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The Humble Indie Bundle 21 launches to mark the tenth anniversary

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To mark the tenth anniversary, the team over at Humble have now launched the Humble Indie Bundle 21 with some wonderful Linux games included. Hard to imagine it was ten years ago that the first bundle appeared, back when it was run by Wolfire Games and later spun into its own company.

We've had a huge amount of games added to our collection thanks to Humble over this time!

Titles included at the initial tier:

  • Hotline Mami
  • Beat Cop
  • Dustforce DX

If you pay more than the average you get:

  • Moonlighter
  • Gato Roboto (not on Linux)
  • + more to come around 6PM UTC on May 19

The top tier meanwhile at £12 has:

  • Hypnospace Outlaw
  • Starbound

The sad part is how the HIB by itself used to stand for cross-platform and DRM-free, which seems to no longer be the case. With one title only on Windows, and not DRM-free either.

Still, a good selection overall of some new and some not so, and each is rated well by players. If I didn't have them already, I would happily be picking up a full bundle for that price. The Humble Indie Bundle 21 ends on Tuesday, May 26.

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Mnoleg 13 May
Quoting: TuxeeGuys, what did you expect?
I was expecting them to leave the HIB spirit rest in peace, yet they had to desecrate it.

  • Pay What You Want

  • DRM-Free

  • Cross Platform

  • Support Charity




Last edited by Mnoleg on 13 May 2020 at 9:59 am UTC
Alm888 13 May
This "Humble Indie Bundle" is a total disgrace! (IMSO)
Not only it includes non-Linux games, but also lacks DRM-free versions of some Linux versions.

Just a mockery of true Humble Indie Bundles with the same name.

I say, if you really want one of these games, just purchase it normally!
Quoting: TuxeeGuys, what did you expect? The first HBs were released when there was practically no Linux gaming in existence. It was sensational and the market share of the bundles by Linux users demonstrated this. Games were ported to Linux because of the bundles. Nowadays you get thousands of Linux titles and bundles, indie games frequently have same-day releases for Linux, too. With the advent of Steam and recently Proton there is just no place for Humble Indie Bundles anymore.

(And yes, they could have just left it there and skipped an anniversary bundle.)
What did I expect?
Well, maybe some dignity? Even though we are bathed in hundreds of games, "they" (whoever those "they" are, "they" have the audacity to still use the same name) should "stick to their guns" and honor the tradition that defined the Humble Indie Bundle: 1) Pay what you want; 2) DRM-free; 3) Cross-platform; 4) Charity.

There were setbacks ("Giana Sisters" etc.) in the past, but at least Humble Inc. tried! They could assemble a collection of small indie titles (maybe even some from earlier bundles) and I'm sure people would get the bundle just because. But no, IGN have trumped on the base HIB principles.


Last edited by Alm888 on 13 May 2020 at 12:00 pm UTC
Cyril 13 May
Quoting: Alm888There were setbacks ("Giana Sisters" etc.) in the past, but at least Humble Inc. tried!

Sorry for my ignorance, but what was the issue with Giana Sisters?
flesk 13 May
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Quoting: Cyril
Quoting: Alm888There were setbacks ("Giana Sisters" etc.) in the past, but at least Humble Inc. tried!

Sorry for my ignorance, but what was the issue with Giana Sisters?

The Linux version was supposed to be added later, and was outsourced to a company who ended up not being able to deliver on their promises. There's a huge Steam thread about it, which is almost comical because their community manager was so overly optimistic, and kept making promises that the Linux version would indeed be coming shortly:

https://steamcommunity.com/app/223220/discussions/0/540744936190211502/

I think it's as disappointing to them as to us (probably moreso), since they must have wound up paying a great deal for the game to be ported.


Last edited by flesk on 13 May 2020 at 3:58 pm UTC
Eike 13 May
Quoting: flesk
Quoting: Cyril
Quoting: Alm888There were setbacks ("Giana Sisters" etc.) in the past, but at least Humble Inc. tried!

Sorry for my ignorance, but what was the issue with Giana Sisters?

The Linux version was supposed to be added later

Mind the year(s) in the thread linked...
Cyril 13 May
Quoting: flesk
Quoting: Cyril
Quoting: Alm888There were setbacks ("Giana Sisters" etc.) in the past, but at least Humble Inc. tried!

Sorry for my ignorance, but what was the issue with Giana Sisters?

The Linux version was supposed to be added later, and was outsourced to a company who ended up not being able to deliver on their promises. There's a huge Steam thread about it, which is almost comical because their community manager is so overly optimistic, and keep making promises that the Linux version is indeed coming shortly:

https://steamcommunity.com/app/223220/discussions/0/540744936190211502/

I think it's as disappointing to them as to us (probably moreso), since they must have wound up paying a great deal for the game to be ported.

I didn't read all the thread as there is nearly a thousand comments, but nearly.
All I can say is that thread is a fucking nightmare, 110% sure, I promise.
And this is exactly that sort of thing that push some (a lot?) of Linux users to not give a single cent to a developer until a Linux version is really there and playable.

In this thread, there are many GOL users's comments, some of them are pure gold.
Also, interesting Corben's post:
https://steamcommunity.com/app/223220/discussions/0/540744936190211502/?ctp=57#c1734341526178545869

This is pure gold too:



Last edited by Cyril on 13 May 2020 at 4:51 pm UTC
ziabice 13 May
For the interested, I'm giving away some Humble Bundle games keys here: https://www.gamingonlinux.com/forum/topic/4391
TheBard 15 May
I remember the old times where "Humble Indie Bundle" meant DRM-Free and Cross Platform. This is probably the first Humble Indie Bundle to neither be DRM-Free nor Cross Platform. A very sad anniversary.

But hey! Even is Humble Indie Bundle is dead, the situation is much better now! We have strong supporters like Feral, Steam and others. We have lots of native games available and even more thanks to Wine/DXVK/Proton. So see you HIB, dear old friend, may you rest in peace.
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