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Posted by Raine Hutchens on May 3, 2012

An Indie Bundle Published By EA – Oh The Irony!

 

An indie game, by definition, is a game that’s fully developed and released without large publishing support. Take games like Minecraft, or Limbo for instance; these are both games that are considered indie games, as they were both created and pushed for sale by their respective developers. So what happens when a big-name publisher comes in and promotes an indie bundle? What if that company were EA?

Well, those are both questions that must be answered, and rather quickly. Just today Electronic Arts decided to release their own indie bundle, packed with games that weren’t necessarily indie games to begin with. Each title was developed by a different company and published through EA on their own. So why are they considered indie in the first place? Now the games aren’t bad, in fact, some of them are really good. The titles included in the bundle are Warp, Shank, Shank 2, Gatling Gears, DeathSpank, and DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue.

What’s even more ironic about this bundle is the fact that it’s not seen on Origin. No, this bundle is being distributed through – you guessed it – Steam! You can see the bundle, and even pick it up if you want here. Also, unlike with most other indie bundles out there, none of the proceeds will be going to charity, and you can’t choose how much you’ll shell out for the bundle. I know, insanity right?

When seeing this I wonder, is EA only doing this to try and “wagon” in to make more money, or are they trying to be sincere about offering some indie help? After all, they have thrown some funds at a few indie developers to get things moving, and the games in the bundle don’t totally blow. Is this indie bundle a good idea, or do you side with Notch’s claim that EA is “methodically destroying” the industry?

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