Minecraft now part of Humble Indie Bundle 3 ... sort of

If you have been looking to try out the hit PC sandbox indie game Minecraft, the team that is running the current version of the Humble Indie Bundle has a new deal for you. People who decide to purchase the latest "pay what you want" group of five great indie games will now be able to get a free version of Minecraft ... sort of. Everyone who buys the Humble Indie Bundle 3 will also be able to play the full version of Minecraft until August 14.

Markus "Notch" Persson, the creator of Minecraft, has been a longtime supporter of the Humble Indie Bundle team's efforts. Indeed he has paid the most for the five games in the Humble Indie Bundle 3 collection. The bundle's web site shows "notch" spending $4,048 on the games. At the time of this news post, the Humble Indie Bundle 3 has already generated over $730,000 in less than three days with over 11 days to go before the deal expires.

Just a reminder: The games that are a part of Humble Indie Bundle 3 include the 2D physics puzzle game Crayon Physics Deluxe, the puzzle title Cogs, the platformer game VVVVVV,  the 2D action game Hammerfight and the physics based platformer And Yet it Moves. Normally buying all five of these games will cost over $50. The games are all DRM free and come in PC, Mac and Linux flavors. As with the previous Humble Indie Bundle events you can also choose to donate money to two charities, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Child's Play.

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Saw this on the IRC stream and got excited until this:

Humble Bonus: everyone who buys the bundle gets to play Minecraft for free until August 14th!

Except that you would still end up winning. Pay what you want to pay for the games, and get access to Minecraft until August 14th. If you're that addicted to Minecraft that you want to play after August 14th, go and pay the small amount that it costs to own the game.

I can't do the research at the moment because I'm at work, but if you wanted to you could technically own all those games for a total of $20. That doesn't sound like a loss to me.

Intrinsica said,
Except that you would still end up winning. Pay what you want to pay for the games, and get access to Minecraft until August 14th. If you're that addicted to Minecraft that you want to play after August 14th, go and pay the small amount that it costs to own the game.

True, though I've already bought this humblebundle & minecraft long ago.

PS: Minecraft is ~21 USD atm after price conversion, which isn't exactly a small amount of money for an indie game.

I've bought all three Humble Bundles but I think this one is my favourite. Cogs is great, as is And Yet it Moves. Crayon Physics Deluxe is a ten-minute time killer that ends up taking your evening, and VVVVVV had me laughing at how retro difficult it is. I've not yet played Hammerfight, but if the experience is anything like the rest I'll be pleased.