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THQ's Humble Bundle Surpassed 2 Million in 16 Hours

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THQ's bundle of PC games for Humble Bundle has earned over $2.4 million USD so far.

Starting off on a personal note, one of my morning tasks is to hunt down great deals on digital PC games. Lately I've started stockpiling titles as if the world was coming to an end, pulling them in left and right from online retailers like Steam, GameFly, GamersGate, Green Man Gaming and many others. My theory is that it's best to get them when they're on sale now for $10 or less – especially if they're mere Steam codes – and install them later when I actually have time to play (read: obsession).

Moving along, one of the deals I stumbled upon this morning was the incredible Humble THQ Bundle. This package contains Darksiders, Metro 2033, Red Faction Armageddon, Company of Heroes, Company of Heroes: Opposing Forces, and Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor. The beauty of this package is that you set your own price, but if you pay over the current average of $5.69, then customers will also receive Saints Row The Third. DRM-free soundtracks in MP3 and FLAC formats are also included in the bundle.

Thing is, there's really no catch: it's up to you to set the price. Customers also determine how their bundle payment will be distributed: give it all to THQ, give it all to charity (Child's Play Charity, the American Red Cross), or set specific amounts for each. There's even a meter for leaving Humble Bundle a tip for those who want to donate to the site's cause. Payments can be provided in quantities of $100, $50, $25, $15 or a custom amount.

As of this article, the bundle has earned $2,424,857 USD (the number keeps increasing as I write), with just under 426,000 purchases. The average purchase gamers are forking over is $5.69, but many payments have reached as high as $1,050 USD from the likes of Jason Rubin (THQ president, Naughty Dog founder) and Turtle Rock Studios. All payments are made through PayPal, Amazon Payments and Google Wallet.

"When THQ expressed interest in our pay what you want plus charity model and willingness to let us bundle so many top tier titles, we couldn’t believe it at first,” a Humble Bundle rep explained to RPS. "But trying to turn up our noses at this epic chance to make gamers happy and help worthy causes like Child’s Play and the American Red Cross could only have been defined as arrogance.  We had to try and we were extremely curious to see what would happen."

The rep said that THQ's bundle passed the $2 million mark in sales in just 16 hours. "We are hopeful that this excitement is growing our community in a way that can only help our future promotions, and rest assured that indie bundles will continue to be an important part of our business," the rep added.

Typically Humble Bundle's packages consist of indie games that don't require DRM. But this special THQ bundle is for Windows only and requires a Steam account. For more information, or to donate funds to The American Red Cross and the Child's Play Charity, head here.

 

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    dudewitbow , November 30, 2012 8:10 PM
    Twelve25I can't believe all the cheapskates knocking the bundle average down to less than $6. Surely the games are worth more than $1 each! I would have hoped the average would have been closer to $25.



    the average is never that high for humble bundles. the purpose of the bundles usually are for 2 things:

    1. Charity, which is the main reason why the humble bundle exists
    2. Advertisement. Notice how and historically games inside the humble bundle, have had sequels released near or soon for its release. last time, Torchlight was in HB5 as torchlight 2 was around. This time, Darksiders 1 is there to promote people to buy darksiders 2 if they liked one, as well as the fact that metro 2033 is there for promotion for the upcoming metro last light.
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    Anonymous , November 30, 2012 7:39 PM
    I bought it don't even care about the games, 50% thq 49% charity 1% humble 4th bundle I have done at this ratio
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    Anonymous , November 30, 2012 7:39 PM
    I bought it don't even care about the games, 50% thq 49% charity 1% humble 4th bundle I have done at this ratio
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    jhansonxi , November 30, 2012 8:09 PM
    Twelve25I can't believe all the cheapskates knocking the bundle average down to less than $6. Surely the games are worth more than $1 each! I would have hoped the average would have been closer to $25.
    The normal splits for cross-platform bundles is OS X $ average = 1.5 x Win $ average, Linux = 2 x Win $ average.

    While a few of the games can be played on Linux using Wine, most Linux users are avoiding this bundle. HB isn't showing a purchase breakdown by OS but the comments about it are rather negative: http://blog.humblebundle.com/post/36817861850/the-humble-thq-bundle-has-arrived#disqus_thread

    Probably just means more $ for Kickstarter campaigns for games that support OS X and Linux (there are dozens).
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    dudewitbow , November 30, 2012 8:10 PM
    Twelve25I can't believe all the cheapskates knocking the bundle average down to less than $6. Surely the games are worth more than $1 each! I would have hoped the average would have been closer to $25.



    the average is never that high for humble bundles. the purpose of the bundles usually are for 2 things:

    1. Charity, which is the main reason why the humble bundle exists
    2. Advertisement. Notice how and historically games inside the humble bundle, have had sequels released near or soon for its release. last time, Torchlight was in HB5 as torchlight 2 was around. This time, Darksiders 1 is there to promote people to buy darksiders 2 if they liked one, as well as the fact that metro 2033 is there for promotion for the upcoming metro last light.
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    jhansonxi , November 30, 2012 8:22 PM
    dudewitbow1. Charity, which is the main reason why the humble bundle exists
    Arguably, THQ is the charity in this case because they are having problems: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thq#2010_-_present
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    hate machine , November 30, 2012 8:24 PM
    Bought it!
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    twelve25 , November 30, 2012 8:31 PM
    Whatever the history or reasons behind the low average, it's apparent there are plenty of people with questionable ethics paying the $1 minimum.




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    niz , November 30, 2012 8:51 PM
    I'm highly dissapointed that this time round they've chosen games that still contain DRM and are windows-only. I wont be buying any more bundles until they switch back to DRM-free games that (also) have Linux or Android versions.
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    faster23rd , November 30, 2012 8:54 PM
    I do hope that this is an effort made by THQ to aid themselves and not some last minute, farewell bonanza.
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    JonnyDough , November 30, 2012 9:03 PM
    Twelve25Whatever the history or reasons behind the low average, it's apparent there are plenty of people with questionable ethics paying the $1 minimum.


    Unless they want to give to charity, got laid off, have kids to take care of, and need a Christmas present for their kids...

    Maybe you should quit assuming and judging others as a New Years Resolution. :) 
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    Halberd388 , November 30, 2012 9:13 PM
    I hate THQ, how they treat their customers, their development partners and their view of consumers. If I bought it I'd give $0 to THQ, 0 to charity and a big tip to Humble Bundle for doing what they do.

    THQ needs to either drastically change their business practices (DLCs are horrible for one) or die, I've bought most of the Humble Bundles but this is a big pass for me out of principle.
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    esrever , November 30, 2012 9:19 PM
    I gave 50% to THQ for making this possible and 50% to humble bundle for their great work. Child play is nice but I don't think its really a charity I would support over many other possible ones which in my opinion does more for the world.
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    shikamaru31789 , November 30, 2012 9:20 PM
    Looks like a pretty cool bundle, I wish other publishers would do something like this for charity.
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    JonnyDough , November 30, 2012 9:28 PM
    I can't tell you how great it is to have USOs at Airports when I'm traveling with the military. I wish there was a donation option for them. (USO.org) That said, American Red Cross does wonders for our military as well. They also help with natural disasters etc in ways that nobody else does/can, and provide assistance throughout the world. I won't hesitate to put money there.
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    twelve25 , November 30, 2012 9:47 PM
    Halberd388I hate THQ, how they treat their customers, their development partners and their view of consumers. If I bought it I'd give $0 to THQ, 0 to charity and a big tip to Humble Bundle for doing what they do.THQ needs to either drastically change their business practices (DLCs are horrible for one) or die, I've bought most of the Humble Bundles but this is a big pass for me out of principle.


    So they have a rig capable of gaming and are paying $40+ a month for broadband so they can download the games, but they are so poor they can't spend more than a buck on games for their needy children? Puh-lease!
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    Anonymous , November 30, 2012 9:48 PM

    niz 11/30/2012 11:51 PM

    I'm highly dissapointed that this time round they've chosen games that still contain DRM and are windows-only. I wont be buying any more bundles until they switch back to DRM-free games that (also) have Linux or Android versions.

    Pffffft get over it, give some money to charity you cheapskate!
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    mightymaxio , November 30, 2012 9:53 PM
    I paid $6 which is above the average and I am glad I paid that much considering I am still a student
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    matt_b , November 30, 2012 10:42 PM
    I couldn't help but buy it. THQ is one of the few game companies that have a really solid but under-appreciated library of games. Unfortunate that I own over half of them, but bought it anyway for said reasons of dudewitbow and to help THQ a little. Looking forward to picking up Darksiders 2 when I finally have a chance and definitely looking forward to the release of Metro: Last Light and Company of Heroes 2 - hope they (as a company) make it that far.

    edit: Forgot about the upcoming Saints Row 4, another entertaining franchise in contrast to the GTA series.
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    atikkur , November 30, 2012 10:44 PM
    i bought it 8$... thank you THQ.
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    ipwn3r456 , November 30, 2012 10:50 PM
    OMG, too bad I already got Metro 2033, but I am going to get it the bundle anyway, probably buying it for $6 for Saints row 3.
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