The latest incarnation of The Humble Indie Bundle - a collection of games from independent developers where the buyer sets the price - has gone live, and has already raised a whopping $430,000.
As with previous incarnations of the collection, a series of games are included: Crayon Physics Deluxe, Cogs, VVVVVV, Hammerfight, and And Yet It Moves. All five are cross platform, working on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, and all are free from digital restrictions management technology meaning they can be installed on as many PCs as you own.
Unlike a traditional sale, The Humble Indie Bundle costs as much or as little as a person wishes to pay. Bought separately, the games would total around $50, although the average purchase price thus far sits at a somewhat lower $4.71.
While other outfits have tried the 'price it yourself' method of selling before, the Bundle is somewhat unique: a buyer can not only set the price, but also set precisely what percentage of the cost goes where. By default, half the purchase price goes to the original developers of the games, while the remainder is split between the company which organises the Humble Bundle and the charities Child's Play - which provides toys and games to children's hospitals - and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
After the price has been set, the buyer can decide which of the charities - if any - gets a cut of the proceeds, and boost or remove the amount given to Humble Bundle, Inc. To keep things fair on the developers, it's not possible to change the split between games in the pack: whatever is given to the developers will be split evenly between all those involved.
Perhaps the best feature of each Humble Indie Bundle sale - of which this is the third - is the interesting breakdowns offered: of the purchases made, the lowest average price - $3.83 at the time of writing - was offered by Windows users, while Mac users were willing to spend a little more at $6.13. Linux users, which commercial software marketing would traditionally have us think of as 'freetards' who don't want to pay a penny for anything, have been the most generous at a whopping average sale price of $10.84.
The Humble Indie Bundle 3 is live for the next 13 days, at which time the sale will stop and the games will only be available individually at their original prices. You can see more details - and buy a copy - at the official site.