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 www.humblebundle.com.

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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