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EA Using Humble Origin Bundle 2 To Promote Its Origin Gaming App

EA has teamed up with Humble Bundle to raise money for charity and help promote its Origin gaming app, with Humble Origin Bundle 2.

If you aren't familiar with Humble Bundle, it is a company that sells video games, digital books, and other digital content. The company donates 10 percent of all proceeds from sales to one of five charities: the American Red Cross, Child's Play Charity, The Wikimedia Foundation, GamesAid and charity: water.

In order to get more money to charities, Humble Bundle regularly organizes special deals with game developers. The game developers allow their content to be bundled and sold together, and they can choose to take a portion of the proceeds (or nothing at all). Typically in these bundles, the developer takes a larger portion of the proceeds, Humble Bundle takes a small percentage, and the rest is given to charities.

Currently, EA is generously allowing Humble Bundle to sell several of EA's most highly rated games for a very low price, and it isn't pocketing any of the proceeds. The games aren't new -- they've been out for a few years -- but there are plenty of appealing titles, and you can get at least five games in exchange for making a donation of any size.

In order to get the full bundle, the price is determined by the average price paid by customers in all prior sales of the bundle. Customers can choose to pay more, and this contribution is viewed as a donation to the charities. As such, the price varies up and down as more bundles are sold, but it's currently under $5. The bundle was extended today and now contains a total of 13 games.

Titles
Games Available For Any DonationDragon Age: Origins
Peggle
Dead Space 2
Medal Of Honor Allied Assault War Chest
Command & Conquer Generals + Zero Hour
Donating More Than AveragePlants VS. Zombies Garden Warfare
Dragon Age II
Bejeweled 3
Mass Effect 2
Games Added 4.21Sim City 2000
Wing Commander III
Wing Commander IV
Ultima VII

None of these games are new, but that doesn't make this a bad bundle. Dragon Age, Mass Effect 2, Wing Commander, and Command & Conquer were some of the most popular games of their time and received positive feedback from the gaming community. Dragon Age 2 still sells from many online retailers for around $20, or $10 if you shop around smaller stores. Anyone interested in just getting the Dragon Age games will like this deal just for that reason even if they are unlikely to play the rest.

Although EA is indeed being generous here, it's not as though the company is getting nothing out of it. EA currently has an application called Origin that competes with Valve's Steam. Origin only launched a few years ago, however, and as a result it has a lot of catching up to do. Although most Humble Bundles can be redeemed on several platforms, only four of the games in the Humble Origin Bundle 2 can be redeemed on Steam. In order to play the rest, you will need to sign up and install the Origin gaming application.

This seems to be a very effective method of attracting new users to Origin. After an initial signup, of course, users are more likely to use the program in the future for new games, and thus better compete with Steam.

The sale ends in just under a week. As for me, Wing Commander and Command & Conquer have me in the mood for some retro gaming, but I don't think the Origin client will install on my Windows 98 PC.

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  • Morbus
    Yeah, I got them thinking they were on steam... Oh well. It was just 1USD anyway.
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  • dstarr3
    At least this is still generating some money for charity. Just be sure, when setting your price at checkout, to send $0 of it to EA.
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  • Polarman5k
    It all goes to charity anyway.

    "Thanks to Electronic Arts and Origin forgoing profits from this bundle, all of the proceeds that would ordinarily go to them are instead going to charity. "


    Also I dont understand the vitriol towards Origin, yes its another platform and yes its EA but the system itself after some early troubles seems alright. Its quick at least.
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  • TNT27
    Anyone else just hate when a game requires steam/origin to play?
    Or even worse you have to be connected online to even play locally?
    Or the lack of LAN support for newer AAA games.

    Or like in MW2 where they took server browsing away, and you get auto thrown into modded hacked lobbies getting banned, and steam say you were hacking and cant change it.

    My rant goes on about these things...

    Steam and origin and all those things are great for getting a game and all, and to help prevent hacking, but just give me the choice to run the game without any background crap going, just check the game files when connecting to online servers is all thats needed.
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  • dstarr3
    Well, if I had to choose between Origin and UPlay, I'd pick Origin every time.
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  • nukemaster
    They just want you to walk the path.......of Origin.

    Either way it goes to a good cause.
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  • agnickolov
    Interesting bundle. Alas, most of these are already in my Origin client.
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  • nukemaster
    15727248 said:
    Interesting bundle. Alas, most of these are already in my Origin client.
    If you donate, you can gift the extras :)
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  • ApertureKills
    "Generous," except that 90% of the games were already available, full and 100% free, through Origin's "On The House" service. Dead Space 2, Peggle, Wing Commander, and Sim City 2000, to name a few.
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  • alidan
    It all goes to charity anyway.

    "Thanks to Electronic Arts and Origin forgoing profits from this bundle, all of the proceeds that would ordinarily go to them are instead going to charity. "


    Also I dont understand the vitriol towards Origin, yes its another platform and yes its EA but the system itself after some early troubles seems alright. Its quick at least.

    i dont play many ea games, so i barely open origin but when i do, it always requires a patch for my to add a new game, and than it never remembers my username and password, so i always have to look that crap up again...

    i hate origin for convenience reasons, not platform.
    i also dont trust ea period... all my origin games have been free or massive discounts from promo deals.



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