The Humble Indie Bundle is one of my favorite things to come out of the gaming industry in some time. For those of you not in the know, The Humble Indie Bundle is a group of games released, the most current consisting of Braid, Cortex Command, Machinarium, Osmos, and Revenge of the Titans.
A group of games is nothing special, nor is a group of indie games, Steam runs sales on indie bundle packs almost constantly. However the difference here is you get to set the price, and got to set how your money got divided. With the options of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Child's Play, the developers, or the people running the Humble Bundle site.
Most people would suspect that a self-pricing game market is a terrible idea and that no one would possibly make money. In this case most people would be wrong. The latest reports on the profits made from the Humble Bundle project show that the latest bundle brought in three (3) million dollars. With a million of it going to the EFF and Child's Play. That leaves a two (2) million dollar profit to be split between five indie developers. That seems like quite the pay day to me.
Now onto something not quite as up-beat. Apparently, there is a source mod in the works that allows the player to shoot up a school. This is appalling, yet oddly interesting. I will probably never play it, but I can't wait to see the media fallout, which I severely hope there will be.
The game is called "School Shooter North American Tour 2012" and is being made by Checkerboarded Studios. Supposedly it will have six (6) realistic levels, a points system, and weapons used by actual spree killers. The entire game ends when the main character shoots himself at the end of his spree.
This game is appalling on so many levels its hard to even explain. I've never had a problem with violent video games, quite the contrary I encourage violent video games so long as they aren't violent for the sake of it. I doubt that School Shooter will be any good, as most of the games that attempt to shock and appall the audience this much rarely are.
What're your thoughts on School Shooter 2012? And check out the Humble Bundle link, subscribe to it. Check out the EFF and Child's Play, linked in the text above, both are great charities and deserving of your money.