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  • Frozenbyte Bundle Crosses $600k, Still Free Copies

    Phoronix: Frozenbyte Bundle Crosses $600k, Still Free Copies

    The pace of sales for the third Humble Indie Bundle that focuses upon games developed by Frozenbyte has slowed down, but this morning it just crossed $600k USD and it looks like it still can breach one million dollars during its two-week offering. We're also still doing a contest to give-away some free copies of this Frozenbyte game collection...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=OTMzOQ

  • #2
    ...but rather just waiting for a free demo rather than being charitable to one of the most Linux-friendly game studios.
    As far as I can tell, Unigine isn't a charity organization hiring only people with disabilities or using their profits to cure diseases in third-world countries, so why should people be charitable to a comercial company? If they want money, they should put out quality and/or attractive products, like every other comercial organization, and not depend on the good will of linux users. They should consider themselves lucky there are people willing to pay for an unfinished product from a company that hasn't produced a single game yet.

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    • #3
      I agree. The HiB was well publicized and there are many people who have bought it previously and enjoyed it - they have returning customers. Unigine has a lot going against it. I haven't seen much publicizing, either. Regardless, I bought oilrush, and I hope it does better.

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      • #4
        I'll probably buy it too when it's finished and if I enjoy the demo, but I only have a Radeon HD4200 so, I can't risk buying something that isn't guaranteed to run well on my system, or that I'm not too convinced about yet. I still have a feeling that the smaller units are way too small and that it may impact gameplay, but I won't pay 20$ just to test it.

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        • #5
          Is Trine Linux compatible?
          I went to their site, to download a Demo, and I haven't found a Linux client.

          http://trine-thegame.com/site/index.php?page=buy

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          • #6
            Originally posted by fernandoc1 View Post
            Is Trine Linux compatible?
            I went to their site, to download a Demo, and I haven't found a Linux client.
            The copy I got with the HIB works on Linux. Don't know if there's a demo or stand-alone copy for Linux available.

            Also, in the article, I think this is uncalled for:

            you find most of the Linux gamers not buying pre-ordering a copy, but rather just waiting for a free demo rather than being charitable to one of the most Linux-friendly game studios

            Maybe most of us are thinking "Oh great, not ANOTHER RTS game..." about Oil Rush. I have absolutely no intention of buying Oil Rush, and it's not for being cheap, it's just that I really don't like RTS games, and even if I did, there are already plenty of FOSS RTS games available, why should I pay good money for yet another RTS?

            I bought the HIB because Trine looked interesting. Although, I've been surprised to find that I'm playing Shadowgrounds more. I also plan to buy Dilogus when it is available, but there's no way I'd ever play Oil Rush, so why should I spend my money on it? To be "charitable" to a commercial game studio? I think not. Release a game that I want to play and I'll happily pay for it.

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            • #7
              That was low playing the sympathy card for Oilrush , you may have pissed off people interested in buying the game now.
              Yes i bought Oilrush/pre-ordered whatever you want to call it because i was interested in supporting the company who were supposed to have the game ready for a spring 2011 debut if you recall but they didnt make the deadline and instead offered the beta as part of a pre-order bonus.
              So from a game selling stand point the are taking pre-orders for a game not being shipped/sold yet, i believe when its finished sales of oilrush will shoot up.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by fernandoc1 View Post
                Is Trine Linux compatible?
                I went to their site, to download a Demo, and I haven't found a Linux client.

                http://trine-thegame.com/site/index.php?page=buy

                Eric Anholt commited a patch to mesa a couple of days ago to add support for ATI_draw_buffers, a requirement of Trine: http://cgit.freedesktop.org/mesa/mes...ce329cf67ecb4e

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                • #9
                  Just got it.

                  Average Linux amount for now, I'll boost it once all the games work with free drivers.

                  I really like these HiB promotions, and hope they continue. Great games at low price, supporting Linux, now drm, no middlemen, great stuff.

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                  • #10
                    In our forums you find most of the Linux gamers not buying pre-ordering a copy, but rather just waiting for a free demo rather than being charitable to one of the most Linux-friendly game studios. I digress.
                    i don't see why this is a problem. people tend to only preorder when they're huge fans of something. other than some gpu benchmark demos, unigen hasn't really released anything to us. i agree in the sense that unigen deserves some support and respect, but, that needs to be earned. just because they made something graphically demanding that is linux compatible it doesn't mean it is any good. i'm sure if this game becomes a success and they make an expansion or a 2nd release, preorders will be much more abundant.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by fernandoc1 View Post
                      Is Trine Linux compatible?
                      I went to their site, to download a Demo, and I haven't found a Linux client.

                      http://trine-thegame.com/site/index.php?page=buy
                      Yep, Trine has a Linux version. It was just released with the Bundle this week; kind of like Braid from the last bundle.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by pingufunkybeat View Post
                        Average Linux amount for now, I'll boost it once all the games work with free drivers.

                        Maybe in the next bundle, instead of charities, they can let you specify an amount towards FOSS driver development

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by 89c51 View Post
                          Maybe in the next bundle, instead of charities, they can let you specify an amount towards FOSS driver development

                          I agree in the way that I think that after giving people a plate with rice and beans, they should teach them how to program computers and use their time to develop open source and pay them for work.

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                          • #14
                            well, HIB was cannibalized by earlier sales.

                            I have pretty much bought most of interesting games for myself there.

                            I got both shadow grounds games ages ago. I am only interested in Trine(and will buy bundle for that game only, though I can't say i like this sort of games), again, splot is not my bowl of rice and Jack Claw is not even running on Linux at this stage. Why should i other wise buy this bundle?

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                            • #15
                              I never thought I'd do such a thing, but I requested (and received) a refund for this Humble Bundle.

                              I bought the two previous ones for many times over the average price paid, and thought they were worthwhile purchases even though I'm more of a console gamer. I played World of Goo again having bought it twice before (the initial Linux release and then on the Wii) and started getting into Braid and Gish a little. It was fun, but I really did it just to support the business model and drive up the average Linux purchase price.

                              So I bought this one as soon as I heard about it. I paid less, still well above average but less, because the only one of the games I'd ever heard of was Trine. I follow a number of indie gaming blogs, so I figured it was just that the HB guys were friends with the Frozenbyte guys. Whatever, it was still 3 games with 2 to follow later for less than a retail console game. Then I discovered that none of the games would play unless you had one of two specific brands of 3D cards.

                              And that reminded me why I stopped playing PC games even when I was a Windows user. I haven't had a desktop machine in about a decade and have never owned a laptop that weighs 4 pounds or more. So I'll never get to play any of Frozenbyte's games. I'm all for supporting a good cause, but if I'm going to donate money without getting anything in return, I need to know that up front. (The site did mention trouble with Intel cards, but in a way that made it sound to me like it was specifically a Windows problem.) I hope to be able to support the fourth HB the way I supported the first and second.

                              As for Oil Rush, the only RTS I've ever enjoyed is Pikmin 2, so I won't be supporting Unigine, and I wonder how management thought an RTS out of the gate would be a good idea. Put out a AAA-grade 3D platformer, or an adventure like Fallout 3 or a Zelda game, or even a unique 2D puzzle/platformer like Limbo or Braid, or a deep physics puzzle game like World of Goo, or an unusual "shooter" like Portal, and I'll pony up, likely more than once. I care enough about Linux gaming to support games I want to play. I don't care enough about Linux gaming that I'll buy things I'm not going to like (or can't play) in hopes that they'll change course and make something I do like.

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