Everyone by now should know about Humble Bundle, they used to be a provider of great DRM FREE and cross platform (Linux, Mac and Windows) indie games including games like Osmos, Aquaria,
Psychonauts, World of Goo etc.
A lot of people including myself used them as shining examples of how things should be done - cross platform, drm free, buy once get all platforms and even support charity! Now is not the case.
They launched a THQ Bundle which has AAA games (that's not the issue) the issue is that the games are DRM-bound, tied to one service (Steam), not cross platform and from a developer who even supported some rather shady internet bills.
Here is what Humble said to me about it:
Thanks for emailing us. I’m sorry to hear this bundle wasn’t as satisfactory for you as we’d hoped!
While we realize the Humble THQ Bundle is different from previous bundles, we just want to let you know that this is just one of many sweet bundles we’re going to be doing. We definitely aren’t giving up on awesome cross-platform, DRM-free bundles, and we think you’ll be super excited by our next bundle. (PS… it’s Humble Indie Bundle 7!) We’ve even hired an in-house porter who is porting sweet Linux and Mac games round the clock!
Again, I’m sorry to hear that this bundle wasn’t what you were looking for, but I sincerely hope you come back and check out Humble Indie Bundle 7 and all the future awesome bundles we have planned!
So they won't be stopping their usual "good" bundles but it does beg the question - why did they drop their original principles? Is it a money grab? Is it to help a in-need THQ (they are having some err financial troubles)?
Here is an image our resident reviewer Hamish dug up which explains it all really:
Oh how times have changed!
To me it just seems like they have lost their ways completely on this one, yes their "good" bundles won't stop but now their original purpose and original values have gone completely out the window for in my eyes - money. So it comes down to it, they are a business and they want money at the expense of their original "good" image, to me that image has been tarnished by this.
They have stated elsewhere that they hope the money from this bundle will help them better their services, just to point something out to them is their notifications of game updates which in my eyes is extremely poor, they do it via a twitter account...and that's it. You won't find mention of each patch on their blog or website it seems so you have to keep your eyes peeled to a twitter account to get notified of bugs that have been fixed and pushed to your download pages - very poor communiction in my eyes.
On top of all that their recent bundle has had a game missing for months for Linux users (not the porters fualt) they have been pushing out too many bundles too quickly and it is showing, games have had glaring bugs in them (Waking Mars for example you couldn't change screen resolution..) and Vessel is as of this moment still missing.
With that said they have hired as Matthew said a in-house porter so things should hopefully improve in that respect, at least a little.
What I would personally like to see is them be much more open than they are, they could start by having their own forum up where people can post for help and connect with the developers, hell they could even get the patch notes/game update notifications there too!
Oh and to try to fix their image, yeah they should probably do that too, either go back to your original values (Like what he said would never happen - has happened) or drop the image of a cross platform, drm free for charity games provider altogether and just stick every game you can no matter the DRM in bundles and push the Linux and Mac buyers away like you just have.
So there you have it folks, that's my view on it all and I doubt it will change in a hurry. For shame Humble.
If you want to donate to charity, then go to the charity and donate. You don't need to support DRM or a company THQ who supported shady internet bills to do it!