Just a short note-
I’ve received an email a couple of hours ago informing me that the Humble Indie Bundle 3 has been expanded now t0 cover the 5 games from No.2. At the website, after adding to my existing order, I saw a small table at the bottom showing the current break of the purchases per OS (3 are supported for all games, Win, MacOS and Linux). What is really amazing is that Linux buyers pay on average $11,67 (as of the time of writing this), which is about 4 times as much as an average Windows-based buyer ($3.88) and almost twice as much as a Mac user ($6.71).
Sure there’s a possibility that some uber-rich benevolent dictator for life has filled the coffers of independent game makers (or tweaked the settings to send most of the payment to charity), but the fact still stands.
My congratulations, bundle compilers. You’ve hit the right key. Flexible scheming of where your funds actually go, DRM-free distribution and cross-platform coverage open up the gate to the new venues of distribution – and I do not mean just games. You have found a way for like-minded people to support each other financially without the feeling of being ripped-off or let down somehow.
And with Flattr, Kickstarter and other tools available, gift economy of social capital can finally start incorporating financial reward. A lot now depends on every purchaser, it is so thrilling to look what your money can do for social practices of the future.
Go get the Bundle and let’s see how far the limits of the traditional distributions can be pushed.