38 games and counting
Humble Bundle, a site most known for its limited-time, pay-what-you-want digital game/book bundles, just launched its latest collection: Humble Freedom Bundle.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Humble Bundle, here’s how it works. Humble Bundles usually cost a minimum of $1 with additional incentives (i.e more games) if you pay more. For example, Humble Mobile Bundle RPG currently has 3 tiers: $1+, $5.75+, and $6+. The money you pay goes to Humble Bundle as well as a charity. You get to decide how your money is distributed.
What makes Humble Freedom Bundle different is that 100% of the proceeds go to following charities (with users being able to choose how their money is divided amongst them):
- American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU): works “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.”
- International Rescue Committee (IRC): “responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster.”
- Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF): helps people worldwide by “delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care.”
Humble Bundle will match up to $300,000 in contributions: an amount the gaming community surpassed hours ago. The minimum payment is $30, so it’s higher than usual. But with 38 games, 9 books, and more content coming soon, this bundle lives up to its price.
Humble Freedom Bundle is packed with heavy hitters: from recent games like The Witness and Stardew Valley to classics like The Stanley Parable and Super Meat Boy. And more importantly, the money is for a good cause.
The inspiration for this bundle reads as follows, according to Humble Bundle’s site:
“Take a stand for freedom. Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door. – “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus, from an engraving on the Statue of Liberty.
We humbly remember that the United States is a nation of immigrants, and we proudly stand with developers, authors, and charities that champion liberty and justice for all.
We chose these three organizations because of the inspiring work they do in providing humanitarian assistance to refugees and displaced people as well as in defense of justice, human rights, and civil rights…”
Personally, in the midst of an extremely problematic administration, I will gladly donate $30 to organizations that give people access to resources and work towards justice. Plus, I get a game called Girls like Robots. This is a win-win if I ever saw one.