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Old 7 May 2010, 11:49 PM   #1
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Default New Game Pricing Model: Pay Whatever You Like

Independent game publishers have come out with a new way to fight piracy: Pay Whatever You Like.

Instead of paying $80 for the package of 5 indie games, you can choose to pay whatever you want from them, whether it's a single dollar, or a hundred dollars.

The "Humble Indie Bundle", as it's known, includes the popular games World of Goo, Gish, Lugaru HD, Aquaria and Penumbra Overture, and are available for multiple platforms including Windows, Mac or Linux. And of course, the games are DRM free.

World of Goo developer 2D Boy previous attempted a similar trick, and earned more than $100k and a lot of free publicity. This time, they are raising more awareness of the issue of piracy, of DRM, and you can even choose to allocate whole or part of your purchase price to anti-DRM campaigners Electronic Frontier Foundation, or Child’s Play, a charitable foundation for donating toys to sick kids.

Statistics so far show this to be a huge success, with $300,000+ raised. And not all buyers are just paying the minimum, most are paying on average $8, and one user even paid $500 for the bundle.

2D Boy says that from a survey of the last time they used this sales model, it showed that the majority of buyers paid the maximum amount that they could afford, and the pricing model was very favorably received.

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http://www.pcworld.com/article/19577...me_makers.html

Get your Humble Indie Bundle here:

http://www.wolfire.com/humble
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According to Wolfire Games, the company offering this deal, 25% of people that are downloading the games from their servers are not paying for an unlock key at all, even though such a key costs as little as a penny. Apparently, some keys have been posted online, and all people need to do is to download the game bundle from Wolfire's servers, and then apply the pirated keys to play the games. So why are gamers still downloading games illegally even if they can get it legally for (basically) free?

This phenomenon seems to prove that some people download pirated content not because it's free, but perhaps because it's just easier. By downloading illegally, they can avoid Wolfire's registration process, and also bypass the need to use a payment system that doesn't support every country in the world. And sometimes, it's just easier to click on a link.

Jeffrey Rosen, the co-founder of Wolfire Games, is not too concerned though, since the whole experiment as a whole has been a huge success. He does have one request to make of potential pirates: please download the pirated copy from BitTorrent to save Wolfire's bandwidth and also tell your friends about the Humble Indie Bundle!

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http://blog.wolfire.com/2010/05/Savi...e-Indie-Bundle
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The Humble Indie Bundle has now broken the $1m sales/donations mark, with over $350,000 raised for the EFF and the Child's Play Charity.

Not only that, the developers of four of the games in the bundle has announced the games will go open source.

Also, all contributors will now get a free copy of Samorost 2 along with the 5 bundled games.

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http://www.wolfire.com/humble
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