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The "EA Indie Bundle" is Like The Man Saying F*** the Man

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You may not have heard of Electronic Arts, a boutique publishing label based in Redwood City, Calif. Well, I bet you will be raving about them once you pick up the "EA Indie Bundle" on Steam, the indie-friendly digital marketplace, unlike that Origin bullshit run by that place that screwed up the end of Mass Effect 3.

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The Indie Game Magazine discovered the bundle was recently registered on Steam. It contains Shank, Shank 2, Deathspank, Deathspank: Thongs Of Virtue, Warp and Gatling Gears, and is currently live, for $20.98 (a savings of $13.96).

The offer ends May 9, so please, reach into those wallets and support independent games development. Thank you.

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Excuse Me? EA Indie Bundle Registered on Steam [The Indie Game Magazine]

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makerofthegames
makerofthegames

I feel like EA missed the main draw of the Indie Bundles:

* Pay what you like - I paid $5 or $10 for every Humble Indie Bundle. Many payed less. Point is, you never payed $21 unless you thought it was worth $21. That's a big draw, right there.

* Charity. I always made sure at least half my purchase went to the EFF and Child's Play. When that half is instead going to EA Corporate HQ, it's a completely different thing.

* No big publishers taking a cut. A lot of people, myself included, dislike or even hate most large publishers. I don't like EA, I don't like Activision, I don't like Ubisoft, and I hate hate HATE Sony. I was glad to be able to support game developers directly, not giving a cut to EA or Valve or anyone. I didn't even give anything to the guys running the bundle half the time.

* Quirky, innovative games. Most of the HIB games I bought were... weird. VVVVVV was a Commodore-64-era retro-fest, Braid is the *definition* of "pretentious artsy indie game", SpaceChem is a chemistry/programming puzzle game, and so on. I see a full *third* of this bundle consists of sequels to another third. That doesn't exactly scream "innovative" or "experimental".

* No DRM. I'm personally not a stickler for this, but I know many people who a) absolutely REFUSE to buy anything DRM'ed, and b) will ABSOLUTELY buy anything that is non-DRM'ed, even if they don't actually want it, just to support people who support their cause. Even Steam is too much for these people - they already consider "buying a closed-source program" to be a pretty serious compromise on their part. I don't know *how* much of the HIB buyers fit this demographic, but it's probably a non-trivial number.