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Play Indie Games in Firefox with the new Humble Mozilla Bundle

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Mozilla announced today that they are teaming up with Humble Bundle to bring some Indie game favorites–Including Subset Games’ FTL: Faster Than Light–directly to Firefox without the need for downloading or installing the games or any plugins on your computer.

As per standard Humble Bundle practice, the first five games (Super Hexagon, AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! for the Awesome, Osmos, Zen Bound 2, and Dustforce DX) can cost you whatever you want. The next two (Voxatron and FTL: Faster Than Light) can be had if you beat the average price ($4.31 at the time of writing this) for the bundle. You can pay $8 or more to receive all of the above, plus the last game, Democracy 3.

Previously, all of these indie games were available only on PC or mobile. Now they all work in browsers on Windows, Mac, and Linux without having to install any plugins. Mozilla states that they “all make use of Mozilla-pioneered asm.js and the other powerful technologies that make plugin-free gaming possible on the Web, allowing users to jump right into the action from just clicking a link”. There’s also cloud syncing so you can save your game and continue playing from any computer.

One great thing about Humble Bundle is their business model: By packaging them in bundles and having users pay whatever amount they think it is worth, games are much more accessible to users. Users can also specify how much of that payment goes to the game developer or to a nonprofit organization. The Humble Mozilla Bundle supports the Mozilla Foundation, CodeNow, and the Maker Education Initiative. So far, Humble Bundle and its users have contributed more than $47 million to more than 30 different charities and nonprofit organizations.

What’s even cooler is that Mozilla worked with Lexaloffe Games to make the default Firefox home page a playable version of Voxatron, so you can try before you buy:

As with most Humble Bundle offers, they won’t last long. This one will be around for two weeks, or until October 28 (at 11:00 a.m. Pacific). Click here to get it before it’s gone.

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