Name your own price for DRM-free indie game bundle


— 11:59 AM on December 15, 2010

Have you lamented the DRM that encrusts all too many new PC games? Are you sick of paying out the nose for the latest unimaginative chapters in franchises that have been milked past their prime? Did you think Radiohead's pay-what-you-want approach for In Rainbows was a really good idea? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you'll be pleased to know that this year's Humble Indie Bundle is out. The bundle wraps up a collection of DRM-free PC games—Braid, Cortex Command, Machinarium, Osmos, and Revenge of the Titans—and lets you choose how much to pay for them. I'll let the official trailer explain:

Bought separately, the five games would normally cost $85. At the moment, the average purchase price for the bundle is a little more than $7. Interestingly, Windows users have been the stingiest, paying just under $6 on average. Mac users average out to a little more than $8, while those running Linux are shelling out about $13.50. Yes, all five games run on all three operating systems.

In an interesting twist, this year's Humble Bundle lets you donate part or even all of the purchase price to the Electronic Frontier Foundation or Child's Play. You can also tip the folks who put together the bundle, although stats haven't been released on where buyers are directing their dollars. I'm curious whether the generally more generous Linux users are allocating more money to developers or if they're spreading things around.

Over 71,000 copies of the Humble Bundle have sold thus far, and I'm about to add my own purchase to that total. Looks like my ultraportable notebook is getting a bunch of new games for Christmas.

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