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Humble Bundle for Türkiye-Syria Earthquake Relief Efforts

There was a devastating series of earthquakes affecting Türkiye and Syria early in February and the Humble Bundle folks have a bundle of games and more up for the next few days that donates all of the proceeds to three relief groups. Highly recommended. Get it here.

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Stand With Ukraine Bundle

The Bundle for Ukraine ended yesterday with over six million dollars split between two charities for the people of Ukraine. Humble Bundle now has a similar bundle called Stand With Ukraine going on with a $40 minimum for 123 different items like the recently released co-op Back 4 Blood and Satisfactory.

The Humble Stand with Ukraine bundle has already raised over three million dollars for four charities benefitting the Ukrainian people and it ends in about 6 days.  Check it out at this link.

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Humble Bundle Bought by IGN

Humble Bundle was bought out by IGN last week.

The increasing reliance of writers on affiliate marketing deals is extremely bad. Most larger sites have some kind of wall between their editorial department and any advertising or affiliate linking, but it still looks wrong. I’ve done the same kind of linking myself, but never kept up with the process to where we are today when many sites have a daily or weekly roundup of deals that are almost entirely affiliate links.

Humble has had their own affiliate program for some time now, and this may end being a pretty big deal for games that have distribution in their Humble Store (outside of bundling) and even bigger for games that they’re publishing.

There were other options for how this was presented. IGN is really one part of a larger company called Ziff Davis that has been bought and sold so many times. The announcements could have said that Ziff was buying Humble, but the people making these decisions must have thought that IGN was going to look the best, or the actual organizational structure will have IGN on top.

I wouldn’t be upset with anyone writing at IGN for this, and it depends on what changes a result, but whatever changes happen to IGN and the Humble Bundle probably won’t look good either way.

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Get Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones for Free

Stealth Inc 2

The Windows-only Stealth Inc 2 is available temporarily for free from the Humble Store.

In Stealth Inc 2, you play the role of a clone escaping a sinister and high-tech testing facility. Stealth Inc 2 tests both your brain and your reflexes over 60 varied levels linked together in a sprawling overworld.

Death is never more than a few moments away, but one of the few advantages of being a clone is that death isn’t all that permanent. With no loading screens and no lives to worry about, players are encouraged to use their inevitable demise as a learning tool as they navigate lasers, homicidal robots and terrifying bosses in the ultimate hostile work environment

You’ll get a DRM-free copy of the game via the Humble Store and a Steam key all for the price of nothing until the 31st of August.