Humble Origin Bundle Launches

There is no doubt in my mind that this latest bundle from the fine folks at Humble Bundle is going to get a mixed reaction from the game community. On the one hand it is offering up to eight high-profile games on the cheap; on the other hand all of these games are from Electronic Arts and use its Origin digital distribution platform – and at least three of the games require the bundle buyer to install Origin on their system in order to play.

The new bundle is appropriately called the "Humble Origin Bundle," and offers Dead Space, Dead Space 3, Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box, Crysis 2 Maximum Edition (includes 4 Limited Edition unlocks, and the Retaliation and Decimation packs), Mirror's Edge, and Medal of Honor. Paying more than the average price will get you The Sims 3 + Starter Pack and Battlefield 3.

All of the games except Battlefield 3, The Sims 3 + Starter Pack, and Dead Space 3 are available for Steam. Those three titles will require you to install Origin on your system. The Sims 3 is the only game available for Mac.

If you can get by the fact that this is clearly not a DRM-free bundle, then you can find out more about it on

Many do not seem to care that this pack is not "DRM-free," as evidenced by the number of bundles already sold: as of this writing 38,746 bundles have been sold, generating over $183,000 with an average bundle price of $4.67.

Origin and Electronic Arts are donating their share of the proceeds from this bundle to five charities: the Human Rights Campaign; Watsi; the San Francisco AIDS Foundation; the American Red Cross; or the American Cancer Society.


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    SeanB says:

    Bought mine. They've got all the codes separated, so my wife and I get to decide which games we each get.

    You can also get keys, individually, for all games on both platforms. So if we're willing to have both launchers, we can play multiplayer games together.

    Best bundle ever!

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    SeanB says:

    LOL, EA is giving these games away for free. 100% of the proceeds is going to Charity and the Humble Tip. Your sliders cannot give a dime to EA even if you wanted it to.

    That's not humble, nope. 

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    Craig R. says:

    'Humble' and anything ever involving EA are two words/phrases that should never be used in the same sentence.

    I 'humbly' suggest they change the name to Pimping Origin Bundle, because that's all this is really doing.

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    jedidethfreak says:

    It figures – I used it as a cheap way to get Sims 3 for my wife (we lost all of her discs during a move), install the game and the two x-packs, and the game doesn't work.

    Also, none of the other codes I've tried to add, either via Steam or Origin, have actually been able to be processed – I'm assuming it's due to too much demand on Steam and Origin from all the people buying the bundles.

    Lucky for me, I only paid $4.55.

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    prh99 says:

    I do not know what their process is for finding partners. No, of course those are not the only good games, but they can hardly offer a game with out asking and not everyone is going to go for it.

    There are still more game bundles that include Linux games than don’t, and before this bundle and the previous they had an ebook bundle and three game bundles that included Linux games(more if you count android as Linux which technically it is), that’s hardly a bad ratio. Heck, you do not have to buy every bundle that comes along.

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    E. Zachary Knight says:

    "they seem to be running low on indie partners"

    That's a riot. I guess the few dozen humble bundle games released are the only good games in the thousands of indie games released each year. If they are really hurting for Indie Partners, might I suggest visiting Kickstarter for potential partners. There are plenty of successful cross-platform indie games there.

    "They are trying to raise money for charity"

    The way I see it, the EA giving all its proceeds to charity aspect was the only thing that would convince so many people to taint their computers with Origin.

    "$3 will still get you six Steam games."

    That would be great if I wanted Steam games, but I don't. 

    "That seems a bit extreme and it's not like you are only buying DRM free games to begin with, or have you forsaken your consoles and Steam?"

    With Steam and Consoles, I know what I am buying into. With most DRM and Origin in particular, I lose control over certain aspects of my PC if I want to play games corrupted by them. No thanks.

    But that is all aside the point. I am a Linux gamer. None of those games are for Linux. Few of the recent bundles have had Linux compatible games. For a bundle that got my money because of its commitment to releasing Linux compatible games, I feel a bit betrayed recently.

    E. Zachary Knight
    Divine Knight Gaming
    Oklahoma Game Development
    Rusty Outlook
    Random Tower
    My Patreon

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    Wymorence says:

    Not sure where you're thinking it's been moving away from DRM-free stuff for a year… Looking back at the bundles I've bought since February of this year (Mojam 2, Double Fine, Weekly Telltale Games, and HIB8), all 4 are able to be downloaded and played without Steam or any other service.

    Well, to be fair Mojam 2 doesn't use any DRM at all because they're games made in a few days on a whim and won't be for sale anywhere.

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    prh99 says:

    That seems a bit extreme and it’s not like you are only buying DRM free games to begin with, or have you forsaken your consoles and Steam?(edit: re-reading that sounded much harsher than I intended). All mean is that if you love games it really hard to stick to DRM free cause the selection quickly becomes pretty slim. They are trying to raise money for charity and judging from previous bundles they seem to be running low on indie partners or deveoplers and publishers willing to release DRM free games and across multiple platforms cause more repeats seem to creeping in. GoG is great but I can’t get all the games I want to play from them (they have 592 games total). I think they have to take what they can get at this point or have bundles with lots of repeat titles, at least that’s the impression I am getting. They’ve already offered Saint Row 3 and Metro 2033 twice.

    $3 will still get you six Steam games.

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    E. Zachary Knight says:

    To me, this is a culmination of a year long shift away from its original ideals of being DRM-free and cross-platform. For the most part, Steam was acceptable because it was a service people actually like and want to use, plus it is a cross-platform service now. But Steam had been an option for most bundles until recently. Recently they started to do Steam only bundles and now they are doing this. I can't support that.

    E. Zachary Knight
    Divine Knight Gaming
    Oklahoma Game Development
    Rusty Outlook
    Random Tower
    My Patreon

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    prh99 says:

    They never advertised this as a DRM free cross platform bundle and most people are buying DRMed games these days be it retail, Steam, Origin, or the stores built into consoles. Ultimately it’s a charity drive so I can’t work up much anger over the offer of a few bundles with triple A titles that are going to have more mainstream appeal. Besides it’s not like they’re going to stop doing the indie bundles.

    If you don’t like the bundle don’t buy it or pick it cheap (4.63 is the average as of this post).

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    CMiner says:

    I don't see how this is 'ruining' anything.  Yes, it deviates from the usual spotlighting of indie games, and yes it has DRM'd games… but the charities still get the money.  The weekly sale still has cool drm free games, and this one bundle doesn't mean that they can't go back to the original format with the next bundle.

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