam key as usual. You can purchase it from here.

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Bumadar commented on 15 May 2013 at 3:30 pm UTC

QuoteWe just added eight inventive prototypes to the Humble Double Fine Bundle! This includes Autonomous, Black Lake, Hack n’ Slash, Spacebase DF-9, The White Birch, Costume Quest prototype, Happy Song, and Brazen! (Please note, all the prototypes are Windows only.) 

[quote]We just added eight inventive prototypes to the Humble Double Fine Bundle! This includes Autonomous, Black Lake, Hack n’ Slash, Spacebase DF-9, The White Birch, Costume Quest prototype, Happy Song, and Brazen! ([u]Please note, all the prototypes are Windows only[/u].) [/quote]
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Hamish commented on 17 May 2013 at 3:03 pm UTC
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Am I the only noticing how poorly this Bundle has done financially in comparison to most of the the other Bundles? Only within the past few days did it cross the million dollar mark, which is hardly bad but hardly impressive considering Humble Bundles past records. This is more on par with Humble Indie Bundle 1 than anything else.

Could this be a sign of Bundle fatigue? I mean, I grant these games may be a little niche to some people, but they are certainly a lot more well known than many other Bundle titles, and this is first time that they have offered a swath of games from someone who could be called a legitimate video game auteur.

Am I the only noticing how poorly this Bundle has done financially in comparison to most of the the other Bundles? Only within the past few days did it cross the million dollar mark, which is hardly bad but hardly impressive considering Humble Bundles past records. This is more on par with Humble Indie Bundle 1 than anything else. Could this be a sign of Bundle fatigue? I mean, I grant these games may be a little niche to some people, but they are certainly a lot more well known than many other Bundle titles, and this is first time that they have offered a swath of games from someone who could be called a legitimate video game auteur.
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rioninja commented on 17 May 2013 at 3:23 pm UTC

I think it may be a combination of two things. First, bundle fatigue. What with the weekly sales and such, there hasn't been much of a break between this and previous bundles.  Second, while I personally love them, I don't think Double Fine's games have universal appeal. They're just a -bit- too quirky for some folks.

I think it may be a combination of two things. First, bundle fatigue. What with the weekly sales and such, there hasn't been much of a break between this and previous bundles.  Second, while I personally love them, I don't think Double Fine's games have universal appeal. They're just a -bit- too quirky for some folks.
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Cheeseness commented on 17 May 2013 at 3:24 pm UTC

I think there are a whole bunch of factors at play. I've heard a lot of murmurings about outstanding bugs in Psychonauts and The Cave making Linux users wary of getting emotionally invested in Double Fine. The pitch video is certainly bound to make anybody not familiar with Tim/Double Fine's character and sense of humour scratch their head in bewilderment. The Windows only bonus titles don't seem to have given this bundle the kick that previous ones have had from cross platform bonus titles.

I think the biggest factor is that this isn't a Humble Indie Bundle. It's a series of games from a single developer - one which may well have an acquired taste (I'm a big fan of Tim, but I can recognise that some of his work and the work he's fostered in Double Fine is a little too zany for the casual observer). The more diverse bundles have the ability to draw in a much more diverse audience than these focused ones. I'd be comparing it more to the Frozenbyte Bundle, the Voxatron Debut or the THQ Bundle than the "Indie" (or even the Android bundles).

That said, between their Kickstarter campaign and longtime fans, DF have a pretty impressive following and I would have thought that their supporters would have been able to garner much greater attention for this bundle (I was expecting it to be closer to $2m by now, and my initial expectations were that we'd get 35k+ Linux purchasers).

So, yeah. I can see a few aspects that would probably be offputting, but I'm still scratching my head as well. I 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.

I think there are a whole bunch of factors at play. I've heard a lot of murmurings about outstanding bugs in Psychonauts and The Cave making Linux users wary of getting emotionally invested in Double Fine. The pitch video is certainly bound to make anybody not familiar with Tim/Double Fine's character and sense of humour scratch their head in bewilderment. The Windows only bonus titles don't seem to have given this bundle the kick that previous ones have had from cross platform bonus titles. I think the biggest factor is that this isn't a Humble Indie Bundle. It's a series of games from a single developer - one which may well have an acquired taste ([i]I'm a big fan of Tim, but I can recognise that some of his work and the work he's fostered in Double Fine is a little too zany for the casual observer[/i]). The more diverse bundles have the ability to draw in a much more diverse audience than these focused ones. I'd be comparing it more to the Frozenbyte Bundle, the Voxatron Debut or the THQ Bundle than the "Indie" ([i]or even the Android bundles[/i]). That said, between their Kickstarter campaign and longtime fans, DF have a pretty impressive following and I would have thought that their supporters would have been able to garner much greater attention for this bundle ([i]I was expecting it to be closer to $2m by now, and my initial expectations were that we'd get 35k+ Linux purchasers[/i]). So, yeah. I can see a few aspects that would probably be offputting, but I'm still scratching my head as well. I 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 ([i]who I speculate are the bulk that pull the averages down[/i]) are sitting this one out.
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liamdawe commented on 17 May 2013 at 3:38 pm UTC

Speaking personally for me I haven't purchased this one, mainly because I am not interested in the games to sit down and play myself. I think that will be one of the big reasons is that their games have a particular audience as opposed to a HIB.

Speaking personally for me I haven't purchased this one, mainly because I am not interested in the games to sit down and play myself. I think that will be one of the big reasons is that their games have a particular audience as opposed to a HIB.
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berarma commented on 17 May 2013 at 3:56 pm UTC

I agree that the main reason might be that this bundle doesn't have a game for almost everyone like other bundles, and I guess that gamers being eager for this special kind of games wouldn't wait to buy them in a bundle. Also, psychonauts was already in a previous bundle and I guess almost everyone interested already owned it, that makes it a 3 games bundle plus a crowdfunding.

I like these games and most are debuting on GNU/Linux, so this bundle is great for me.

I agree that the main reason might be that this bundle doesn't have a game for almost everyone like other bundles, and I guess that gamers being eager for this special kind of games wouldn't wait to buy them in a bundle. Also, psychonauts was already in a previous bundle and I guess almost everyone interested already owned it, that makes it a 3 games bundle plus a crowdfunding. I like these games and most are debuting on GNU/Linux, so this bundle is great for me.
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Hamish commented on 17 May 2013 at 5:02 pm UTC
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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.

And 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).

When it comes to how much the game's appeal, I must admit that I have mostly played only one or two titles from a Bundle and then never got around to the others. I have only played one game out of HIB3 for any length of time (Steel Storm) and only very briefly dabbled with two of the games from HIB2 (and one of them I did only because I had won the game previously from a contest). The Introversion Bundle I was generously gifted gave me hours upon hours of entertainment, but that was just me playing Dungeons of Dredmor. HIB5 and HIB6 actually have better track records for me, with me having spent a great deal of time with at least two games from each.

When 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.

[quote=Cheeseness]I 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 ([i]who I speculate are the bulk that pull the averages down[/i]) are sitting this one out.[/quote] 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. And 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). When it comes to how much the game's appeal, I must admit that I have mostly played only one or two titles from a Bundle and then never got around to the others. I have only played one game out of HIB3 for any length of time (Steel Storm) and only very briefly dabbled with two of the games from HIB2 (and one of them I did only because I had won the game previously from a contest). The Introversion Bundle I was generously gifted gave me hours upon hours of entertainment, but that was just me playing Dungeons of Dredmor. HIB5 and HIB6 actually have better track records for me, with me having spent a great deal of time with at least two games from each. When 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.
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berarma commented on 17 May 2013 at 6:15 pm UTC

Hamish
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.

This bundle, unlike others, has special offers, $35 for Broken Age and $70 for a exclusive T-shirt, that might have helped raise the price too.

[quote=Hamish][quote=Cheeseness]I 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 ([i]who I speculate are the bulk that pull the averages down[/i]) are sitting this one out.[/quote] 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. [/quote] This bundle, unlike others, has special offers, $35 for Broken Age and $70 for a exclusive T-shirt, that might have helped raise the price too.
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Cheeseness commented on 18 May 2013 at 5:45 am UTC

Hamish
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.

[quote=Hamish][quote=Cheeseness]I 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 ([i]who I speculate are the bulk that pull the averages down[/i]) are sitting this one out.[/quote] 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.[/quote] 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 ([i]first Humble Indie Bundle[/i]), and Windows is a bit under a dollar away from its highest ([i]Botanicula Debut[/i]). 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 ([i]though I guess that could be interpreted that lower price payers aren't interested in the bundle for just Pnauts, Stacking and Costume Quest[/i]). [quote=Hamish]And 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).[/quote] 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 ([i]with poor taste[/i]) out there who don't find FB's work appealing. [quote=Hamish]When 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.[/quote] I imagine that Costume Quest is probably less appealing to audiences who don't celebrate Halloween ([i]I gave it a try last night, and I feel like I'm missing out on a lot of references[/i]). Similarly, as you say, Brutal Legend is less accessible to people who aren't into heavy metal music/culture. Psychonauts ([i]featured in a previous bundle[/i]) and Stacking ([i]also the game that I'm most looking forward to spending time with[/i]) seem to be the most generally approachable titles in the bundle at the moment.
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