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.


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.

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



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.