Humble Indie Bundle Update: Source Code Promise

The Humble Indie Bundle pay-what-you-want sale of five indie games has been a rousing success, as the organizers reveal that just a half-week in, over 60,000 contributions have amounted to more than $500,000 in revenue, $150,000 of which will go to charity. They also have a blog post noting that Linux users contribute twice as much as Windows users (with Mac users splitting the difference), but add that the average Windows user donation has been creeping up since they've been revealing the average paid by platform. There also turns out to be a subtle message in The Humble Indie Bundle Trailer at the 1:17 mark, where you can see it says: "If we raise over $1,000,000 USD, then Gish, Penumbra Overture, and Lugaru will release their source code."
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May 9, 2010, 18:09
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killer_roach wrote on May 9, 2010, 12:01:
There is no promotional budget for a game that even approaches $100 million, let alone $300 million as was previously alluded to
I was including marketing and development. And I'm not as entirely "clueless" as Hellbinder likes to think.

CoD:MW2 cost $200 million

That's still a huge chunk of change.

(besides, the revenue to date from MW2 exceeds $1 billion, making even the ludicrous numbers a moot point).

It's not a moot point, because big publisher game budgets are spiralling out of control these days. Meaning they have to make absurd profits in order to be considered successful. Meanwhile indie titles can continue to take risks, instead of churning out CoD X year after year.
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