I remember the first time I began to really become interested in programming. I heavily participated in a community for a mod for a game called Uplink, by Introversion Software. That community inspired me to want to create software of my own, and to this day I continue to learn, create, and do what I can to give back.
Introversion has also developed one of my other all-time favorite games, Darwinia. I just recently re-played through the game on my PC and Xbox just to relive the moments I enjoyed back in 2005. After Darwinia came DEFCON, a thermonuclear war simulation game (think “Wargames”). Introversion’s latest game expands on Darwinia, introducing a multiplayer aspect. This game is appropriately named Multiwinia.
Introversion is also known for releasing the source code to its past games. I bought the Uplink source code way back when to learn and tinker around with, and just recently the company has released the source code to Darwinia/Multiwinia. If you’ve ever wanted to see how a real game is structured, looking at a real game’s source code is probably the optimal way of going about that.
Fast forward to Tuesday. A friend of mine (who just so happens to have partaken in the development of the Uplink mod I mentioned above), informed me about the latest Humble Indie Bundle. What’s a Humble Indie Bundle, you ask? To put it simply, it is a collection of multi-platform, DRM-free, independently developed video games. The most intriguing part? Pay as much or as little as you want.
Purchasers of the bundle can decide how to split their contribution. The default split is 55% to the game developers, 15% to Humble Bundle, Inc. as a “Humble Tip,” and 30% to two charities: Child’s Play and EFF. Allocate your hard-earned cash to whomever you believe deserves it the most.
So, what’s included in the “Humble Introversion Bundle?” In addition to the four games developed by Introversion (Uplink, Darwinia, DEFCON, and Multiwinia), if you pay more than the average purchase price you will receive Crayon Physics Deluxe, Aquaria, and Dungeons of Dredmor. Also included with the bundle are two tech demos that Introversion developer Chris Delay wrote, a procedural generator, and a physics-aware voxel engine. That’s not all, of course. Perhaps what made me jump at this bundle was the fact that Introversion is including the source code to all four of its games. If you’ve ever wanted to take a peek at what makes a real video game tick, now’s your chance to hit the jackpot for an excellent value.
Another interesting bit to take note of is the average purchase price of the bundle spread across the different platforms. At the time of this writing, Linux is ironically claiming first place with an average purchase price of $8.37, Mac OS X in second at $5.68, and Windows bringing up the rear at $3.39. Should this be expected or does this come as a surprise? I’m not sure. Once you purchase the bundle, you will receive an email with a link to a private page where you will have access to download links for the games and source code, Steam keys for the games, and an option to increase your contribution — just in case you begin to feel guilty for paying so little for so much.
The overall average price at the present is $4.03 — incredible, considering this bundle is worth well over $100 if the items were purchased separately. There are just about six days left to order this bundle; I recommend you do so as soon as possible.