" "Sorry, our last windows only bundle created a lot of community backlash, but if you'd be willing to let us port the game over for you we'd be more than happy to make you five million dollars.""
In which case the developers will just point to the sales numbers of this bundle.
"All HBI has to do is say they will not do you a bundle unless you let them port your games. Which will continue to work as long as they don't ever do another windows only bundle."
I don't see how they can say that after this. Imagine the conversation:
Humble Bundle: "We would love for you to be in our bundle, you just have to agree to provide use the games in a cross-platform(Windows, Mac, Linux) and DRM free state".
Devs: "We would love to be in your bundle, but we expect to be treated equally and fairly. So obviously you will allow us to provide you with Windows only Steam keys since that only fair."
Humble Bunlde: "Uhm....."
They will have nothing to say at that point in the conversation except to give up or loose out and with this move they have shown that they prefer the latter.
If THQ had created their own Pay What You Want bundle in order to get in some much needed cash, that would have been an entirely different beast. But no, that is not how things went down. Humble Bundle Inc decided to throw all their principles over board.
The more logical partner for this would have been Valve, since as others have pointed out this is just a Steam sale in disguise. If Valve and THQ had launched this as a Pay What You Want steam sale I would not have minded it at all.
Last edited by Kristian Joensen; 11-30-2012 at 02:46 PM.
Maybe they should make some categories or "tags". So when you open you see all the logos that apply to that bundle like "this bundle has drm free games" or "this bundle is cross platform" and you could subscribe only to newsletters for certain combinations of tags.
I don't like either that they are diluting "their brand" but why not have several clearly distinguished "brands"?
"Humble indie bundle"
The "THQ" bundle is not "humble". Its not indie. And contrary to their mission claims - not drm free and not crossplatform. Whats left? Bundle
In fact, if you look at edit war around 30.11.12 on wikipedia, you can conclude one thing:
You got "ownt"
The negative thing about it - they are gone, since they broke their own mission;
The positive thing about it - they managed to fsck up even without help of Elop!
So, feel free to start new "bundle" without the guys in question! There are much better distribution proprieties left unexplored! Like community voting on titles and so on!
sounds more like "we will still have those Indie Bundles but expect way more of those THQ-alike bundles."(...) rest assured that indie bundles will continue to be an important part of our business.
Let'a wait and see. *If* they manage to come up with new Indie Bundles which contain surprising new high-quality stuff, I'm perfectly fine with that route.
Some people seem to be convinced that this won't happen anymore...
My real complaint has nothing to do with quality, but the fact that they just did what they said they would not do - sell Windows only DRM titles. It is hypocritical.