I think that everyone agrees that charity is a positive aspect of society. People donate their own hard earned cash to try to help others or fund research on whatever the charity represents. Usually, we are okay with not being rewarded for our donations. I mean, charity is supposed to be a selfless act after all, right? There is a method, however, for PC gamers to donate to a cause and get video games rewarded to them based on their donation. I am talking about Humble Bundle.


Most PC gamers have heard about the Humble Bundle cause to give gamers video games for cheap as long as they donate whatever they can. The charities that are often included are Child's Play, American Red Cross, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Trust me, your money isn't going anywhere unreliable based on those three charities. Anyway, Humble Bundle offers a collection of download-able items every so-often. It is usually video games, but there have also been eBook and music bundles as well. The contributor donating gets to choose their own price, and they get everything listed. Also, if you beat the average donation listed (usually around $4-$8), you receive the bonus item(s) shown. Paying more than the average is often worth it; it's going to charity anyway.

If for some reason you don't want to donate to the charity, you can still give all of your money, no matter how much, to the developers. You see, there is a slider menu on Humble Bundle before you checkout that splits your donation into however you see fit. If you want all your money to go to charity, you can do that. If you want all your money to go to the developer of one of the games, you can do that too. I usually give 70% to charity, 20% to the Humble Bundle, and 10% to the developers. I think that us fair since I am there to support the charity.

Keep in mind, none of these bundles are going to break the bank. I usually end up giving around $10 just because it's charity, and I would rather not pay the bare minimum. Plus, there are usually 7+ items offered.


Once you donate, you receive a link via email that contains download links for all of the games listed in the specific bundle that you purchased. These are often DRM free, and they normally don't require Steam to run. Of course, the Steam codes are offered if that is the route you want to take. I always register my games through Steam. Always check the main page for warnings, because some specific bundles require Windows, Steam, or are not DRM free.

While most people are attracted to the generous Humble Indie Bundles, Humble Bundle offers bundles for Android and even developer specific bundles. Don't worry about the Android bundles; you can download and play the games on a Windows/Mac/Linux PC too. The games are always really good collections. The first Humble Bundle I got (Indie Bundle V) included: Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Limbo, Psychonauts, Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, Bastion, Braid, Super Meat Boy, and Lone Survivor. Plus, I received the soundtracks for each game respectively. The games listed will always appear on the main Humble Bundle page if there is a collection offered at that time.

The Humble THQ Bundle

Right now, as I type, there is a Humble Bundle waiting to gift you with games for your generous contributions to help save lives. This time around it is a developer specific bundle. The developer is THQ of course. The games included are Darksiders, Metro 2033, Red Faction: Armageddon, Company of Heroes, Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts, and Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor. Pay more than the average for Saints Row: The Third! This bundle specifically requires Windows and Steam to run the games. Check out the video below for more information about this bundle and how to donate.