Humble Indie Bundle 18

Good looking bundle freshly dropped! Been very curious about Kentucky Route Zero… And I want Heist, but I want Heist on Switch…. And I don’t have time for all these!! …I’ll probably get it. I don’t make sense sometimes.

May 16th 2017

  • Ziggurat [PC]
    Released: Aug 14, 2014 by Milkstone Studios
    Metascore: 75
  • Windward [PC]
    Released: May 12, 2015 by Tasharen Entertainment
    Metascore: 61
  • SteamWorld Heist [PC]
    Released: Jun 7, 2016 by Image & Form
    Metascore: 81
  • Kentucky Route Zero – Act I [PC] (pay above average to unlock) +soundtrack
    Released: Jan 7, 2013 by Cardboard Computer
    Metascore: 81
  • Kentucky Route Zero – Act II [PC] (pay above average to unlock)
    Released: May 31, 2013 by Cardboard Computer
    Metascore: 82
  • Kentucky Route Zero – Act III [PC] (pay above average to unlock)
    Released: May 6, 2014 by Cardboard Computer
    Metascore: 91
  • Kentucky Route Zero – Act IV [PC] (pay above average to unlock)
    Released: Jul 20, 2016 by Cardboard Computer
    Metascore: 90
  • Kentucky Route Zero – Act V [PC] (pay above average to unlock)
    Released: TBA by Cardboard Computer
    Metascore: N/A
  • Beholder [PC] (pay above average to unlock)
    Released: Nov 9, 2016 by Warm Lamp Games
    Metascore: 75
  • Goat Simulator [PC] (pay above average to unlock) +all DLC
    Released: Apr 1, 2014 by Coffee Stain Studios
    Metascore: 62
  • More games to be added in a week (pay above average to unlock)
  • Owlboy [PC] (pay $13 US or more to unlock) +soundtrack
    Released: Nov 1, 2016 by D-Pad Studio
    Metascore: 88

The average at the time of writing was $7.49. Grab it at https://www.humblebundle.com/humble-indie-bundle-18.

I Pre-ordered a Nintendo Switch. Here’s why….

Nintendo couldn’t have asked for better momentum leading up to the Jan 12th reveal. The 3 minute reveal trailer (filmed here, in Vancouver) had very positive reception. The NES Classic seemed to sell out before release and is still waiting for re-stock. Super Mario Run was their first real entry into the mobile gaming market, heavily promoted by Apple and wildly successful. Most people have already put their Wii U’s away and are eagerly anticipating the next thing from Nintendo.

After eager anticipation and coming home late, I watched the awkwardly translated Nintendo presentation from Tokyo. I came away thinking, “Okay, cool. Some weird stuff and disappointing stuff, but definitely some interesting stuff too. I know I’ll eventually pick one up, but I don’t need to pre-order one. Zelda looks amazing, but I have it pre-ordered for Wii U already.” Even with the extra info online regarding Micro SD and online service details, I felt they didn’t convey enough information to warrant pre-ordering. Vague descriptions that chat is somehow handled through a phone app?? The graphics hardware looks like it’s probably based on the aging Nvidia Tegra X1, and not the upcoming Tegra X2, which is unfortunate if not surprising. Third party support feels apprehensive. And no unbiased impressions about the hardware yet… I figured I should at least wait for those: how comfortable and responsive are the controllers?

I waffled a bit, but obviously, I changed my mind. Here’s why:

Japan. Console gaming has long been on its way out, in Japan. Handheld gaming is where Japan does most of its gaming, and if the presentation from Tokyo is any indication (Square Enix and Atlus providing great initial support), I think Switch will be quite popular, and possibly the next bastion for Japanese games. On top of that, the Switch will not be region-locked, so we don’t even need those games to be published by a North American publisher. Bonus.

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Humble Capcom Playstation Bundle

Okay, this is pretty cool that it’s happening, (just like the Humble Nindi Bundle and the Humble Friends of Nintendo Bundle), but the content is unfortunately quite old or already common. Since most of the games are PS3 (many of which I already have), and my PS3 is currently unhooked, it’s not super intriguing to me. I will be passing on this one. But here is the extensive list of games!

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Humble Indie Bundle 17 (Update)

Update, Aug 23rd

Three rather obscure puzzle games were added: a collection of 3 Hexcells games, Expand, and Regency Solitaire. Can’t say these really interest me so they don’t add anything to the bundle, personally.

Bundle will be available until Aug 30th.

  • Hexcells [PC] (pay above average to unlock)
    Released: Feb 19, 2014 by Matthew Brown
    Metascore: N/A
  • Hexcells Infinite [PC] (pay above average to unlock)
    Released: Sep 1, 2014 by Matthew Brown
    Metascore: N/A
  • Hexcells Plus [PC] (pay above average to unlock)
    Released: Feb 19, 2014 by Matthew Brown
    Metascore: N/A
  • Expand [PC] +soundtrack (pay above average to unlock)
    Released: Sep 30, 2015 by Chris Johnson
    Metascore: N/A
  • Regency Solitaire [PC] (pay above average to unlock)
    Released: May 18, 2015 by Grey Alien Games
    Metascore: N/A

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Humble Indie Bundle 16

Here’s all of the Humble Indie Bundle 16 games. 1 week left to get it. Personally, one of the least exciting, but Retro City Rampage is fun. 🙂

  • Retro City Rampage DX [PC]
    Released: Nov 11, 2014 by Vblank Entertainment Inc.
    Metascore: N/A
  • Outlast [PC]
    Released: Sep 4, 2013 by Red Barrels
    Metascore: 80
  • Never Alone [PC] +soundtrack
    Released: Nov 18, 2014 by E-Line Media
    Metascore: 72
  • Never Alone: Foxtales [PC]
    Released: Jul 28, 2015 by E-Line Media
    Metascore: N/A
  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power [PC] +soundtrack [pay above average to unlock]
    Released: Aug 20, 2015 by Frozenbyte, Inc.
    Metascore: 68
  • Door Kickers [PC] [pay above average to unlock]
    Released: Oct 20, 2014 by KillHouse Games
    Metascore: 82
  • Else Heart.Break() [PC] +soundtrack [pay $2 above average to unlock]
    Released: Sep 24, 2015 by Erik Svedang
    Metascore: 78
  • Sunless Sea [PC] [pay $2 above average to unlock]
    Released: Jul 1, 2014 by Failbetter Games
    Metascore: 81
  • Duet [PC] +soundtrack [pay above average to unlock]
    Released: Aug 3, 2015 by Kumobius
    Metascore: N/A
  • FORCED [PC] +soundtrack [pay above average to unlock]
    Released: Oct 24, 2013 by BetaDwarf
    Metascore: 72

Humble Indie Bundle 15 (Update)

Update, Oct 6th

Three more games were added to the bundle:

  • Deponia [PC] +soundtrack [pay above average to unlock]
    Released: Aug 6, 2012 by Daedalic Entertainment
    Metascore: 74
  • Chaos on Deponia [PC] +soundtrack [pay above average to unlock]
    Released: Nov 6, 2012 by Daedalic Entertainment
    Metascore: 78
  • Gone Home [PC] +soundtrack [pay above average to unlock]
    Released: Aug 15, 2013 by The Fullbright Company
    Metascore: 86

The complete Deponia trilogy is now included, and a returning champ, Gone Home. One more week left to get it.

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E3 2015 Linky Post

I love following E3! If I had loads of time, I’d watch all the full press conference videos. I’m weird like that. Unfortunately, I don’t have that kinda time, right now, so I watch summary videos.

Whichever you like, I’ll update links to both below as they become available and I find them. Full vids wherever I find them, summary vids from Polygon / The Verge, and Youtube / various. Linky breakdowns mostly at Destructoid, when available.  If you have a better quality vid, let me know and I’ll update it.

Humble Indie Bundle 14 (Update)

Update, April 7th

Three more games were added to the bundle:

  • 140 [PC]
    Released: Oct 16, 2013 by Jeppe Carlsen
    Metascore: 80

  • MirrorMoon EP [PC]
    Released: Sep 4, 2013 by Santa Ragione
    Metascore: 73

  • Contraption Maker [PC]
    Released: Aug 28, 2013 by Spotkin
    Metascore: N/A

One more week left to get it.

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Using a Gamepad on Linux

General tips and resources I’ve come across. I will update this page every now and then. If a section grows large enough, I will make a separate post for it.

Steam Big Picture

Launch games from Steam Big Picture. A controller you thought wasn’t compatible with a game may actually work. When you launch a game using that controller (via BigPicture), Steam will attempt to send an appropriate button mapping of that controller to the game when launching it. This worked, for example, with LIMBO. Of course, the game has to support this and your controller must be known or configured in Big Picture.

XBox One Controller

Support was added in Linux 3.17. I have yet to upgrade my kernel and try it, but I did pick up a controller when they were on sale with that intention. (I don’t have an XBox One, but the controllers are so nice….)

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Humble InDIE Bundle 13 (Update)

Update, November 11th

Three more games and soundtracks were added to the bundle, which is no longer available. I was away and couldn’t update, but for completeness:

  • The Novelist [PC] +soundtrack [pay above average to unlock]
    Released: Dec 10, 2013 by Orthogonal Games
    Metascore: 66

  • Eldritch [PC] +soundtrack [pay above average to unlock]
    Released: Oct 21, 2013 by Minor Key Games
    Metascore: 77

  • Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack [PC] +soundtrack [pay above average to unlock]
    Released: Aug 15, 2012 by DrinkBox Studios
    Metascore: 83

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