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Psyringe: Nah, I actually do think that they deserve more than I paid. And I'm a bit worried that the whole Indie movement may not be sustainable (at least not without a huge loss of quality) if the current pricing trends continue. But I'm also on a very tight budget at the moment, and saving a dollar very literally means half a loaf of bread in our kitchen.
Haha, I'm just being facetious. I know a dollar can be a big difference for people. Still disappointed this isn't selling better, because a dollar can be a big difference for the developers in the bundle too.
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kalirion: What exactly is the Phantasmaburbia Deluxe Box anyway?
You get descriptions of the bonuses 'onclick':
"Concept art, sketches, early drafts, WIP backgrounds, spoiler-y illustrations, in-game maps and insights into how the enemies of Phantasmaburbia got their name."
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Psyringe: Nah, I actually do think that they deserve more than I paid. And I'm a bit worried that the whole Indie movement may not be sustainable (at least not without a huge loss of quality) if the current pricing trends continue. But I'm also on a very tight budget at the moment, and saving a dollar very literally means half a loaf of bread in our kitchen.
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PenutBrittle: Haha, I'm just being facetious. I know a dollar can be a big difference for people. Still disappointed this isn't selling better, because a dollar can be a big difference for the developers in the bundle too.
Yep. I really like Kyttaro's approach to the bundle, BIAB is probably the bundle with the highest chance to find a hidden gem (and it will even be DRM-free). I wish I could give them (and the devs) what I think they deserve - but right now I just can't justify it, and me buying the bundle for a dollar is probably still better for them than me not buying it at all.

I'm currently massively torn over the pricing developments in the Indie scene. One part of me simply wants to get the best deal, in order to save money for more important stuff. Another part has a bad conscience towards the devs. Then there's a third part that looks at the bigger picture and that is worried about an eventual demise of high-quality indie games as a result of the current price dumping. And there's even a fourth part that sees bargain hunting as a game and simply enjoys sniping the best price.

Those parts are constantly quarreling with each other, and I think in my previous posts in this thread, the fourth part had obtained the lead, so your comment wasn't unwarranted.
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kalirion: What exactly is the Phantasmaburbia Deluxe Box anyway?
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MoP: You get descriptions of the bonuses 'onclick':
"Concept art, sketches, early drafts, WIP backgrounds, spoiler-y illustrations, in-game maps and insights into how the enemies of Phantasmaburbia got their name."
Ah cool, thanks.
Its great they dropped the minimum, but i think most people can see thats not where the problem is. Its the high BTA imho which is why the sales have been fairly low atm. Plus the new HB weekly/mobile deal (less likely) will have an impact i guess..
Wow, it's remarkable just how much your post closely reflects what I've been thinking lately as well. I strongly prefer GOG games over other sources mainly due to the lack of DRM and "easy button" with no hassles. Second to that I've been hopping on a number of bundles in the last few months also. I picked up one of the Humble bundles, then the Greenlight Bundle from Groupees, and just last night I picked up bundle #2, #4, #5 from bundlestars.com but I almost passed up the latter as a lot of the games looked cool enough but I figured I very well may not play most of them due to the saturation you refer to.

I started thinking the same thoughts as you though too. I want to support developers as best I can so I opted to buy the last 3 bundles anyway, but each time out I'm more likely to pay the current minimum price than to bump it up unless there is some absolutely rocking must-have(s) in the mix.

One thing though too, is I'd be more likely to blindly support a lot more titles if they were bundled completely DRM free. I am one of the people who subscribe to the theory that all games will get pirated and there is absolutely nothing a video game developer or publisher can do about that (and no evidence to the contrary that I've ever seen), but there are things that game companies can do to increase the likelihood of someone wanting to pay for their game other than pirate it, and in particular making the game easily available DRM free at an *awesome* price is one of those very things. If they're willing to sell their game for less than $5 as it is, and in many cases less than $1 in these bundle deals, then the concept of putting copy protection/DRM on them just seems silly to me really. Hopefully within the coming years more game developers and publishers will accept this reality and give us gamers more of what we really want and in a fair manner that trusts us as loyal customers and not criminals.

I'll still support the indie bundles as I see fit in the future, but GOG.com will absolutely be my first choice on any particular game title, and GOG promos will take priority over DRM encumbered bundles on any given day.

One thing is certain, it will be interesting to see how this end of the market evolves over time now and what we've got in store for us in terms of quality, selection and price going forward.

Good post!
1 more game added to this bundle - Amidos Puzzle Collection.

edit: yep, download is broken.
Post edited March 27, 2013 by triock
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triock: 1 more game added to this bundle - Amidos Puzzle Collection.
The download link for it seems to be down. Doesn't work for me
Post edited March 27, 2013 by spoderman
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triock: 1 more game added to this bundle - Amidos Puzzle Collection.
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spoderman: The download link for it seems to be down. Doesn't work for me
Same here. Will be fixed once they notice it, I assume.
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mharris: I'll still support the indie bundles as I see fit in the future, but GOG.com will absolutely be my first choice on any particular game title, and GOG promos will take priority over DRM encumbered bundles on any given day.
This bundle is completely DRM free...

(I do agree with most of your points though!)
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mharris: I'll still support the indie bundles as I see fit in the future, but GOG.com will absolutely be my first choice on any particular game title, and GOG promos will take priority over DRM encumbered bundles on any given day.
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PenutBrittle: This bundle is completely DRM free...

(I do agree with most of your points though!)
Right, I didn't mean to imply GOG had exclusivity on DRM-free gaming of course. ;oP I do prefer to get DRM-free titles from GOG versus other sources though, but I do utilize other sources nonetheless. I wont avoid DRM encumbered games entirely so long as the DRM isn't draconian however (like EA Games or Ubisoft, which I boycott).
Hey, peeps...if you didn't vote yet, please click the link again and select the dev of your choice!
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Momo1991: Hey, peeps...if you didn't vote yet, please click the link again and select the dev of your choice!
It's too hard to decide. :/
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Momo1991: Hey, peeps...if you didn't vote yet, please click the link again and select the dev of your choice!
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triock: It's too hard to decide. :/
Ok, I sent Whispering Willows, Bloom and Chromophobia to this site and they're all on the list. Want to pick from those three - if that will make it easier? ;-p
Ok, voted for this one - Whispering Willows. :p