We've seen our share of Humble Indie Bundles over the past year or two—independent developers who gather under the "Humble" brand and release a bunch of their games priced at whatever people want to pay.

The latest one, Humble Bundle #4, might be the best one yet—for any price you want, you can get Super Meat Boy, Bit. Trip Runner, Jamestown, Shank and Nightsky. Pay more than the average price (currently tracking at $4.61 on the Humble Bundle site), you get Cave Story + and Gratuitous Space Battles as well.

There's no shortage of gaming to be done this December, but these are all great games, for a great price. And not only will you be supporting indie devs, you'll have the option to give money to either the American Red Cross or Child's Play.

Check out their (endearingly cheesy and reference-laden) trailer above. It's funny, I was quoting that bit from The Rock all last weekend for some reason.

Humble Indie Bundle #4 [Humblebundle.com]

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (John Walker)

He approves. Of meat.

Details of the next Humble Indie Bundle have once more leaked, because Steam’s Content Description Record Viewer Thingamie is so ludicrously easy for people to spy. And it looks like it’s going to be a bit of a corker, as spotted by DIY Gamer. In the pay-what-you-want collection it seems there will be Super Meat Boy, BIT.TRIP.RUNNER, Jamestown, Nightsky and Shank. That’s the first wave, and then there’s even better to get added in.


Product Update - Valve
* Fixed a crash that could occur when plugging in certain controllers while the game was running. (e.g. XBOX 360 controllers)
* Fixed unexpected cursor behavior when alt-tabbing out of Jamestown.
* Jamestown window icon now appears correctly when the game is running in windowed mode
* Fixed a bug where certain weapon sounds would play at high volume when returning from the continue screen
* Trains in New Madrid (and challenge levels) award the correct number of points again
* Selecting ‘START OVER’ from the pause menu or game over screens will now restart you at the correct level in the same game mode you were playing previously
* Fixed inaccurate descriptions of challenge levels and their unlock conditions in the shoppe
* Players now resume firing correctly when returning from the continue screen (e.g. no need to re-press fire button)
* Ghost ship sounds now pan correctly
* Soundtrack cover image added

Product Update - Valve
Updates to Jamestown have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:

- Fixed a bug where the game was crashing at the beginning of levels for players with certain audio configurations
- Fixed a bug where some users weren’t hearing any music at all
- Fixed a bug where trying to play the game caused some users to hear dark whispers from beyond space and time never meant for mortal ears
- Fixed a crash bug that cropped up sometimes when defeating the Lady of the Lake
- Treason and Ghost DLC ships can now properly target and kill Jack-In-A-Box enemies in New Madrid
- Added a ‘Try Again’ button to Gauntlet Mode for quickly getting back into the action.
- Fixed bug where gauntlet moon extends were not being given
- Blocks in Croatoa are now much less likely to crush you erroneously
- Fixed small timing issues on some sounds
- XBOX 360 triggers now correctly bind again
- Keyboard bindings now persist between rounds again
- Attempted fix for users needing to set CPU affinity to 1
- Restored OpenGL 1.5 provisional support
- Fixed audio skip in one of the tracks on the soundtrack
Product Release - Valve
The Jamestown DLC: Gunpowder, Treason, & Plot is Now Available on Steam and is 33% off until November 17th 10AM PST.

Jamestown: Gunpowder, Treason, & Plot introduces three new ships & their pilots (including Guy Fawkes himself!), each of which brings exciting new gameplay to the award-winning co-op shoot-em-up, Jamestown: Legend Of The Lost Colony.

The Jamestown Deluxe edition (includes the Game, DLC and Soundtrack) is also available for 33% off.


They grew corn and tobacco in colonial Jamestown on Mars back in the 1600s. Sir Walter Raleigh took up arms, via a spaceship, to fight the Spanish-Martian alliance.

I don't think any of this is true, but this was history as described to me by Tim Ambrogi, one of the developers of the four-player shoot-em-up called Jamestown that chronicles these events.

If you want to check the authenticity of the game, to see if it matches with history as you know it, check out the $10 game, which is out now on Steam. It actually came out during E3 in June, which is how I missed our own item about it finally launching. Maybe I should read more of the stories we run on Kotaku from our own Luke Plunkett who has heretofore monopolized coverage of this game around here. Not any more, Luke!

Jamestown was one of the PAX 10, a batch of stellar indie games showcased at this past weekend's Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle.

You can contact Stephen Totilo, the author of this post, at stephentotilo@kotaku.com. You can also find him on Twitter, Facebook, and lurking around our #tips page.
Announcement - Valve
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Jun 27, 2011
Product Update - Valve
  • Triggers on 360 controllers can now be bound as buttons
  • Triggers are no longer 'sticky' for certain controllers
  • Implemented gauntlet extends
  • Implemented provisional support for some OpenGL 1.5 video cards
  • Fixed a crash on machines with alternative "My Documents" directory paths
  • Fix crash when paging through leaderboards
  • Fixed a rare crash bug in Dark Sector
  • Fixed a bug where directional keyboard bindings were not persisting between rounds
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Quintin Smith)

I was cheering excitedly about beautiful indie shmup Jamestown last week, and the title’s tagline of “Mars is waiting! Bring your friends!” must be the finest piece of video game marketing of the last ten years.

But a philosopher once said that a video speaks a thousand words, so here’s games commenter Total Biscuit talking you through the game in an even more agitable manner than usual. I’m serious- if you watch up to him reaching the first boss you will hear the actual sound of a man having a nervous breakdown.

Jun 13, 2011
Product Update - Valve
  • Fixed a common crash when killing turrets while going to Game Over screen
  • Fixed Centurion Card achievement
  • Mouse no longer moves very slowly for mice with high polling rates
  • Difficulty curve smoothed out slightly
  • High score entries now record missing metadata about play sessions
  • Updated credits
  • Fixed rare bug where players died on respawn in Croatoa

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