This is in large part due to 1) getting lazier (not wanting to deal with finding alternative methods of procurement) 2) apps that cost less generally have most of the proceeds go to ppl actively involved in making the product 3) the sub $40 price range seems entirely reasonable for quality software 4) mac apps generally just look/feel so polished, and in small part 4) having more disposable income than in college/pre-college.
Couple of my recent faves have been Cinch and TotalFinder -- I can't wait to get a chance to play around w my new humble games! Many thanks to the humble team and the devs!
~4k individual purchases.
Average Windows: $5.69
Average Mac: $7.69
Average Linux: $14.17
As a Linux user, yes I am grateful! :)
It isn't about attempting to demonstrate that Linux is better than Windows or Mac, but supporting the developers and making others realize that Linux can be good for gaming too.
total revenue: $301,252.18
number of purchases: 43,819
average purchase: $6.87
average windows: $5.72
average mac: $7.72
average linux: $13.72
windows: ~54% , or ~$162,676.18
mac: ~23% , or ~$69,288
linux: ~23% , or ~$69,288
Now, it's true that a very large contribution could influence the mean. However, they also include a list of the top 10 contributions:
top 10 contributions:
outlier revenue: $5,566.79
adjusted total revenue: $295,685.39
adjusted linux revenue: ~$63,721.21
adjusted linux average: $12.61
You could argue that a sufficient number of Linux users donating in the $100-$300 range could skew the results, but I believe such a high number of extremely generous users would prove my point anyway.
So, a few Linux users donating $500 could sway an identical distribution to the Mac or Windows users.
If Braid isn't available for Linux, that'd be a deal-breaker for me and probably for a lot of the Linux users buying this bundle.
(And yes, having bought the bundle I can verify the download exists.)
Braid: Installer was a .bin which gave me some ELFCLASS64 errors, but the game runs. I just can't figure out how to get it windowed, so it's currently centered between my two monitors.
Cortex: Installer was a 64bit bin, installed OK, but the game gives me an error about a missing file when I run it. Tried to touch the file, no luck.
Machinarium: .tar.gz, installs and runs. Forces primary-monitor only.
Osmos: 64-bit deb, installed fine, plays awesome, forces itself to my left (primary) monitor, couldn't be happier.
Revenge of the Titans: Broken 64-bit deb. The Ubuntu GUI for debs threw up a useless error message. If you manually create /opt/revengeofthetitans/full_length_music/ and then install it with dpkg it works. Game runs, and has three different window size options if you don't want fullscreen.
You tried the -windowed option?
I can't run it at all. It says "Missing required OpenGL extension".
I think it's a similar reason that Apple's App Store is doing so well: I pay for convenience.
I'd pay +$20 because of the above.
1) All my games in one place.
It's come to the point that I just don't buy games unless they're on Steam. I own most of these games already (I got Machinarium on another sale), but I hate having to save their .zips because my games will be lost otherwise.
Machinarium, for example, has cluttered my desktop for months now because I have no way of getting it back if I delete it, and I have no "games" folder I can move it to. With Steam, I could just delete it and redownload whenever.
Since I assume "Humble Bundle Inc" is processing the transactions, I added it to the "Humble Tip" portion of my order.
[update] Here's Amazon's fees for their SimplePay service:
For Transactions >= $10:
* 2.9% + $0.30 for all transactions
* 2.5% + $.30 for all transactions for monthly payment volume from $3k-$10k
* 2.2% + $.30 for all transactions for monthly payment volume from $10k - $100k
* 1.9% + $.30 for all transactions for monthly payment volume over $100k
* 5.0% + $0.05 for all transactions
As an aside: I always end up already owning the majority of games in these bundles, but I buy them anyway. Here's to hoping we can eventually register this one on Steam too.
Don't think they'd have much to lose from a 1 week pay-as-much-as-you-want deal.
Apologies for the poor explanation.
However, each of these games have been out for sufficiently long that having people name their price now is mainly extra frosting on top of an already well-decorated cake. It's a tiny bit of extra market penetration /after/ the game's already made an impact - along with some goodwill towards deserving charities.
I like it for the single point where all my games are, so I don't have to remember where I downloaded to, or where the keys are in my inbox, or even where I put install media. I just download the client, sign in, and all my games are right there.
It makes the DRM quite tolerable, and it supports indie developers, and it's ultimately the most convenient option for me.
Also, I'm impressed (though not surprised) to see the sale crack $500 in about a day.
Is this a common bg texture, or is there some "borrowing" going on here?
(Do gamepads in Braid work on Linux?)
PayPal charges a standard rate that you pick (micropayment or not), and if the guys thought most payments would be under $10, they might have optimised for that, so your purchase would be more expensive with PayPal.
TL;DR: Just pick Amazon.
(World of Goo, Aquaria, Gish, Lugaru, Penumbra + Samorost 2)