THQ, Humble Bundle Team for Cheap Games, Charity

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Posted by patrickklepek (4926 posts) -
You should buy Metro 2033, and then you should put the Russian language on, and then PLAY.

UPDATE: I heard back from Humble Bundle. Here's what the promotion's co-founder, John Graham, had to say about THQ.

"We're hopefully going to raise a huge amount of money for charity and expose a ton of new customers to the Humble Bundle model. We are debuting more games for Mac and Linux (and Android -- and even an eBook!) and this will just help us continue to do so. We are humbly hopeful that our customers will see this as a good thing instead of a permanent departure from what we have done and will continue to do."

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Given its current financial state (read: super bad!), who knows how long much longer THQ will be around as a publisher. If you somehow missed out on some of its great games from the past few years, though, THQ has partnered with Humble Bundle to offer ‘em for cheaps, and raise money for charity in the process.

Darksiders, Metro 2033, Red Faction: Armageddon (why not Red Faction: Guerilla, man?) Company of Heroes, Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts, and Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor are available in a single bundle for, well, whatever you want to pay. You have to pay at least $1 for Steam keys, and paying above the average--currently a paltry $5.21--nets you Saints Row: The Third.

As with all Humble Bundles, this is helping raise money for charity, though how much goes to THQ versus charity is up to you. The two charities involved are Penny Arcade’s Child’s Play and the American Red Cross. To date, Humble Bundle has raised a whopping $7.85 million. Pretty crazy! You can also “tip” the Humble Bundle to cover bandwidth costs and keep the promotion going in the future.

A rather heated discussion has since opened up on Twitter about a big, if troubled, corporation like THQ participating in the Humble Bundle. Often, it feels good to buy from the Humble Bundle because the profits are directly going to the people who created the games. You could argue this is helping paychecks continue flowing at THQ, but that’s not something THQ makes explicit (what big company would?), and so people are raising their eyebrows.

I’ve asked the folks behind Humble Bundle for comment, and I’ll let you know if I hear back.

In any case, my god, please play Metro 2033, and please play it with the Russian language setting flipped on. You feel like a stranger in a strange land, and the atmosphere completely engulfs you into its weird setting.

Hit up THQ's bundle over at www.humblebundle.com.

Staff
#1 Posted by patrickklepek (4926 posts) -
You should buy Metro 2033, and then you should put the Russian language on, and then PLAY.

UPDATE: I heard back from Humble Bundle. Here's what the promotion's co-founder, John Graham, had to say about THQ.

"We're hopefully going to raise a huge amount of money for charity and expose a ton of new customers to the Humble Bundle model. We are debuting more games for Mac and Linux (and Android -- and even an eBook!) and this will just help us continue to do so. We are humbly hopeful that our customers will see this as a good thing instead of a permanent departure from what we have done and will continue to do."

--

Given its current financial state (read: super bad!), who knows how long much longer THQ will be around as a publisher. If you somehow missed out on some of its great games from the past few years, though, THQ has partnered with Humble Bundle to offer ‘em for cheaps, and raise money for charity in the process.

Darksiders, Metro 2033, Red Faction: Armageddon (why not Red Faction: Guerilla, man?) Company of Heroes, Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts, and Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor are available in a single bundle for, well, whatever you want to pay. You have to pay at least $1 for Steam keys, and paying above the average--currently a paltry $5.21--nets you Saints Row: The Third.

As with all Humble Bundles, this is helping raise money for charity, though how much goes to THQ versus charity is up to you. The two charities involved are Penny Arcade’s Child’s Play and the American Red Cross. To date, Humble Bundle has raised a whopping $7.85 million. Pretty crazy! You can also “tip” the Humble Bundle to cover bandwidth costs and keep the promotion going in the future.

A rather heated discussion has since opened up on Twitter about a big, if troubled, corporation like THQ participating in the Humble Bundle. Often, it feels good to buy from the Humble Bundle because the profits are directly going to the people who created the games. You could argue this is helping paychecks continue flowing at THQ, but that’s not something THQ makes explicit (what big company would?), and so people are raising their eyebrows.

I’ve asked the folks behind Humble Bundle for comment, and I’ll let you know if I hear back.

In any case, my god, please play Metro 2033, and please play it with the Russian language setting flipped on. You feel like a stranger in a strange land, and the atmosphere completely engulfs you into its weird setting.

Hit up THQ's bundle over at www.humblebundle.com.

Staff
#2 Posted by Brother_PipPop (256 posts) -

Crazy

#3 Edited by peterjames (8 posts) -

Good for them. The more people who play Saint's Row the more likely the next one will happen.

#4 Posted by Little_Socrates (5677 posts) -

Man, the fact that there are angry twitter people makes ME angry! This is a great bundle for charity, buy it if you don't own most of it already.

#5 Posted by Stubee (379 posts) -

I almost feel like giving to THQ is the same as giving to charity....you know if THQ did leukemia research n stuff...

#6 Posted by Bumpton (448 posts) -

No link? UGH, I have to type something in? Just forget it.

#7 Edited by xMEGADETHxSLY (446 posts) -

Got mine, i'll probably never play them BUT I GOT THEM

#8 Edited by Sooty (8082 posts) -

Scumbag Klepek: Talks about Metro 2033, posts ugliest screenshot possible!

Just chilling.

#9 Posted by MildMolasses (3221 posts) -

@peterjames said:

Good for them. The more people who play Saint's Row the more likely the next one will happen.

A new Saints Row will happen regardless of THQ's fate. It's an IP worth money, and when it comes to divide up THQ's assets, someone will take SR, and hopefully Volition with it.

#10 Posted by PopeShabooda (46 posts) -
#11 Posted by Ravelle (1297 posts) -

Super deails but own all of them already, would sponsor them if I wasn't broke as well.

#12 Posted by Triumvir (486 posts) -

Shit. I own all these games, already. This is a really great deal.

#13 Posted by bkbroiler (1630 posts) -

Trying to figure out if replaying Saints Row 3 and Darksiders on PC is worth the 5 bucks. I'm kind of leaning towards no right now, but... damn. Too bad I already own every other game in the bundle.

#14 Posted by benpursley27 (26 posts) -

I dare say, this 'bundle' is by no means 'humble.'

#15 Posted by 1momosauky (209 posts) -

@peterjames: kind of seems 100% it will happen at this point

#16 Posted by patrickklepek (4926 posts) -

@Sooty said:

Scumbag Klepek: Talks about Metro 2033, posts ugliest screenshot possible!

Just chilling.

FIXED.

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#17 Edited by smokyexe (261 posts) -

What an easy present. My 13 yo nephew will freak out.

#18 Edited by ILikePopCans (756 posts) -
#19 Posted by Fattony12000 (7460 posts) -
Online
#20 Posted by Headin (30 posts) -

I put the slider all the way to THQ.

#21 Posted by Sooty (8082 posts) -

@patrickklepek said:

@Sooty said:

Scumbag Klepek: Talks about Metro 2033, posts ugliest screenshot possible!

Just chilling.

FIXED.

>:D

#22 Posted by wyndhydra (18 posts) -

What a deal! And for charity to boot!

#23 Posted by BeachThunder (11995 posts) -

@Sooty said:

Scumbag Klepek: Talks about Metro 2033, posts ugliest screenshot possible!

Just chilling.

I humbly post a replacement screenshot - it's the exact same thing, but not as ugly (or jaypeggy):

#24 Posted by oneman_nohorse (69 posts) -

Dammit! I just bought Saint's Row the Third on steam during the Autumn sale. Curses. At least I got the full package?

#25 Posted by Mr_Skeleton (5145 posts) -

@patrickklepek said:

@Sooty said:

Scumbag Klepek: Talks about Metro 2033, posts ugliest screenshot possible!

Just chilling.

FIXED.

Now I need to know what was the original.

#26 Posted by Piqued_Interest (63 posts) -

#strapiton

#27 Posted by WJist (313 posts) -

Would these people feel different if, let's say, an Activision or EA went this route with the Humble Bundle? Cheap games are cheap games and however you divide your donation, a great charity will still benefit.

#28 Posted by Crunchman (390 posts) -

Saints Row 4: The Children

#29 Edited by iAmJohn (6121 posts) -

The charity donation is for keeping THQ in business, right?

I'm sorry, that was horrible.

#30 Posted by kerse (2115 posts) -

This seems kinda depressing.

#31 Posted by HatKing (5980 posts) -

Giving some money to THQ kind of is charity at this point. I don't see the problem.

#32 Posted by zeekthegeek (391 posts) -

The twitter debate is dumb. THQ isn't exactly a big company now. They're practically bankrupt and only kept alive by an extension they got on a loan.

#33 Posted by neato (76 posts) -

all to THQ, the publisher with taste!

#34 Posted by bendz (14 posts) -

Pretty amazing deal if you don't already own these games. What chances a Saints Row 4 now? More importantly what a terrible time to be on the staff at THQ. Merry Xmas I don't think :(

#35 Posted by Xeirus (1306 posts) -

@iAmJohn said:

The charity donation is for keeping THQ in business, right?

I'm sorry, that was horrible.

Humble Horrible THQ Bundle?

#36 Posted by Phatmac (5726 posts) -
#37 Posted by project343 (2828 posts) -

@Stubee said:

I almost feel like giving to THQ is the same as giving to charity....

That is the saddest truth I have read all day.

#38 Posted by Itwastuesday (967 posts) -

I hope the money gets to their soon-to-be-unemployed employees in some meaningful way.

#39 Edited by ChrisTaran (1623 posts) -

I paid over 3x the average price and I still feel like I ripped off THQ...

May have to buy another round of games later to make up for it.

#40 Posted by mrcraggle (1941 posts) -

The only game I would actually get out of this would be Metro 2033 as I already own the others and Company of Heroes isn't my thing.

#41 Edited by Vincenzo (140 posts) -

I can't even believe people are poo pooing this deal.

FIRSTLY. This is a GREAT DEAL for GAMERS. Period. Point. Blank.

Secondly, It does not set us back. It promotes digital distribution over brick n' mortar. It shows consoles that gamers want better prices on OLD games. None of this $20 crap for a 2 year old download on XBL. It promotes PC Gaming. If people don't like DRM, they won't buy it. If people don't like THQ, they can give their share to charity or humblebundle. As of this moment, over 78k gamers have purchased this bundle for over $400k and it will go much much higher.

#42 Posted by Anlino (80 posts) -

Fantastic deal. I don't even own a PC, and I bought it anyway. Just in case I get one in the future.

#43 Posted by Humanity (9385 posts) -

Metro 2033 despite all the praise from Bombcrew is a pretty poor game, that I beat from beginning to end. Great premise, poor execution and a ton of broken gameplay. One of the bigger GiantBomb darlings.

#44 Posted by Veektarius (4873 posts) -

It's too bad that THQ has already put all their game out for a pittance on steam, so I think the only people who will buy this are people who don't actually want the games.

Seriously, I didn't buy Darksiders 2 full price because I knew with THQ's financial troubles, they'd discount it super fast. Got it for about $17 not long ago.

#45 Posted by HarlechQuinn (449 posts) -

This is somehow sad... and even more sad are some of the negative/bitter twitter reactions and the "funny" people who post pics how they set the slider to $0 for THQ...

And a word of warning to German duders who might see this as an opportunity to get an US key for Saint's Row the Third, the key is probably not working with a German Steam account.

#46 Posted by Shivoa (626 posts) -

While money going directly to devs is nice, I think the stand out part of the Bundles (beyond the PWYW spark) was DRM free and cross-platform (with several bundles built with titles getting brand new ports to Linux as part of getting the indie product ready for inclusion) - something this THQ bundle have not a whiff of. These are all Steam locked only and Windows only and maybe it is unreasonable to expect anything different from THQ but it does leave me asking what it is that Humble means, because they used to be very front & centre about working to get ports out on non-Windows platforms and making the content available DRM free (or via Ubuntu software centre or Steam if you'd rather tie your purchase that way).

Don't get me wrong, great deal if you haven't previously been buying THQ publisher packs in the Steam sales or individual games as they came out. But GOG.com have worked with publishers on DRM free as a minimum requirement and it would be weird if this was a Humble pitched deal so we have to assume THQ came to them so what went wrong in the negotiations on the DRM free stance? Porting would have required time and work (and money to pay for it) but DRM free is just taking out the auth check / Steam integration for games which are apparently all cracked wide open if you go looking for them so the DRM is not actually doing anything in these titles right now (except potentially making your purchases not work in the future if any of them need to phone home to THQ servers to install or play - not sure if they only lock to Steam DRM or if some have more security measures).

#47 Posted by KoolAid (946 posts) -

I got it just for the soundtracks

#48 Posted by SavePoint (100 posts) -

Wow... this is a great bundle. Already own all of the games but bought it anyway. Will make for a great gift, though.

#49 Posted by Mystyr_E (1190 posts) -

always wanted SR3 and finally being able to test my rig on Metro would be quite nice...but RF: Armageddon? BARF!

#50 Posted by dekkadekkadekka (733 posts) -

Why not Red Faction: Guerilla? Because the PC port was all but completely busted.

Awesome bundle, anyway.

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