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Machinarium dev team reveal three upcoming projects

Machinarium became one of the most acclaimed indie games of all time but since the odd but cool adventure game was released in 2009 there hasn't been much news about what the development team at Amanita Design has been working on next. That changed today as PC Gamer revealed not one but three upcoming projects from the team.

The first, due out for free in just a couple of weeks, is called Osada and is described as less of a game and more of an interactive music video with "'Czech psychedelic country music". The second project, shown above, is a true adventure game called Botanicula, where five "critters" are out to save a seed from parasites. That game is due out by the end of 2011.

Finally there's an announcement that will make indie gamers swoon. It's the official reveal of Samorost 3, the third game in the odd series that started Amanita Design's rise in the indie game ranks. It's still early in development but the article states it will be "much longer, much more intricate, and much, much, much more polished than any of the already plenty-shiny Flash instalments we've seen so far."

Steam breaks out all new one-day PC sales for Monday

After Sunday's repeats of one-day PC game sale on Steam, Monday brings an all new batch of price cuts of games that will last on the PC game download service until 1 pm Eastern time on Tuesday. Today's batch of games until the price cutting blade include:

Serious Sam HD Gold Edition - $3.99
HAWX 2 - $33.49
Cities XL 2011 --$19.99
Neverwinter Nights 2 Platinum - $9.99
Street Fighter IV - $14.99
Victoria series - Save 50 percent off all games in series
Lost Planet 2 -$19.99 or $15.99 if you own Lost Planet
Killing Floor Complete Pack - $6.99
EVE Online - $4.99
Machinarium - $2.99
Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic - $2.49
Mirror's Edge - $4.99

Humble Indie Bundle 2 generates over $1.8 million in revenues [Update]

The second incarnation of the Humble Indie Bundle is now over and, thanks in part to the organizers extending the deadline by five days, the latest "pay what you want" indie game bundle brought in $1,815,934.53 in revenues for the five indie games (Braid, Machinarium, Osmos, Cortex Command and Revenge of the Titans) plus two charities (Electronic Frontier Foundation and Child's Play). The six games from the first Humble Indie Bundle were added later in the week if people donated more than the average per-person amount.

More detailed financial stats will be revealed later but the average per donation was $7.80 with Windows users averaging $6.63, Mac users averaging $9.25 and Linux users donating an average of $13.75. The largest single donation was made by an anonymous bidder who gave $5,555.

Update: There's been some updates to the site since we posted. The final revenue number is now $1,822,482.80. Plus a person calling himself "Nexus Scorpion" is the new number one contributor with $6,132.96.

Humble Indie Bundle 2 now includes games from original bundle

The team at the Humble Indie Bundle have been generating a lot of money already with the second batch of games with its 'pay what you want" business model. But now the team has upped the anty. The Humble Indie Bundle 2 now includes all of the games from the first Humble Indie Bundle.

Yes, you can get all of the bundle's current games (Braid, Machinarium, Osmos, Cortex Command and Revenge of the Titans) plus all of the game's in the original bundle (World of Goo, Gish, Aquaria, Penumbra Overture, and Lugaru HD plus the freebie Samorset 2). People who have bought Bundle 2 can download the Bundle 1 games now. People who have yet to purchase Bundle 2 can get the Bundle 1 games if they pay more than the current average which is currently $7.35. Paying $7.35 to get a whopping 10 great indie games (plus one freebie) is still a massive bargain.

Humble Indie Bundle 2 end date extended to Christmas Day

The Humble Indie Bundle 2 has now generated over $1 million in revenue since the "pay what you want" indie PC game downlad event launched about six days ago. It was supposed to end on Tuesday but now it looks like the second Humble Indie Bundle 2 is getting an extension.

According to the bundle's Twitter page the date has been moved back a few days as its organizers "work on adding some new features." According to the Humblebundle.com page it is now scheduled to end on Christmas Day around 6 pm Eastern time. That means you still have time to donate a few bucks (or over $3,000 like one person did) to get five indie games (Braid, Machinarium, Osmos, Cortex Command and Revenge of the Titans) plus donate to two charities (Electronic Frontier Foundation and Child's Play).

Humble Indie Bundle 2 reaches $1 milllion mark; games can be redeemed on Steam

The second round of the Humble Indie Bundle has continued to generate an incredible amount of revenues for a "pay what you want" model. On Saturday evening the revenues breached the $1 million mark as gamers continue to donate what they can for five indie games along with two charities and the Humble Bundle organizers themselves.

Another new development is that the games can now be redeemed by Humble Indie Bundle owners via two download services: Steam and the newer service Desura. Two of the games have yet to show up on Steam (Cortex Command and Revenge of the Titans) but they will be made available to Humble Indie Bundle buyers when they launch on Steam. There are still two more days for the Humble Indie Bundle; it's scheduled to end on Tuesday, December 21 at 4 pm Eastern time.

Humble Indie Bundle 2 nets $500,000 in first 24 hours

It's been just one day since the launch of the "pay what you want" return of the Humble Indie Bundle but so far it looks like this second effort to highlight indie games will be an even bigger success than the first such effort. According to the web site the revenues from Humble Indie Bundle 2 have generated just over $500,000 in just the first 24 hours. Nearly 70,000 purchases have been made to get five indie games (Braid, Machinarium, Osmos, Cortex Command and Revenge of the Titans) with an average of just over $7 per purchase (together, the games normally sell for about $85). It's currently unknown how much money has been given to each game. It's also unknown how much was contributed to the two charities (Electronic Frontier Foundation and Child's Play) or to a tip for the Humble Bundle organizers.

Some people have spent well over that average to get these games. One of them is Markus "Notch" Persson, the creator of the indie hit Minecraft. According to the site he's currently the person who has spent the most with a massive $2,000 contribution. The bundle deal still has a lot of life left in it; it's currently scheduled to shut down on December 21.

Humble Indie Bundle 2 lets folks pay what they want for five indie games

Last year the team at indie game developer Wolfire launched the Humble Indie Bundle which let people pay what they wanted for five indie games. The bundle generated over $1.2 million over the length of the deal. Now the same team is doing it again with the Humble Indie Bundle 2.

Five more indie games are a part of this new deal: Braid, Machinarium, Osmos, and two games that technically are still in beta versions: Cortex Command and Revenge of the Titans. All five games are DRM-free and come in Windows, Mac and Linux flavors. You can choose to spend any amount of money you want to get all five games and like the last bundle you can also choose to donate a portion of your money to the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Child's Play. This year there's also an extra option to tip the Humble Bundle folks. According to the Wolfire web site, "We have some humble ideas on how to change digital distribution that we're going to try out." The Humble Indie Bundle 2 lasts until December 21 at 4 pm Eastern time. You can check out the launch trailer for the bundle after the jump:

Super Meat Boy's latest PC exclusive character officially revealed

For a game where the object is to control a living sentient piece of raw meat, Super Meat Boy has been generating a ton of praise from both gamers and fans. The platform action game from the two man team of Team Meat (Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes) has been among the best reviewed games of 2010 since it was released on the Xbox 360 console's Xbox Live Arcade service on October 20.

But PC owners will be the ones that may be getting the definitive edition of Super Meat Boy. The PC port is currently due out at the end of November (via both Steam and Direct2Drive) and the game will be getting some extras that the Xbox 360 port won't have. That includes six exclusive playable characters that are based on great indie PC games. Team Meat has already revealed two of the characters ("Mr Minecraft" inspired by the best selling sandbox game Minecraft and Captain Viridian from another unique platform action game VVVVVV). Today Big Download has the exclusive official reveal of the third PC character in Super Meat Boy and its the one that's in silhouette with the question mark above this post. Can you guess who it is? You can check out the reveal ...(Seacrest's voice) after the jump:

New indie game bundle deal offers either six or 12 games at low price

Yep, it's yet another PC game sales news post (hey, they are time sensitive). This time we want to alert you to a new indie games bundle deal from developer Lazy 8 Studios. The deal will either net you six or 12 acclaimed indie PC game titles for one low price. You can actually take your pick of two bundles that are each priced at $19.99 each, which is a savings of at least 70 percent off.

One bundle has the titles AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!!A Reckless Disregard for Gravity, BrainPipe, Cogs , Captain Forever, Saira and Space Giraffe. The other bundle contains And Yet It Moves, Auditorium, Osmos, Aztaka, Eufloria, and Machinarium. If you can't decide you can get both bundles and save even more money overall. The mega bundle prices all 12 games together for $29.99. The bundle sale ends on September 22.
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