New Humble Bundle celebrates women in games

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Female protagonists whose brains aren’t emphasised over their physical attributes are less common in gaming than sense in politics, but, like the occasional glimmer of intelligence from our elected officials, they’re there.

To celebrate the learned ladies of gaming, the fine folks at the Humble Bundle web store have put together a new bundle of seven games, all starring lady leads.

The four games on the lowest tier – which can be bought for as little as a single American dollar – include point and click adventure Lilly Looking Through, side-scrolling actioneer Ms Splosion Man, depressing adventure The Cat Lady and tower defence game Defender’s Quest: Valley of the Forgotten.

For $6 (around R63), you can also get RPG adventure Long Live the Queen and the rather unique choose-your-own-adventure game The Yawg.

For contributing $10 or more you’ll unlock the seventh game, Valdis Story: Abyssal City, a side-scrolling cartoony brawler.

Once purchased, you’ll receive Steam keys for each game which can be redeemed at your leisure.

The proceeds of each sale can, as always on the Humble Bundle Store, be split between various parties including the games’ developers and the Humble Store itself. This time around, the third recipient of your generosity is Girls Make Games, an organisation that provides “a series of international summer camps, workshops and game jams designed to encourage girls to explore the world of video games”.

Should you decide to take the plunge – and you totally should – you’ll be contributing to a worthy cause no matter how your donation is split.

Deon du Plessis

Deon du Plessis

Deon got his first taste of PC gaming at the tender age of 11 when his father bought an 8088 XT, ostensibly to "help him with his homework". Instead, it introduced him to Leisure Suit Larry, King Graham, Sonny Bonds and many more, and Deon has been a PC gamer and hardware enthusiast ever since. He landed his first professional writing gig in 2006 at a prestigious local PC magazine, a very happy happenstance as he got to write for a living about things he loves - tech, PCs, gaming, and everything in between. He's been writing about it all ever since, and loves every minute of it.