Humble Store: the Grand Opening
On May 4th, 2010, the world was introduced to the concept of Humble Bundles: a package of games where one could pay whatever he or she desired, and allocate money between developers, the site itself, and various charities. Now gamers are being ushered into the virtual Humble Store: where the grandiose bundles and weekly sales are pushed aside, in favour of a Steam-esque system. As opposed to having to buy games in groups — where you may have already bought one or two of the games within — you can now purchase single games at discounts.
Also like the bundles and weekly sales, the option to allocate funds between sources accordingly doesn’t come into play: a pre-determined 10% of the money spent on games will be issued to either Child’s Play, the American Red Cross (emergency assistance, and disaster relief), Electronic Frontier Foundation (a digital rights service), World Land Trust (environmental conservation), or Charity: Water (providing clean water to underdeveloped states).
The current games on sale for the special Debut Sale (including discounts) are as follows:
Don’t Starve: $7.50 (50% discount, from $15)
Euro Truck Simulator 2: $6.25 (75% discount, from $25).
Natural Selection 2: $6.25 (75% discount, from $25)
Prison Architect: $15 (50% discount, from $30)
Rogue Legacy: $7.50 (50% discount, from $15)
The Swapper: $5 (66% discount, from $15)
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare: $6.25 (75% discount, from $25)
Orcs Must Die! 2: Compete Pack: $6.25 (75% discount, from $25)
Gunpoint: $5 (50% discount, from $10)
It will be interesting to see whether the momentum carried from the Humble Bundles and weekly sales will allow the site to compete with Steam. As of the writing of this post, there are over 18 hours left in the sale: so go get some cheap games, and support charity!