The holiday season is upon us, and in its wake, the boys and girls of Gaia are all atwitter with promises of merriment, family fun, and of course, presents. Christians have Christmas, a remembrance of Jesus's birth on that starry night in Nazareth. Jews have Hanukkah, celebrating the re-dedication of the Temple, and the little jar of oil that could. African-Americans have Kwanza (at least those who celebrate it), a tribute to heritage. Meanwhile, we in non-believer camp divide our time between angrily smoking, griping about the commercialization of the season and... actually, to be honest, most of us just celebrate Christmas.
Regardless, what unites them all is the love of family, the spirit of generosity and, of course, the prospect of some gaming frolic. What's more enjoyable than a festive jaunt through the digital realm? It could only be a festive jaunt for the children. Indeed, for those who fancy indie games on their PC, Mac, or Linux system, "The Humble Indie Bundle #4" offers a pay-what-you-want solution that, as an added bonus, benefits charity. From the site:
Seven epic games. We're ready to drop seven new cross-platform, DRM-free games down your digital chimney. Bandage your fingertips and prepare your mind for the challenges of Super Meat Boy, Shank, Jamestown, Bit.Trip Runner, and NightSky. If you pay more than the average price, you'll also get two massive, well-loved indie favorites: Cave Story+ and Gratuitous Space Battles.
For those wondering where your money is actually going, the kids behind Humble Indie Bundle #4 are leaving it up to you. Money can be divided between developers, charity, and "humble tip" (presumably this goes to the site itself), however one likes. The money raised for charity will go to the Child's Play Charity and/or the American Red Cross - interestingly, there doesn't seem to be an option to specify one or the other - and it's worth noting that while the bundle is categorized as "pay-what-you-want," there is a minimum donation of one cent; Cave Story+ and Gratuitous Space are available only to those who pay more than the "average" (it's $5.29, as of 10PM CST), which is listed on the upper-left section of the site. So if no one in their right mind would give you a line of credit, due to your rating still being haunted by that crazy spending binge you went on when I was nineteen, have fun. Payment can be arranged through Paypal, Amazon Payments, or Google Checkout, so grab yourself some bargain-priced goodness at the link!