Really bad move from Amanita. Way to screw your reputation guys, not to mention paying customers...
I didn't pre-order, but thought about getting it full price once the first feedbacks/reviews where available. I wouldn't mind seeing a price-drop or even a bundle in a month or so, but on release date excluding those who pre-ordered?
For those who think this is about the amount of money someone put down - think again. It's not about the money. It's about taking advantage of every store that was willing to carry and promote their game for them as well as all paying customers who pre-ordered, then giving them the middle finger on release date.
That's NOT how you run a business.
While I completely disagree with the opening posters wording, I also had two suggestions for the GOG.com team put down on their forum:
1. Ask Amanita why they even went that road, putting Machinarium (which was on sale several times) and Botanicula (sale on release + full soundtrack) on GOG.com.
2. In case of a unsatisfactory answer - tell them to get lost and drop them. Fast.
I'm fully aware, that apparently the 3 songs demo will be upgraded to the complete soundtrack + art book and what not for the GOG.com version. However, this is damage control, nothing else - which is pretty much prove enough, who screwed up.
Yes, I just bought the HumbleBundle with all money going to charity. Nada for devs and no humble tip. I will however support GOG.com with my money this weekend - I may be in the minority, but I DO vote with my money Amanita.
Also, the idea that Amanita are being "COMPLETE DICKHEADS to GOG" is ridiculous.
They are allowing gog.com to distribute their games, which is beneficial for both gog.com and Amanita. Also, gog.com most likely also knew that Botanicula would be in the Humble Bundle and obviously have no problems with it (check out the 2nd top contributor for the bundle. Hint- it's gog.com with $300).
The GOG team had no idea about this stunt. Check for yourself here: http://www.gog.com/en/forum/general/release_botanicula/post8
How is it beneficial for GOG.com to distribute Amanita's games, they way it was handled here? Not at all. Which is the disturbing thing about it.
Machinarium is up for $9.99 which was on countless sales before, with Humble Bundle #2 and #3 among them. About everybody or at least 98% who wanted it, already have it. Not much happening here at all, but nice to have it covered.
Now Botanicula is also up for $9.99, but everybody who wants it can get it for a lot less. Taking Steam as a "do want" in account, it's 50% for three games compared with only the newest game for $9.99 - yes, that is absolutely and without a doubt RIDICULOUS to even think GOG.com will sell a lot of those.....
Anybody can come up with a HumbleBundle username like "Notch", "gog.com" or "Marilyn Monroe". This certainly isn't any prove at all.