WORDS Avery Phillips
Fancy buying some new games and supporting charity at the same time? EA and Humble Bundle have teamed up to release the Humble Origin Bundle, a collection of six EA games available for a price of your choosing. All the proceeds go towards five well-deserving charities: the Human Rights Campaign, Watsi, the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, the American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society.
The Humble Origin Bundle contains Dead Space, Dead Space 3, Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box, Crysis 2 Maximum Edition, Mirror’s Edge and Medal of Honor, as well as the soundtracks for Battlefield 3 and The Sims 3. If you choose to pay above the average for the bundle you will receive copies of those games as well.
Unsurprisingly, given that this is an EA Bundle, there is a catch: Dead Space 3, Battlefield 3 and The Sims 3 are only available on Origin, so you certainly can’t call this a DRM-free bundle. While there are already plenty of people criticising this decision (I’m sure there’s at least one person rolling their eyes while reading this) all the other games are available via Steam, and when you consider what you are getting for your money and who is benefiting from it, I don’t think it’s really much to complain about.
While this particular release is certainly to generating plenty of attention, Humble Bundle is better known for the indie game bundles that it usually has to offer. These bundles, which generally contain six-eight games, sell at a price decided by the purchaser, with the amount given divided among the game developers, listed charities and Humble Bundle according to the purchasers’ wishes. Adding in the fact that the games offered are usually DRM-free and cross-platform, it’s easy to understand why it has become such a popular method of purchasing and discovering new games.
The Humble Origin Bundle is available for two weeks and can be purchased from the Humble Bundle website (https://www.humblebundle.com). With over $200 worth of games included, can you really afford to miss out?