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Humble Monthly takes the Humble Bundle too far

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I love the Humble Bundle, and the concept has been steadily expanding in ways that I really enjoy. Just a couple of weeks ago I bought the Neil Gaiman book bundle, and I keep eyeing the banned book bundle and will probably cave and just buy it. There have been some awesome Humble Bundles over the years, ideal for people who missed out on entire franchises, or for those who don’t quite know which indie titles to pick up. Humble Monthly is the latest evolution, and it isn’t getting the same kind of enthusiastic greeting.

The Humble Monthly is a subscription service much like Loot Crate or any other surprise service. You pay $12 per month and receive some kind of game or games, with 5% going to charity as well.

Hmm, so $12 a month for a “highly curated” selection of games, as compared to the normally curated bundles they’ve been putting together for the last few years? No way to tell if you already have the games that they think you shouldn’t miss out on, perhaps during a Steam sale for even less money? At least there is some charitable contribution, but it feels a bit like a token gesture at this point.

You know, I liked the idea of the Loot Crate or other fun subscription services that bring nice things to my front door. However, so many of them end up being a disappointment. If I can buy the same quantity of cool stuff that I pick out for myself for that amount of money, it doesn’t feel worthwhile. I want to feel like I’m getting greater value for money thanks to the surprise element, not getting stuff that will go to waste anyway.

There might be some cool games on offer some months, but without being able to choose genres of choice, or even decide based on PC requirements or the added DRM of possible UPlay or Origin keys, it just all starts to feel a bit disingenuous to me. Just continue to make cool bundles and let people choose if they’re worth buying.

Last Updated: October 2, 2015

166 Comments

  1. Grand Admiral Chief

    October 2, 2015 at 09:39

    While an awesome idea, I know that it is NOT for me

    Reply

  2. Ottokie "Yahtzee"

    October 2, 2015 at 09:39

    Fun idea, but when it comes to games and subscriptions, I tend to steer away. But charity is good! always

    Reply

  3. Alien Emperor Trevor

    October 2, 2015 at 09:39

    Yeah I’m not sold on this idea either. I’ve got a lot of games so I wouldn’t be surprised, or very happy, to get a lot of duplicates.

    GOG has done a similar style thing a couple of times, where you buy blind and hope for something good – those were much cheaper though, last one was $3 or something.

    Reply

    • VampyreSquirrel

      October 2, 2015 at 09:47

      You’d have SOOOOO many duplicate games.

      Reply

  4. Ryanza

    October 2, 2015 at 09:41

    Buying anything digitally, and PC games, is worthless. You are buying shit with no value. No value at all. You are just wasting money.

    I always say that if you going to buy digital, spend as little money as possible because there is no value.

    If Humble Monthly was $1, wait that is still too much, if it was R10 maybe then it would be worth the while to buy worthless shit.

    Don’t Support DRM.

    Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      October 2, 2015 at 09:45

      Resale value isn’t the only type of value you get from a product.

      Reply

    • Commander JJ of the Normandy

      October 2, 2015 at 09:46

      I found quite a bit of value out of my 100 hours on 7 Days to Die that I bought digitally.
      I don’t like DRM, but buying digital is different, and very convenient.

      Reply

    • Grand Admiral Chief

      October 2, 2015 at 09:50

      Cheaper than going to the movies and there is significant more enjoyement. If you want to compare rand to rand spent (or dollar to dollar)

      Still, they won’t see a sub from me

      Reply

      • Brady miaau

        October 2, 2015 at 09:52

        Good point, even if the content is time limited for a year or something, still cheaper and more value than a movie out.

        Reply

    • Pariah

      October 2, 2015 at 09:50

      $1 = roughly R10 (R14 at the moment, but it’s the price difference of 2 chappies). You are such a dolt sometimes.

      Reply

      • Ryanza

        October 2, 2015 at 10:05

        $1 is R13.9
        R10 is $.72

        If the Humble Monthly was $1 then your comment could stand. But it’s not. The difference is R156.85 and not 2 chappies.

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        • Pariah

          October 2, 2015 at 10:07

          The difference between R10 and $1 is 2 chappies. Comment stands. You are a dolt. Actually, no. You’re an idiot.

          Reply

          • Ryanza

            October 2, 2015 at 10:14

            cheaper. Paying R10 is cheaper than paying $1. That is what i was saying.

          • Pariah

            October 2, 2015 at 10:18

            Cheaper by 2 chappies. You’re not an idiot. You’re retarded. Keep talking. We can go lower still.

          • Ryanza

            October 2, 2015 at 10:22

            What point you trying to make. “If Humble Monthly was $1, wait that is still too much, if it was R10
            maybe then it would be worth the while to buy worthless shit.” Humble Monthly is not $1 and me saying R10 doesn’t mean that Humble Monthly is 2 chappies cheaper than the amount I said it should be.

          • SargonTheRebornBatpanda

            October 2, 2015 at 11:04

            Sorry Ryanza. Pariah uses this skillset that isn’t really appropriate when dealing with you. It’s called logic. And it’s super effective. Usually. But sometimes it comes up against a hard counter.

            I can only hope to understand your frustrations one day.

          • Ryanza

            October 2, 2015 at 11:05

            2 chappies logic. lol. And no not the logic of cheaper is cheaper.

    • Brady miaau

      October 2, 2015 at 09:50

      I think the way we determine value is not consistent.

      One of the digital arguments, such as for Kindle, is that they can switch off your ability to use the content. But you still get the value, you read the book, played the game or whatever. The enjoyment factor is still there and that is hard to quantify. What about seeing a movie? (how much is that now anyway? R90 a ticket?)

      I understand your point about holding something and that is why, when I buy digital (which I like doing), it must be cheaper. I have bought technical books digitally for an eighth the price at the bookstore, which suits me, still paying R200 for the ebook, but saving a lot of cash as well.

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      • Commander JJ of the Normandy

        October 2, 2015 at 09:54

        The sad thing is that digital games (when not on sale) is most of the time more expensive than the physical copies. But many games are only available digitally, which I don’t mind.
        I like the digital gaming era. It’s made us able to own 200+ games, which means I’ve experienced so many great titles I wouldn’t have been able to otherwise.
        The physical copies are reserved for the games I really hold dear.

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        • Pariah

          October 2, 2015 at 09:55

          I don’t buy physical any more tbh. I wait for specials or bundles and I score every time. Plus the boxes take up too much space. I have literally 2 large boxes full of old game boxes. And nothing to do with them, but stash them in my garage.

          Reply

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            October 2, 2015 at 09:58

            I bought Witcher 3 physical. Shadow of Mordor (because it was cheaper) and Fallout4 (because it was WAY cheaper). And because I want those boxes. But everything else is digital. Mostly from the Humble Store probably too.

          • Pariah

            October 2, 2015 at 09:58

            Lol. I got Shadow of Mordor, 1 month after release, at half the retail price on a Steam special. πŸ˜›

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            October 2, 2015 at 10:00

            Two months after it was already down to $20 on BundleStars and it’s now $15.
            I’ll admit, that game was definitely not worth that full price.

          • Pariah

            October 2, 2015 at 10:01

            No, but at half price it really was. I still need to finish that game. But alas, I have the curse of not finishing games. Ever. Doesn’t take away from the fact that it was a great game and worth $20 at the time for sure.

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            October 2, 2015 at 10:01

            Don’t hold your breath for that end. Trust me.

          • Pariah

            October 2, 2015 at 10:02

            The probability of me seeing it is roughly 2% – because I really never finish games. XD

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            October 2, 2015 at 10:03

            Then you’ve already won πŸ˜€

          • Pariah

            October 2, 2015 at 10:03

            XD

          • SargonTheRebornBatpanda

            October 2, 2015 at 10:26

            Same. Curse. Still. Haven’t. Finished. It.

            But give me a game that has no end? Or has a story with the quality of Mass Effect/Witcher 3/etc.

            I’ll finish it TODAY!

        • Grand Admiral Chief

          October 2, 2015 at 09:57

          ^This

          Reply

          • Brady miaau

            October 2, 2015 at 09:57

            Yes. Mass Effect 3, pre ordered collectors edition, because it is held dear.

        • Brady miaau

          October 2, 2015 at 09:57

          True. I hate that. CNA has Fallout 4 for less than Xbox Live, a physical copy dammit, which had make costs, transport costs and all that to get to CNA.

          Reply

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            October 2, 2015 at 09:59

            Assassin’s Creed Black Flag is $30 on Steam. It was $10 on sale the other day.
            You can buy it in store under the “value series” for R100 in physical copy.
            Got my Fallout on CNA, by far the cheapest.

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            October 2, 2015 at 10:02

            AC 4 for R100 physical in CNA?

            Sheeeeet bra!

          • Pariah

            October 2, 2015 at 10:03

            See, I wait for Steam specials. the 75% or 80% off deals. Then you score BIG time.

      • Ryanza

        October 2, 2015 at 09:58

        Video games are products. Going to the cinema to watch a movie is not the same as buying a dvd or blu ray.

        Going to the cinema is comparable to Let’s Play video games on Youtube.

        Reply

        • Commander JJ of the Normandy

          October 2, 2015 at 10:00

          What are arcades then? (besides dead)

          Reply

          • Ryanza

            October 2, 2015 at 10:02

            Arcades were like 50c

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            October 2, 2015 at 10:03

            I bought Mass Effect 2 digitally for R14. How is that different?

          • Ryanza

            October 2, 2015 at 10:09

            It’s worthless. When you turn the arcade’s off and close up shop, no games. No servers no games.

            The arcade machines has value to the owners and EA has the value of your R14 digital product.

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            October 2, 2015 at 10:10

            They can take my game, sure, but they can never take the hours I’ve put into it, enjoying it
            *insert braveheart pic here*
            But I don’t wanna argue, it’s Friday.

          • Pariah

            October 2, 2015 at 10:42

            But… What about the FFD? O_O

          • SargonTheRebornBatpanda

            October 2, 2015 at 10:13

            So really we’re all slaves to Eskom. Because physical and/or digital, we still require power to use them. Which means we’re also slaves to petroleum companies, gas companies, shiiiiiit… pretty much any other corporation out there has some way of controlling us.

            Don’t support life.
            Pull the plug now. It’s not worth it anymore.

            *Edit: Obvious sarcasm is obvious

          • Ryanza

            October 2, 2015 at 10:19

          • Pariah

            October 2, 2015 at 10:20

            And that setup will cost more than half of us earn in a year. vs R600 a month for Eskom. Yeah.

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            October 2, 2015 at 10:23

            If I paid R600 a month to Eskom, I’d be so happy!!!

          • Pariah

            October 2, 2015 at 10:23

            I do. Lol. XD

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            October 2, 2015 at 10:24

            Bastard. I’m on R2500 now

          • SargonTheRebornBatpanda

            October 2, 2015 at 10:25

            Do you have an entire country living with you?!?! I mean we’re four and we pay R1200-1500 max on particularly pricey months.

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            October 2, 2015 at 10:26

            Property tax, sanitation, water, electricity, (my wife’s business), gaming, and tv

          • Pariah

            October 2, 2015 at 10:28

            Ok if we include that mine goes up to R800 a month. Sheesh. I was talking just Eskom here.

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            October 2, 2015 at 10:28

            Well then electricity is about R1500pm

          • Pariah

            October 2, 2015 at 10:29

            Much more reasonable. Lol. That’s about right for a family.

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            October 2, 2015 at 10:37

            AND a hairdressing business. Dem wimmens like to have dem hairs done (effing blow drier chowing my randelas)

          • Pariah

            October 2, 2015 at 10:43

            Then actually quite respectable lol. Perspective is an awesome thing. πŸ˜›

          • SargonTheRebornBatpanda

            October 2, 2015 at 11:05

            Agreed!

          • Brady miaau

            October 2, 2015 at 13:55

            Gee, that is quite low. We cannot keep it there.

          • SargonTheRebornBatpanda

            October 2, 2015 at 11:05

            Same! πŸ˜€

          • Ryanza

            October 2, 2015 at 10:29

            I have spoken to people looking into the costs and watt usage. So no. Well if you want overkill then yes.

          • Brady miaau

            October 2, 2015 at 13:54

            R600 for Eskom? Um. R3.5K minimum for us. So I am getting batteries and solar soonish.

          • SargonTheRebornBatpanda

            October 2, 2015 at 10:24

            All those things will decay eventually. They have no value. End life now. Not worth living anymore.

          • Ryanza

            October 2, 2015 at 10:26

            Thought as much.

          • SargonTheRebornBatpanda

            October 2, 2015 at 11:05

            Exactly. So original point stands.

          • Ryanza

            October 2, 2015 at 11:07

            No. I though as much that your comment would be directed at making jokes at me. I show a different view but no back to making jokes at me.

            Typical.

          • SargonTheRebornBatpanda

            October 2, 2015 at 11:18

            It’s funny how you think my comments are making fun of you. It’s like you honestly believe that any other reality but your own is so ridiculous that to even consider it is sacrilege. So the very act of bringing it to you is me making an ass out of you.

            Like I’d think about that one for a moment if I were you.

          • Hammersteyn

            October 2, 2015 at 10:10

            *Sniffs*

        • Brady miaau

          October 2, 2015 at 10:04

          No, I do agree with you. A Video game is product, not a service. I was comparing the enjoyment you get out. some of these games are ones you play for a few hours and then remember fondly. I was comparing that experience to a movie.

          Also, why must my house be cluttered with yet more junk? (see my 11 million other posts about my little girl) I want to play a game with little muss and fuss.

          And reading books, especially technical ones, is fine electronically.

          I say, buy digital but it must be much cheaper and make sense. Buy physical when there is a need to own it, such as a treasured game collection or map or something.

          I think the next 10 years are going to, commercially, be very interesting with a big drive toward more technology in all our purchases.

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          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            October 2, 2015 at 10:09

            I agree with you on the books. Ereading has made things so comfortable.
            If you go away you need one 200g thing to take with. Not 2 to 4 heavy books.
            Sure gaming is different, but if I’m getting a game for R20 that will take me 6 hours to finish and enjoy I’d say it’s money well spent.

    • SargonTheRebornBatpanda

      October 2, 2015 at 10:24

      Buying anything is worthless. You are buying shit with no value. No value at all. You are just wasting money.

      Reply

      • Grand Admiral Chief

        October 2, 2015 at 10:24

        Working jobs your hate to buy shit you don’t need

        Reply

        • SargonTheRebornBatpanda

          October 2, 2015 at 11:06

          You’ve just gone so deep that I smell… soap?

          Reply

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            October 2, 2015 at 11:08

            πŸ˜€

      • Ryanza

        October 2, 2015 at 10:39

        No. Buying anything is not worthless. Typically value decreases over time. And some products can gain value over time.

        But digital products, all of them, are worthless. No value at all.

        Your comments are typically against Ryanza and not to discuss or argue the stuff Ryanza says. I guess that makes this comment of mine worthless.

        Reply

        • SargonTheRebornBatpanda

          October 2, 2015 at 11:06

          You’re still buying products that decay. That will end. So they have no value (as per your argument).

          Reply

          • Ryanza

            October 2, 2015 at 11:11

            wow. lol. trying hard there ain’t you. decaying value over years compared to no value now from digital products. Ya i shouldn’t waste my time on people like you. But hey, fight the shitty fight against Ryanza. lol.

          • SargonTheRebornBatpanda

            October 2, 2015 at 11:13

            You decided what value was over time for yourself. And you’re telling other people to assign that value to how they perceive time. It’s not very hard to call that out when the way I value time is significantly different to the way you do.

            And yes. You should not waste your time on people who think terribly different to the way you do and who try to allow for all manner of different perceptions of value. That’s definitely a significant waste of time.

            It isn’t a fight against you. It’s a fight against what you represent.

  5. Pariah

    October 2, 2015 at 09:41

    They said Steam keys for everything, with more in addition with some games. But base is a Steam key. So no Origin-only keys.

    Reply

    • Commander JJ of the Normandy

      October 2, 2015 at 09:47

      I think there will be some that are Uplay or Origin only. Their statement seems a bit vague on whether it’s ALL on steam.

      Reply

      • Pariah

        October 2, 2015 at 09:48

        Well tbh I don’t mind Origin one bit. I have about 15 or so Origin games that are Origin only and really, the client is lightweight and easier to use than the Steam one. Not as robust, but it doesn’t need to be. Uplay is another matter, but we cross that bridge when we get there.

        Reply

        • Commander JJ of the Normandy

          October 2, 2015 at 09:50

          I also have quite a few on Origin. The only bad thing about them is that the C&C games they sold me don’t all work. But otherwise I don’t mind it too much. Sure, the games won’t be played often because I barely ever open Origin, but if I really feel like the game it’s okay.
          After Uplay’s new update it is running better and looking more sleek, but the fact remains that it’s still an unnecessary client.

          Reply

          • Pariah

            October 2, 2015 at 09:54

            I have some Steam games that don’t work on Windows 7 too. It’s not just Origin that pull that shit. Again, I don’t care if it’s Origin or Steam or Uplay (the amount of games I have on Uplay are a grand total of 3, and they all launch from Steam). If I get a few good games every few months, it’s still worth it. Games like Terraria for instance. Cost me $1 and I’ve lost 403 hours now and counting. Little gems can crop up in bundles like this, and we’re almost guaranteed to not get the AAA crap. So the chance at good games is actually higher. πŸ˜€

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            October 2, 2015 at 09:56

            I absolutely agree with you there. I got some of my best little games from the Humble Store. It’s the place to find those indie gems at a good price.
            Think I also got Terraria there, actually. πŸ™‚
            I think this monthly bundle is a cool idea. It would suck to get duplicates, of course, but (depending on how many games you have already) you got to take the good with the bad.

          • Pariah

            October 2, 2015 at 09:57

            I can always give friends the spare keys too – that’s my take on it. πŸ™‚

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            October 2, 2015 at 09:58

            Indeed, spread the love

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            October 2, 2015 at 10:01

            Very true

  6. Pariah

    October 2, 2015 at 09:41

    Besides, $12 a month is really nothing. I’m signing up. πŸ™‚

    Reply

    • SargonTheRebornBatpanda

      October 2, 2015 at 10:11

      I was reading the rest of the comments and thinking… uh… does anyone else think this is worth signing up for? Am I going to be the only idiot defending this? Lol’d so hard when I read your comments. πŸ˜€

      Reply

      • Dutch Matrix

        October 2, 2015 at 10:11

        Well, you can always donate that money to the NSPCA…

        Reply

        • SargonTheRebornBatpanda

          October 2, 2015 at 10:16

          Lel. Why would I do that?

          Reply

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            October 2, 2015 at 10:24

            Why not?

          • SargonTheRebornBatpanda

            October 2, 2015 at 10:52

            Answering a question with question. I see the value in this approach. So my retort is:

            Well… why and why not?

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            October 2, 2015 at 11:03

            A CONUNDRUM!

            I vote we drink beer and discus what we are discussing on disqus

          • SargonTheRebornBatpanda

            October 2, 2015 at 11:07

            My DEAR sir. You DO NOT want to do that. Ask @@ToshZA:disqus

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            October 2, 2015 at 11:08

            You can’t handle your liquor? You disrobe? Do tell

          • SargonTheRebornBatpanda

            October 2, 2015 at 11:11

            I still lose NO arguments. Ever. Muahahahahaha.

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            October 2, 2015 at 11:12

            Who said anything about having an argument? I WAN’T BEER YOU SILLY PANDA!

          • SargonTheRebornBatpanda

            October 2, 2015 at 11:16

            WE’D HAVE AN ARGUMENT ABOUT BEER AND ARGUMENTS BECAUSE THERE WILL BE BEER! That’s what I was trying to say.

            Now I also want beer!
            DAMNIT!

            At least CPT has good craft beer!

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            October 2, 2015 at 11:22

            The company I work for has recently bought a 70% share of a craft beer maker. I’m doing the IT infrastructure for their new plant, so guess who will be doing ‘site visits’ on Fridays soon…

          • SargonTheRebornBatpanda

            October 2, 2015 at 11:40

            WHERE?! CAN I COME?!

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            October 2, 2015 at 11:40

            You in Gauteng?

          • SargonTheRebornBatpanda

            October 2, 2015 at 12:16

            THEY MAKE BEER IN GAUTENG?!

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            October 2, 2015 at 13:38

            Indeed they do, good beer in fact!

          • SargonTheRebornBatpanda

            October 2, 2015 at 15:38

            I think to prove this claim you’ll have to courier some down to me! πŸ˜€

          • Dutch Matrix

            October 2, 2015 at 10:45

            Because an abandoned animal needs a bowl of food/shelter more than you need a game you might already have???

          • SargonTheRebornBatpanda

            October 2, 2015 at 10:51

            Who measures this?

          • Dutch Matrix

            October 2, 2015 at 10:57

            Who measures what? The fact is, the NSPCA is battling to get donations for food and much needed medicine for animals. And people are willing to piss away $12.00 a month for a few games that they may have, may not want to have or may not be able to play.
            All in the hope of getting maybe one game worth playing?
            Rather drop off a decent sized bag of dog food at your local animal shelter. They will thank you for it, as well as a few dogs too.
            Plus you can feel warm and fuzzy for a bit.

          • SargonTheRebornBatpanda

            October 2, 2015 at 11:01

            1) The fact is, every single major charity is battling *something*. There is no shortage of suffering on the planet. Why dogs?

            Effectively I’m asking who decides this? Where is this value derived from? If a dog’s food is worth more than my enjoyment of free time, then why isn’t a cat’s food not also worth that? And if that is the case (I’m not saying it’s not – I’m merely asking who decides here) – then why isn’t a Kangaroo’s food more important? Why isn’t the plight of the Polar Bar attributed the same importance? Why isn’t the state of our local ecosystems? Or the international ecosystems?

            2) Where does it end? Now that we’ve established that there are NUMEROUS causes more worthy than my own why bother to do ANYTHING ELSE BUT advance the causes that all of these charities advance. Why marry? Why have kids? Why eat out at nice places? Why do anything at all? You should conceivable donate every single surplus you have to rid the world of all these ills. No cigarettes. No carbonated beverages. No alcoholic beverages. No anything other than food and the most basic form of nourishing substances.

          • Dutch Matrix

            October 2, 2015 at 11:26

            Look Dude. You clearly only worry about yourself. If putting aside a R150.00 a month to help an animal or two without having a whiny bitch fit about it is too much for you, then don’t.
            It’s simple really.

          • SargonTheRebornBatpanda

            October 2, 2015 at 11:46

            You really and completely missed the point there I’m afraid. πŸ™‚

            You originally told me to donate money to the NSPCA. You said it was because an abandoned animal needs a bowl of food more than I need a game.

            From the continuing series of questions to ascertain the logic of the proposition you put forth, you have somehow gathered that I only care about myself and that I can’t be bothered to put aside R150 a month to help an animal.

            Let me simplify it for you.
            1) I already make numerous donations to charities. I am not bound to a single cause. Especially one as narrow minded as being limited to a specific species of animal.
            2) I also play games which help me unwind and enjoy my downtime – which helps me maintain my uptime in order to be able to contribute a little to those causes which I support (when I support them).
            3) They are not mutually exclusive (that means you can actually do both – in the same month).
            4) Lawyered.

          • Dutch Matrix

            October 2, 2015 at 11:57

            No. You are making a mountain of a mole hill. If someone hangs off the edge of a building and yells help, do you help him or give him a 50 page thesis on how your act of kindness will change the timeline forever and cause you to not smoke or drink when you are 98 years old?

          • SargonTheRebornBatpanda

            October 2, 2015 at 12:15

            Well the mole hill is a mountain to someone/something. That’s exactly the point is it not? It’s about context and perspective. Which is where my questions were trying to lead you.

            In addition, your analogy needs fixing. It is not at all like either saving someone about to fall off a ledge or giving them a 50 page essay. You’re still missing the point. It’s about which person you ought to save right before they fall off a ledge, but there are fifty people about to fall and you’ll only have time to save one more (because you’ve already saved one so far). For you it’s enough to save THAT SPECIFIC ONE (the dog at the NSPCA). I have also saved one (for argument sakes – we are not going to pull out donations and inspect which dick is bigger). You are now telling me to save another (but your choice of who – the dog at the NSPCA) INSTEAD of buying that subscription service. I’m merely asking why none of the other people? And if possible – why not ALL of the other people. These questions would hopefully invoke in you some sort of reflective period in which you would consider how we each choose to value our own lives and the rest of the world.

            But instead you throw a fit because I didn’t jump onto your “save a dog at the NSPCA” wagon. Not the reaction I was hoping for. But I accept your right to have any reaction you see fit to have to this.

      • Pariah

        October 2, 2015 at 10:15

        It’s why we’re friends man. We understand each other. XD

        Reply

  7. Pariah

    October 2, 2015 at 09:43

    And there have been many bundles where half the games were shit, but the other half and the price were worth it for just a single game. So why not?

    Reply

  8. Commander JJ of the Normandy

    October 2, 2015 at 09:44

    I think this is a great idea.

    Dangerous, sure, because backlog, but I do buy from the humble store at least once a month.

    Reply

  9. Brady miaau

    October 2, 2015 at 09:46

    This is like having satellite tv. I no longer do. I miss one thing, the ability to channel hop and, by chance, see something I would not normally have looked at or for. That is a good thing, the surprise. But for 1 good surprise, there are several meh’s or even blechh’s.

    So. Not for me then, this service.

    Reply

  10. Hammersteyn

    October 2, 2015 at 10:01

    So for $12 you can possibly buy games you already own?

    Reply

    • Dutch Matrix

      October 2, 2015 at 10:02

      THe logic! It’s sound! Also this is the last day I’ll be trolling you all!

      Reply

      • Pariah

        October 2, 2015 at 10:02

        Why? O_o

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        • Dutch Matrix

          October 2, 2015 at 10:04

          You all don’t like me. And apparently I am not getting paid to chat on Lagz the whole day. I have a dream people. And to get that dream, I”mma gonna have to give some…

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          • Grand Admiral Chief

            October 2, 2015 at 10:25

            I’m getting paid for every comment you guys make, peanuts, but peanuts nonetheless

      • Hammersteyn

        October 2, 2015 at 10:03

        Noooooooo I return for you to leave? Why?

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    • Commander JJ of the Normandy

      October 2, 2015 at 10:02

      For R150 you could also possibly eat food at a restaurant that makes you sick.

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      • Pariah

        October 2, 2015 at 10:02

        DUDE. Winner!!!

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      • Hammersteyn

        October 2, 2015 at 10:04

        Stay away from Spur, Dros, Wimpy, etc. then

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        • Commander JJ of the Normandy

          October 2, 2015 at 10:04

          Wimpy has made me sick in the past. Though it only cost me R60 for the meal, the doctor didn’t seem to offer free soda with my consultation.

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          • Hammersteyn

            October 2, 2015 at 10:05

            I bet the doctor cost R90.

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            October 2, 2015 at 10:06

            Damn it, now I wish I could remember. ;P

        • Dutch Matrix

          October 2, 2015 at 10:05

          Actually Meyerton got a rather good Spur.

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          • Hammersteyn

            October 2, 2015 at 10:06

            Not all of them are bad. I’d call it 50/50. But that’s a coin toss between a scrumptious steak or Delhi Belly

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            October 2, 2015 at 10:06

            LOL

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 2, 2015 at 10:07

            *Spur belly

          • Hammersteyn

            October 2, 2015 at 10:10

            XD

          • Hammersteyn

            October 2, 2015 at 10:11

            People with a taste for laxatives?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 2, 2015 at 10:11

            lollllllll

          • Pariah

            October 2, 2015 at 10:17

            XD

          • Pariah

            October 2, 2015 at 10:08

            Living in Cape Town, there are 100 other restaurants within 40 minute’s drive that will beat Spur by miles in taste, while matching or beating them in price.

          • Hammersteyn

            October 2, 2015 at 10:10

            Same where I live. I tend to stay away from franchises

          • Dutch Matrix

            October 2, 2015 at 10:10

            Now that I can agree on! Been in your valley a month or so ago and it was a gastronomic experience as close to heaven as I will come on earth!

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            October 2, 2015 at 10:11

            I go where there’s good beer or wine. And then I see what food they have to offer.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 2, 2015 at 10:11

            Spur is actually really pricey now. Haven’t been to one in years, but the last time I did their steaks were more expensive than a smaller place near me, and kak.

  11. 40 Insane Frogs

    October 2, 2015 at 10:02

    It’s almost like whenever a service runs for certain amount of time, and the ratio between corporates and creatives start to lean more in favour of the corporate drones, things ALWAYS start to turn into dog show (Profits uber alles, bros). I like what humble bundle tried to do, but there’s no way, I’m signing up for a subscription service.

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    • Hammersteyn

      October 2, 2015 at 10:05

      This is true. Look at PS+ I love indie games but I want a little more bang for my buck

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      • 40 Insane Frogs

        October 2, 2015 at 10:09

        Definitely, and here’s the kicker, my love for indie games has seriously taken a knock this past year, because (a) most indie devs seem to be annoying and obnoxious primadonas (just look at our local indie devs – there are some really cool people there, but then you have a bunch of asses that really shouldn’t be on twitter) and (b) for every single indie gem, you first have to wade through a humongous pile of manure (in the form of stupid walking simulators to “but I are artistic” shit).

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        • Hammersteyn

          October 2, 2015 at 10:12

          Indie devs don’t have PR people. Else Fishy would have made FEZ2 by now and possibly FEZ3

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          • 40 Insane Frogs

            October 2, 2015 at 10:17

            I doubt Fishy would have made FEZ2 even if he never discovered social media (or needed to fuel his ego). My impression is that the success of that game (and the controversy over whether he lifted code and ideas from someone else) would have haunted him during FEZ2’s development, and he would have become gun shy regardless.

            The big blowup was just a convenient way to cover up his own insecurities.

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            October 2, 2015 at 10:18

            I got nothing.
            I think you’re spot on with this. πŸ™‚

          • Hammersteyn

            October 2, 2015 at 10:21

            His beard looked insecure

        • Commander JJ of the Normandy

          October 2, 2015 at 10:14

          I agree with you on that. And I’ve bought a game that sunk, and I’ve also helped kickstart a game that turned out to be a big disappointment. Most of them also have terrible PR skills to go with it.
          But man, those gems are just sometimes things that no big dev can ever compete with.
          You win some, you lose some.

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          • Hammersteyn

            October 2, 2015 at 10:15

            We all know you vought Batman

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            October 2, 2015 at 10:17

            Hehe. I bought Batman in Mordor, but not Arkham Knight. That was done by a friend of mine and I just watched rage unfold like not even the Hulk could muster.

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            October 2, 2015 at 10:28

            *bought

          • Pariah

            October 2, 2015 at 10:29

            Maybe you vought that Russian Batman?

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            October 2, 2015 at 10:29

            Wif wodka comrade,

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 2, 2015 at 10:33

            Wodka is Polish. #justsayin

          • Pariah

            October 2, 2015 at 10:33

            Mr Min is polish. #justsayin

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            October 2, 2015 at 10:37

            HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

            GG WP

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          October 2, 2015 at 10:19

          Yeah, once any dev or pub exceeds an arbitrary level of toolness based on history and my mood at the time – take your games & shove ’em.

          I find it works quite nicely & makes me surprisingly happy. It’s quite satisfying to tell an obnoxious prick who thinks he’s got a say in how and where I spend my entertainment dollars to piss the fuck off.

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  12. Milesh Bhana

    October 2, 2015 at 10:19

    i have no issue with this. I just hope that it doesn’t affect the quality of the humble bundles. Even better if they simply just give you every month’s bundle to save you the hassle of having to buy them.

    I won’t get it though. Steam and PSN backlogs are massive so don’t really need them to automatically top me up (and as you said, high chance of duplicates).

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  13. SargonTheRebornBatpanda

    October 2, 2015 at 10:22

    Okay. This is kinda silly. We’re saying that a company/group of people that has proven its value TIME and TIME again (by letting YOU decide the split between humble bundle/developer/charity) is not allowed to offer a subscription service? They’re not even allowed to OFFER it? Like you don’t even KNOW what is on the first month yet. FFS. It seems just a LITTLE premature to judge the book by the authors vague outline of what he/she kinda WANTS to write about. But if Raymond E Feist gave me that outline I’d hand him my bloody money. Because the man has won me over with his proven track record.

    Additionally, how many of you ACTUALLY give humble bundle large amounts of the money for putting all this shit together? I know I don’t always do it. Maybe they’re struggling to keep the ship on course? Do we know? Maybe we need to SEE some corporate greed before we CITE corporate greed? Perhaps?

    Lastly.. if you sign up early you get Legends of Grimrock 2? Which is $24.99 on Steam now? And was only released Oct last year? So it MIGHT be on sale come year end. And it MIGHT be 50% off. Which means you MIGHT get it for $12.48.

    Yeah. The arguments some of you have made are sound. I.e. I like a SPECIFIC genre of titles so this wouldn’t be worth it. Alright. Don’t buy it. I’m with you. But it seems unfair to shit on a service before we really know what the service offers. I hardly feel it is fair to say they’ve gone too far or anything.

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    • Pariah

      October 2, 2015 at 10:22

      You had me at Raymond E Feist. <3

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      • SargonTheRebornBatpanda

        October 2, 2015 at 10:23

        Yeah well. Fucking legend that one. <3

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        • 40 Insane Frogs

          October 2, 2015 at 10:24

          I’m in awe at his ability to write 2 – 3 books a year. The guy is a literary machine!

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          • SargonTheRebornBatpanda

            October 2, 2015 at 10:30

            Yeah. And at his age. When he came to RSA (last year I think) I went to an hour discussion he had. And then met him afterward. The dude is the friggin most awesome human being I’ve ever met. Like listening to him talk about how it all started, etc, was a friggin dream come true. And you can see why he can pump books out the way he does. He loves the worlds he creates. And he has for decades (in the case of Midkemia). He is as heartbroken as WE are at the events that unfold. Man is a legend.

          • 40 Insane Frogs

            October 2, 2015 at 10:45

            Hahaha I was there as well, even got a few of my books signed. We were probably in the same q πŸ˜›

          • SargonTheRebornBatpanda

            October 2, 2015 at 10:50

            Lol! We’re EVERYWHERE!

  14. Rajam Dutta

    March 6, 2016 at 12:56

    I m pissed at humble bundle, I didnt get wasteland 2, I unsubscribed previous month for their bad games in february, I cry now!

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