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Pay what you want for Battlefield 3, other top EA games

Electronic Arts raises more than $2 million after creating a bundle that lets people buy some excellent computer games for whatever amount they wish to donate to select charities.

Gaming for the sake of charity.
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Gamers have a big opportunity through August 28. The Humble Origin Bundle lets you grab up to eight top-tier Electronic Arts games -- including Dead Space, Crysis 2 Maximum Edition, Mirror's Edge, Dead Space 3, Medal of Honor, Battlefield 3, Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box, and The Sims 3 Starter Pack -- at whatever price you want (starting at $1). A great bonus? All proceeds go to charity.

One fact worth noting: To access popular games such as Battlefield 3 and The Sims 3, donors will need to contribute at least $4.65, which is a moving average of all contributions (that number may change as donations fluctuate). Regardless, that's a heck of a deal for either game, and especially the bundle itself, which would cost about $215 if purchased altogether.

Gamers who aren't keen on using EA's Origin digital download service can also get access to several of the titles on Steam. With the exception of the Mac version of The Sims 3, all of the games are for PC only.

At the time of this writing, more than 440,000 people bought into the bundle, raising more than $2 million in the process. Gamers can slice up their contribution and give it to the Human Rights Campaign, Watsi, American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, and San Francisco AIDS Foundation.