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Humble Indie Bundle V Released

Soulskill posted more than 2 years ago | from the linux-is-winning-again dept.

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New submitter Splintercat writes "The Humble Indie Bundle V has just been released, featuring Psychonauts, LIMBO, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, and Bastion for Windows, OSX and Linux. Ubuntu software center support has also been added as a method of downloading."

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Just been released! (-1, Troll)

dyingtolive (1393037) | more than 2 years ago | (#40180155)

...Yesterday.

Re:Just been released! (0)

The MAZZTer (911996) | more than 2 years ago | (#40180197)

The story was submitted yesterday.

Re:Just been released! (-1, Flamebait)

kdawson (3715) (1344097) | more than 2 years ago | (#40180343)

The story was submitted yesterday.

And aproved today. Would you like to loose your user priviledges?

Re:Just been released! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40180379)

Nice troll.

Re:Just been released! (2)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | more than 2 years ago | (#40180405)

The story was submitted yesterday.

And approved today. Would you like to loose your user privileges?

I'd rather tighten them.

Re:Just been released! (1)

webheaded (997188) | more than 2 years ago | (#40182817)

And approved today. Would you like to lose your user privileges?

I'd rather tighten them.

You forgot to correct loose to lose. :)

Re:Just been released! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40180473)

No, don't loose them, tighten them.

Re:Just been released! (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40180619)

The story was submitted yesterday.

And aproved today. Would you like to loose your user priviledges?

Yeah that's about the degree of English mastery one would rightly expect from a Slashdot editor. Oh and threatening a user, that's not tacky at all. As you can see we're all so scared!

How about we "loose" incompetent assholes like you? In this job market lots of people would be happy to outperform you.

Re:Just been released! (2)

Muramas95 (2459776) | more than 2 years ago | (#40180663)

This story should of been released when it was submitted.

Re:Just been released! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40180311)

Still the fastest turnaround I've seen on Slashdot since I started trolling the site.

Re:Just been released! (1)

dyingtolive (1393037) | more than 2 years ago | (#40182405)

Geez, mods seem vindictive today. Run out of Midol much?

Pretty good bundle (5, Informative)

tocsy (2489832) | more than 2 years ago | (#40180243)

Worth it for Psychonauts alone, if you don't have it. I'd never heard of any of the other games but I've been told they're all pretty spectacular.

Re:Pretty good bundle (5, Informative)

dyingtolive (1393037) | more than 2 years ago | (#40180317)

Amnesia is amazing. I really need to go back and finish it. Sword and Sworcery is... interesting, but the soundtrack is pretty decent if you're in to that kind of thing.

Re:Pretty good bundle (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40181211)

Amnesia is so amazing you didn't bother to finish it?

Re:Pretty good bundle (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40181695)

It's a really scary game!

Re:Pretty good bundle (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40181989)

Amnesia creeped me out too much, I couldn't make myself finish it.

Re:Pretty good bundle (1)

dyingtolive (1393037) | more than 2 years ago | (#40182431)

It's one of those games you just have to stop and take a break from sometimes. It's actually genuinely creepy.

See these player reactions (1)

G3ckoG33k (647276) | more than 2 years ago | (#40183401)

See these player reactions

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1RKuM57nPA [youtube.com]

Real men... uh... get scared, too...

(No, I don't dare to play it)

Re:Pretty good bundle (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 2 years ago | (#40180431)

That is, if you didn't play it 10 years ago on the Xbox. Also, Psychonauts left me with a "hm, that was neat" feeling more than a "wow, that was amazing" feeling. But that's just me.

Re:Pretty good bundle (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40180461)

Well, even terrible games are worth a penny.

Re:Pretty good bundle (1)

Gr8Apes (679165) | more than 2 years ago | (#40181331)

No, no they're not. Sometimes they should pay you for your wasted time.

Re:Pretty good bundle (1)

Cederic (9623) | more than 2 years ago | (#40180559)

I already had Bastion, so I bought the pack as a gift for a friend (with Bastion) and then bought it for myself (without Bastion).

Obviously had I done it the other way around I'd have lowered the average price, but I paid more than the minimums for both packs anyway.

Re:Pretty good bundle (1)

Cederic (9623) | more than 2 years ago | (#40180581)

What I meant to say in my other reply is that Bastion is just superb.

Combat mechanics are a bit repetitive, but the overall package is a genuinely groundbreaking gameplay experience, and that's always a joy - first time I've had one since Battlefield:Vietnam.

Re:Pretty good bundle (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40180801)

Apparently Notch agrees. He is listed as the second highest contributor.

Re:Pretty good bundle (1)

butalearner (1235200) | more than 2 years ago | (#40181191)

Apparently Notch agrees. He is listed as the second highest contributor.

He's pretty much always the highest single contributor. The other "guy" is a group of people who pool their money solely to be the highest one.

Re:Pretty good bundle (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40181009)

I'd never heard of any of the other games but I've been told they're all pretty spectacular.

What? Please do not write sentences like that. They make my head hurt.

Re:Pretty good bundle (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40181305)

What? Please do not write sentences like that, they make my head hurt.

FTFY.

Re:Pretty good bundle (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40181935)

What? Please do not write sentences like that; they make my head hurt.

FTFY.

FTFY

Re:Pretty good bundle (1)

ifiwereasculptor (1870574) | more than 2 years ago | (#40181097)

I was going to say the same about Amnesia. A spetacular game that doubles as a very potent laxative. Really, this bundle seems to be the best yet.

Re:Pretty good bundle (1)

justinlindh (1016121) | more than 2 years ago | (#40181811)

Couldn't agree more. Amnesia is the only game that I've ever played where I had to stop playing it too late at night because it creeped me out. I highly recommend playing the game in a dark room with headphones.

Re:Pretty good bundle (1)

Blue Stone (582566) | more than 2 years ago | (#40181355)

Absolutely. Buy it just for Psychonaughts!

I already bought it earlier in the year (otherwise I would have jumped on this) and it's funny, inventive, crazy and a delight to play. A top-notch game, one of my favourites of all time.

Re:Pretty good bundle (1)

Goateee (1415809) | more than 2 years ago | (#40181469)

I have'nt tried Sword&sworcery yet, but all the other games in this pack are among the best indie games out there. Psychonauts is one of my favorite games ever, Limbo and Amnesia are great horror titles and bastion is a hack-n-slash game with a good story and a narrator that discusses everything you do while you do it, which is quite funny.

An all-star pack (4, Insightful)

PhrostyMcByte (589271) | more than 2 years ago | (#40180263)

Including the scores in FLAC is awesome. More games need to do this.

If you ever wanted the best-of-the-best indie games, this bundle is full of them and well worth paying for.

Best Humble Bundle Ever (1)

Muramas95 (2459776) | more than 2 years ago | (#40180289)

This bundle has a lot of great titles and I would not be surprised if the average passed $10

what? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40180309)

is that?

Pretty awesome. (2)

krinderlin (1212738) | more than 2 years ago | (#40180363)

I own Psychonauts already as part of picking up Stacking, haven't played it yet. I have Amnesia, it's pretty awesome, though I don't play it much at all. (I suck at survival horror. It's enough trying to get through a horror movie much less something requiring active participation. So I'm about 20 minutes into the game after a few months. Lol.) I played the Bastion demo on XBox and it was awesome sauce. I've been eyeing Swords & Sorcery for a while. It alone is worth picking up the bundle. :-)

Yes, I'm going to say it again (5, Insightful)

guises (2423402) | more than 2 years ago | (#40180455)

All right, this has been said to death but what the hell: You, yes you, need to play Psychonauts. It is a game that every single person needs to play, and here it is on every major platform, DRM free, for $.01 (if that's what you want to pay). No excuses any more.

Suggestion: the game plays better with a control pad, so consider acquiring one of those if you don't have one already.

Re:Yes, I'm going to say it again (-1, Troll)

cpu6502 (1960974) | more than 2 years ago | (#40180625)

>>>here it is on every major platform

It works on my PS2?
Or my Nintendo Wii?
Or Xbox360?

Re:Yes, I'm going to say it again (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40180847)

It works on my PS2?
Or my Nintendo Wii?
Or Xbox360?

This person [slashdot.org] claims it runs on PS2. Or maybe Gamecube (in which case it'll run on older Wiis).

Re:Yes, I'm going to say it again (1)

PIBM (588930) | more than 2 years ago | (#40180857)

On every major platform. Those are nothing, except the xbox360, for which there's a release:

http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Full-Game-Psychonauts/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d8024d4a07d2 [xbox.com]

There you go, have fun!

Re:Yes, I'm going to say it again (1)

cpu6502 (1960974) | more than 2 years ago | (#40181223)

>>>It works on my PS2? Or my Nintendo Wii? Or Xbox360?
>>
>>Those are nothing, except the xbox360

The PS2 hold the record for the best-selling console ever. And the Wii is the best-selling of this generation.... outselling the other two by 40 million units. I wouldn't call that "nothing" unless you're just trolling because you hate Nintendo and Sony.

DRM free (4, Insightful)

tepples (727027) | more than 2 years ago | (#40180923)

here it is on every major platform, DRM free

It works on my PS2?
Or my Nintendo Wii?
Or Xbox360?

It appears you may have cut off guises' comment out of context. Those are not DRM-free platforms; they require all code to have been approved by the console maker.

Re:Yes, I'm going to say it again (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40182863)

Fine.

Any major platform that has the free will to install software of your choosing, and developers can make it without paying anyone not directly involved in making the game a dime..

Re:Yes, I'm going to say it again (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40180703)

Suggestion: the game plays better with a control pad, so consider acquiring one of those if you don't have one already.

I've seen this claim made before... and it's never been true IME.

I mean think about it. There's a reason game companies are so careful not to let PC users compete against console users in games where speed/accuracy matters like first-person shooters. That's because the mouse-and-keyboard people would slaughter the control-pad people.

First-person shooters are not a magical exception. The mouse and keyboard is inherently superior in every way to the control pad.

Re:Yes, I'm going to say it again (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40180817)

For those who are skeptical: Link [engadget.com]

Re:Yes, I'm going to say it again (1)

Gadget_Guy (627405) | more than 2 years ago | (#40182397)

Suggestion: the game plays better with a control pad, so consider acquiring one of those if you don't have one already.

I've seen this claim made before... and it's never been true IME.

I bought my Xbox 360 controller when I got Batman: Arkham Asylum based on advice I had been given. That game was a bit of a mess. I know everyone seem to love that game, but I found it disappointingly frustrating to play.

That is until half way through when I decided to see what the mouse/keyboard was like. All of a sudden I was fighting with the finesse that Batman should have. It was not longer a chore just to get Batman to look around, it was just a flick of the mouse.

I do believe that for some people, the controller is the better option. For me, it is almost never the case. I think it all comes down to what you are the most familiar with. People need to try a controller with different game types to see if it suits them, but you can't just make a blanket statement one way or the other (as both you and the grandparent did).

Re:Yes, I'm going to say it again (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40182835)

No, Control pads ARE superior when playing games where the character moves INDEPENDENTLY of the camera system (which Psychonauts is). It's not a matter of aiming a crosshair but of control in orientation relative to the character and not the camera, as the platforming is more fluid.

Re:Yes, I'm going to say it again (1)

guises (2423402) | more than 2 years ago | (#40183035)

First-person shooters are not a magical exception. The mouse and keyboard is inherently superior in every way to the control pad.

This just isn't true, it's all about how the game is designed. You wouldn't play Katamari Damacy with a mouse and keyboard, or Street Fighter, or Super Mario Bros. Psychonauts was clearly designed with a control pad in mind.

Obviously, being designed for a control pad isn't enough - as you point out, FPS games are always better with a mouse and keyboard, as are RTS games, and anything with a lot of menus. But platformers are usually better with a control pad. I remember struggling through Oni with a mouse and keyboard, that was a chore.

Re:Yes, I'm going to say it again (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40180775)

It's a great concept, but the controls and graphics are terrible. I tried playing it for a while, but just couldn't get used to the dodgy camera and weird controls. Would love to see Psychonauts remade with the same story and proper interface.

Steam sale on DoubleFine stuff (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40180493)

I've already got most of these games, except for Psychonauts. I took a look at Steam and they've got Psychonauts on sale right now.

In fact, there's a DoubleFine package [steampowered.com] on sale for the next 24 hours. Pyschonauts, Stacking, & Costume Quest for $15.

Re:Steam sale on DoubleFine stuff (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40181443)

DRM Free? for 3 different platforms? WIth the soundtrack? ... See .. that's why the HB is still better than Steam (and GOG is also better, for two of those reasons)

Re:Steam sale on DoubleFine stuff (1)

Gr8Apes (679165) | more than 2 years ago | (#40181773)

but it's Steam... (although the Humble Bundle also allows you to use Steam as well) Some of us would just like the packages, no extras thank you.

Never heard of these games (0)

cpu6502 (1960974) | more than 2 years ago | (#40180533)

Only heard of "Psychonauts" which I have on my PS2 (or Gamecube...I forget which). Are the other games worth wasting my time on? If not I'll skip it.

Re:Never heard of these games (1)

dyingtolive (1393037) | more than 2 years ago | (#40180571)

Amnesia was really good. It was made by the guys who did the Penumbra games.

Re:Never heard of these games (3, Informative)

ProbablyJoe (1914672) | more than 2 years ago | (#40180621)

Amnesia is the only one I've played, which is very good. Bastion and Limbo are also very highly rated. Don't know anything about the one.

Re:Never heard of these games (4, Insightful)

thoth (7907) | more than 2 years ago | (#40180743)

It's tough to give a blanket recommendation given I (nobody) can really know what you'll like, but my thinking on this is these games are available at such a low cost, it is worth getting them just to play for an hour each. And support the concept of multi-platform DRM-free gaming. With this bundle, you even get the soundtracks in 2 formats! If it turns out you like one, that's like icing on the cake.

I've thrown in $15 - $25 for each Humble Indie Bundle so far, and have found a few real gems in there. My favorite so far as in HIB 2 (I think): Space Chem, which is basically an organic chemistry puzzle game.

Anyway, I played Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP on my iPhone, partway, and look forward to having it around on all my systems. It's got simple graphics, but a quirky sense of humor (written dialog) and some great background music. I'd say check it out. YMMV as far as Metacritic scores, but I'll also note that all games in this bundle score well, above 80/100.

Limbo Linux port (4, Informative)

ProbablyJoe (1914672) | more than 2 years ago | (#40180607)

Unfortunately the Linux 'port' of Limbo is actually just a Wine wrapper. It doesn't even run for me, some say it works worse than running the Windows binary in Wine, or have reported various problems and bad performance.

Pretty lazy when every other game has managed to make a proper native Linux port.

Re:Limbo Linux port (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40180753)

It works fine if you run it with your native copy of wine, not the version that comes with the game. I had the same issue. Stupid and lazy that they didn't make a proper port

Re:Limbo Linux port (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40180763)

The Psychonauts port is sortof buggy - my nose tells me the problem is with ATI's drivers, though. The cutscenes either play without sound or cause the game to crash. But it's an icculus port, so I'm hoping for a patch soon.

Re:Limbo Linux port (1)

polymeris (902231) | more than 2 years ago | (#40180965)

"Proper native Linux port"... maybe but more often its just some flash thingy that runs very poorly. In my experience you have to count on half or more of any given bundle's games not working.* It is really a blind guess, and support is awful. This time I am going to pay $5 or so (to charity) and only up the amount later, if the games run.

*Notable exception: the introversion/dredmor bundle

I don't approve (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40180691)

I know this isn't going to be a popular opinion on here, but I feel it needs to be said. I love the idea of the HIB, but I absolutely hate the fact that you now have to "beat" some amount to get the whole bundle. This flies in the face of the original concept. They need to drop this greedy money-grab and go back to the original premise.

PS. I have never paid less than the average amount for an HIB I downloaded. It's not the money, it's the principle.

Re:I don't approve (2, Insightful)

gorzek (647352) | more than 2 years ago | (#40180963)

You always get the whole bundle. What you get for paying above the average are bonuses, not part of the original bundle. It's a "thank you" for going the extra mile.

Sure, it probably boosts the contributions, but for crying out loud--you're talking about getting a handful of decent games for under ten bucks. How much of a cheapskate does one have to be to whine about that, when retail games for major platforms average $50 to $60?

Re:I don't approve (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40182701)

Reading comprehension fail.

Re:I don't approve (1)

gorzek (647352) | more than 2 years ago | (#40182801)

I comprehended what you wrote just fine, I simply didn't agree with it. There is the bundle itself, and then the bonuses--you want the bonuses, you pay over $x.xx. Simple. You don't have to like it, but you went so far as to claim the HIB folks are violating their own principles (as if you are the arbiter of what those principles may be.)

More bundles (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40180693)

If you're into indie game bundles. There are currently several other active bundles:
Groupees Build a Bundle [groupees.com]
Indie Gala [indiegala.com]
Indie Royale Graduation Bundle [indieroyale.com]
Bundle in a Box [bundle-in-a-box.com]

Re:More bundles (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40182147)

That's a whole lotta "bundle" releases, didn't see a lot of Linux support in there, so they'd have to play on my netbook. WRC (from the Indie Gala bundle) was a pretty good rally race game (although I see no mention of the track editor in this release).
I'd sure like to see a good pinball+editor game bundled anywhere, that would be worth the purchase alone, for me - a modern graphics rendering on a portrait-turned LCD TV would be awesome.

Re:More bundles (1)

Gadget_Guy (627405) | more than 2 years ago | (#40182681)

And you can have a look at the rest of the list at the Indie Kings bundle tracker [indiekings.com] , although not all of the 18 listed bundles should really be there (eg. The Blackwell Bundle [gog.com] ). However, there is even a couple of free bundles to grab.

I also notice that they missed out on the Just Adventure - Pay What You Want Special 3 Maybe 4 Great Games [justadventure.com] . Now I just need a time machine to play all these games.

OS X logo ? (2)

Nadir (805) | more than 2 years ago | (#40180711)

Slashdot should have used the joystick image...

Re:OS X logo ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40181161)

Slashdot should have used the joystick image...

Yes, but the Disapproving Glare of Saint Jobs came down to haunt them due to lack of proper amounts of worship on the site lately, so they had to compromise.

Fine bundle (1)

kermidge (2221646) | more than 2 years ago | (#40180715)

Finally, a sale that coincides with payday. Bundle is worth it for Amnesia alone. (Frictional Games does some neat stuff; their physics in the Penumbra series was pretty amazing.) Installed via Ubuntu Software Center, works great.

Cross platform via wine (5, Informative)

ProteusMoteus (192782) | more than 2 years ago | (#40180729)

Limbo on Linux is a wine bottle [ziemecki.net] that runs with very poor performance. Trying to improve performance via the latest version of wine exposes a recent bug (shader model 3.0 [winehq.org] ). Psychonauts on Linux is a real icculus [wikipedia.org] port, but is just a wine bottle on Mac.

Don't consider wine compatibility as the type of support for Mac/Linux that I expected from the Humble Indie Bundle.

Re:Cross platform via wine (5, Interesting)

MasterPatricko (1414887) | more than 2 years ago | (#40180831)

disappointing, but they have an excuse, don't know how valid it really is:

from the FAQ:

Q: Why is Limbo for Linux a wrapper?
A: Unfortunately the audio for Limbo is middle-ware which could not be properly ported.

Re:Cross platform via wine (2)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 2 years ago | (#40181003)

And Bastion is cross-platform via Mono (I wonder how that'll go on Slashdot where the groupthink is to love HIB but hate Mono).

Re:Cross platform via wine (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 2 years ago | (#40181487)

Groupthink to hate Mono?
So you are magically not part of this groupthink?

Some people, these days probably a minority hate Mono. I am one of them. It is a trap just like silverlight.

Re:Cross platform via wine (1)

Gr8Apes (679165) | more than 2 years ago | (#40181897)

Hey, if someone wants to use Mono and it works for them, great. I dislike Mono because it validates and extends the base of a crap MS language that MS can't even internally agree on what it should be and do. (Try doing system coding with any .NET language - no fair dropping to MFC or Win32, I can achieve the same effects by linking native code in any other language, except the interface will be better) I do like the HIB, but this one would have been nice for full disclosure. I've got several bundles, but not all, primarily because I don't need multiple copies and some of the games don't interest me. (The best package was bundle 1 or 2, with Samorost and Machinarium - those were pretty cool, just IMHO of course)

Re:Cross platform via wine (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40182553)

Using P/Invoke is as simple or more than using native code on other languages (check JNI). As for "language", I assume you are talking about c#. It is a great language and that is recon by programmers on other platform/languages.

"crap MS language that MS can't even internally agree on what it should be and do."... couldn't make sense of this? are you talking about the Net platform, or a specific language, ... or what.

I seems more like you know nothing of it and should stick to the regular set of complains about Mono being a trap or a way to expand MS ground.

Re:Cross platform via wine (3, Interesting)

makomk (752139) | more than 2 years ago | (#40182099)

Using Mono to make it easier to port applications developed for Windows to Linux is something that even RMS doesn't particularly object to. The reason why it was controversial was because the Mono developers were trying to push it as a platform to develop new Linux desktop applications, which exposed the Linux desktop to legal risk from Microsoft and their patent portfolio and meant that the applications actually worked better under Windows than Linux. In fact, I think this is the first Windows application I've come across that's been successfully ported to Linux using Mono rather than the otther way around.

Re:Cross platform via wine (2)

gorzek (647352) | more than 2 years ago | (#40181045)

Yeah, I was surprised to hear that. I thought the Linux/Mac versions in the HIBs were almost always native ports. If they can't manage a native port, they shouldn't advertise that game as being "compatible" with Linux/Mac. (Getting it to run under WINE is your own business, then.)

Re:Cross platform via wine (1)

nine-times (778537) | more than 2 years ago | (#40181069)

To some extent, I think it depends on how good the compatibility is. If WINE were a flawless compatibility layer with no performance hit, then I'd have no objection. However, if I buy it because it's advertising cross-platform compatibility and it doesn't run well on my platform of choice, then I think I'm going to be angry regardless of the method of porting it.

Amnesia (1)

jgtg32a (1173373) | more than 2 years ago | (#40180903)

I'm buying an extra copy of the bundle and am going to install Amnesia on a computer I just built for my brother; I will not make any mention of what the game is.

Re:Amnesia (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40181025)

I would gladly make mention of what the game is. But I forget.

As always Linux (2)

future assassin (639396) | more than 2 years ago | (#40181127)

users on average pay/donate more...

Re:As always Linux (3, Insightful)

ifiwereasculptor (1870574) | more than 2 years ago | (#40181557)

And our reward is lazy, Wine-based "ports".

Re:As always Linux (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40183271)

Get yourself a copy of the latest version of Microsoft "Windows"!

Don't know why I keep buying these (2)

polymeris (902231) | more than 2 years ago | (#40181283)

Tempting offer, but past experience indicates (for me, at least) I get only 50% of my games worth:
Games that I tried & worked: World of Goo, Lugaru HD, Aquaria, Osmos, Revenge of the Titans, Cortex Command, Frozen Synapse, VVVVVV, Steel Storm, Avadon, Canabalt, Cogs, Darwinina, Multiwinia, Uplink, Dungeons of Dredmor

Games that didn't work, despite my efforts (and sometimes insistence trying to get support): Gish, Penumbra: Overture, Samorost 2, Braid, Machinarium, Trine, Shadowgrounds, Shadowgrounds Survivor, Jack Claw, SpaceChem, Trauma, Crayon Physics Deluxe, Cogs, Hammerfight, Zen Bound 2

Games that were promised but never actually released: Splot

That said, World of Goo, Frozen Synapse & Dungeons of Dredmor alone were worth all the frustration.

Re:Don't know why I keep buying these (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40182169)

Yeah, I went back and checked Splot the other day just to see if it ever got released... no dice. It's a shitty game anyway, so nothing was lost.

Re:Don't know why I keep buying these (1)

stillnotelf (1476907) | more than 2 years ago | (#40182555)

My experience has been similar, but my hardware (5 year old integrated-graphics laptop) is so old that most of the failures are just insufficient resources. I usually throw in something near the minimum, then up it later if I really like one of the games. I LOVED Osmos and VVVVVV. Machinarium and Samorost 2 appear to be flash games so I'm surprosed they gave you trouble. PS, you have Cogs listed in both lists.

Re:Don't know why I keep buying these (1)

stillnotelf (1476907) | more than 2 years ago | (#40182573)

*surprised; that's my karma for pointing out Cogs

Re:Don't know why I keep buying these (1)

polymeris (902231) | more than 2 years ago | (#40183171)

My bad. Cogs did work on my android phone, not very fluidly, but worked. Didn't try it on the (debian) desktop.
And yes, perhaps I am expecting too much from my oldish hardware, but there are many games that I thought should work (notice that those that don't are not necessarily the ones with the fanciest graphics).

Answering your own question? (1)

Daetrin (576516) | more than 2 years ago | (#40182557)

"Don't know why I keep buying these"

"That said, World of Goo, Frozen Synapse & Dungeons of Dredmor alone were worth all the frustration."

Also, if you feel like you're only getting 50% of the worth, why not then just pay about half what you would otherwise expect if the games all worked? Or shift the balance so less money goes to the developers and more goes to Child's Play or the EFF?

(Also, are you playing on Linux or something? I haven't had any issues getting the games to run. Admittedly i haven't actually tried all of them yet, but i know specifically that SpaceChem, Crayon Physics Deluxe and Braid run just fine on my Windows 7 machine.)

Re:Answering your own question? (1)

polymeris (902231) | more than 2 years ago | (#40183115)

That is exactly what I intend to do from now on. Pay $5 to the charities and up the amount if the games work and I feel they are worth it. The thing is, it is not so much about the money as it is about waiting for the download to complete, fiddle around with the installers, browse forums looking for answers, and the general frustration about things not working.

Sword & Sworcery (1)

zyzko (6739) | more than 2 years ago | (#40181371)

I may sound like a salesman but seriously, grab this just for the (choice of FLAC or mp3) soundtrack of Sword & Sworcery - it is really that good. [bandcamp.com] . And the game is not bad either - looking forward to the others which are new to me....

Re:Sword & Sworcery (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40183211)

I'd definitely like to second and third the named person above. Myself, my family, and several of my friends enjoyed Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP quite a lot. (And I bought the bundle just for the S:S&S EP Soundtrack in FLAC, which I was putting off ordering from Bandcamp.)

If you're reading this and haven't bought it, check out the soundtrack streaming at the link that 6739 posted. It's highly superior.

Ni6ga (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40181375)

I used to like Humble Bundle. (1)

toddmbloom (1625689) | more than 2 years ago | (#40181421)

But seeing their support for the EFF trolls in this latest one killed any interest in supporting them further.

Re:I used to like Humble Bundle. (1)

stillnotelf (1476907) | more than 2 years ago | (#40182605)

They've supported the EFF with most of them...

Re:I used to like Humble Bundle. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40183379)

On a positive note, they are donating a large percentage of the proceeds to the GNAA. I think we can all get behind those guys.

Slightly Disappointed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40182705)

As a Linux zealot^Wuser, I was going to contribute over 5x the average, but seeing here that some of the ports are Wine and Mono, I decided to only contribute about 2x the average. But, I know there is no way for that action to signal the reason for my displeasure back to the developers so they can behave better next time; hmm... I suppose the best course is to still make a generous contribution so next time they treat Linux with more respect.

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