The Humble Indie Game Bundle we told you about recently is a sweet collection of some might fine games from independent developers. It’s particularly notable in that the proceeds can be split any which way you like between the developers and charities – both of which worthy recipients of your money. Also notable in that you can pay whatever you life for it – from as little as 1 hundredth of a US Dollar.
Why then, are pirate douchebags stealing something that’s potentially pretty damned close to free?
According to the fine folks at Wolfire who’re running the Humble Indie Bundle, a conservative 25% of downloads of the bundle have been done illegitimately, discounting those done via file sharing like Bittorrent and Usenet.
Regular reasons cited by pirates for stealing games are 1) It’s too expensive 2) The DRM is restrictive and 3) The Publishers make too much money anyway. Here we have games that 1) Cost as much or as little as you like, 2) have absolutely no DRM and 3) Are independently published with the money going directly to the developers or sick children.
What reasonable excuse is left? Sure, some people don’t have access to credit cards, but that alone doesn’t entitle them steal something. There are other means – like getting prepaid cards that function just like credit cards, but that probably requires just a bit too much effort.
Pirates, it seems, will pirate just about anything for the simple fact that they can.
You can do your bit by purchasing the bundle here. As a gift, Samorost 2 from Amanita Design has been added to the bundle, giving you even more awesome value for your spare change.
Last Updated: May 11, 2010