Enormous bundles of video games on the itch.io retailer are continuously used as a way of elevating cash for charitable causes. Sometimes, they allow you to set your individual worth (above a particularly affordable minimal), and the proceeds go to varied charities and organizations. The brand new Queer Video games Bundle is a bit of totally different. Every buy prices $60, and the cash goes on to the LGBTQ builders who made the greater than 500 video games which might be included. As of this writing, the bundle has revamped $17,000. Whether or not you’re concerned about visible novels, a card recreation about mech pilots, and even need to learn a information on how you can make your individual online game, this bundle’s obtained all of it.
In response to the itch.io web page, the proceeds will go to all the builders who contributed to the bundle. Therefore the AAA price ticket, although once more, for the value of 1 full-price AAA recreation, you’re getting a whopping 500 handcrafted works right here. The organizers hope that the proceeds will “nurture our numerous queer arts group, [and] fund the creation of the subsequent nice recreation you like.” The bundle additionally affords a sliding scale choice that begins at $10 for many who can’t afford to pay $60. The proceeds might be evenly break up between all builders who opted-in to obtain a portion of the gross sales, no matter what number of video games they contributed.
It’s clear that initiatives like this will have an effect in cultivating the event of queer and impartial video games. BáiYù was the lead developer for the micro visible novel Weltschmerz and a programmer on the psychological horror recreation Up All Night time, each of that are included within the bundle. He informed Kotaku that it was the gross sales from final yr’s Queer Video games Bundle that supported him by means of the event of Weltschmerz. And thus far, this bundle’s gross sales are outpacing the earlier yr’s:
Kaiju Noir, one other recreation included within the bundle, is a “pulp fiction” visible novel about big monster detectives. The developer Kaiju submitted the sport demo to final yr’s assortment after discovering out about it by means of Discord. They informed Kotaku that it felt “proper” to incorporate the complete recreation within the Queer Video games Bundle this yr. Each BáiYù and Kaiju came upon concerning the bundle by means of word-of-mouth, and so they plan to make use of their platforms to develop the challenge.
You should buy the bundle till July 5.