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Postal III, Source Engine Still Coming To Linux 90

Posted by Soulskill
from the better-late-than-never dept.
An anonymous reader writes "It appears that the Source Engine Postal III game is coming to Linux as was originally planned and is slated for release in May, according to the Running With Scissors CEO. 'Yes we are still planning a Linux release. We, that is RWS, are waiting for a final beta from our production team in Moscow. Like you and yours, we are anxious and frustrated. ... It looks like May if all goes well. We are hopeful to reach a distribution deal at GDC and [worst] case we go [direct download] and will find another team [for] Linux.'"
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Postal III, Source Engine Still Coming To Linux

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  • by Nyder (754090) on Tuesday February 15, 2011 @03:41AM (#35207492) Journal

    linux don't get good games.

    • Re: (Score:2, Redundant)

      by Warma (1220342)

      Are you seriously implying that the Postal series have been considered good games?

      • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

        by Saint Gerbil (1155665)

        Quite frankly I'd say that the Postal series is actually bad for gaming they are normally quite poor, and create a lot of controversy which the developers nor publishers address.
        Which is just plain bad for the medium.

        • Re:and they say (Score:5, Insightful)

          by Tom (822) on Tuesday February 15, 2011 @04:53AM (#35207684) Homepage Journal

          I disagree quite heavily.

          Postal is the only game series where your quest is to buy some milk, and then you go out and kill everything that moves. Does that kind of remind you of your typical MMO quest, except it's a lot more honest about the "yeah, we only make up a thin excuse of a story so you don't feel like it's mindless killing" part?

          They also made fun of terrorists back when everyone else was afraid of them.

          It's certainly not a masterpiece, but there's a bit more in it than what you make out, and it rightfully has its fans.

      • by elrous0 (869638) *

        Say what you want, but Postal 2 was one of the most hilarious games I've ever played. The shootout involving Gary Coleman capped off what had to be the funniest sidequest in videogame history.

    • by miffo.swe (547642)

      Cant agree more, i love the Postal games. Especially multiplayer was hilarious in Postal 2. I loved the movie even more but sadly it was denied any form of distribution because it wasnt PC.

      • The Postal movie was the best movie adaptation of a video game ever. It was everything a movie based on Postal should have been.
        • by Anonymous Coward
          For a Uwe Boll movie, that thing was a fucking masterpiece.
          • by miffo.swe (547642)

            Uwe Boll has surprised me a lot and made movies that are very good actually. Rampage is a must see if you havent seen it already. With Uwe Boll as both writer and director you probably expect a turkey but its really good. Same with darfur, had to check two times who directed it.

            • Ah, I'd been completely avoiding anything he did after reading negative things about him here. Thanks :)

              • by tehcyder (746570)

                Ah, I'd been completely avoiding anything he did after reading negative things about him here. Thanks :)

                It's a trap!

      • I loved the movie even more but sadly it was denied any form of distribution because it wasnt PC.

        Then why not just distribute a politically incorrect movie on the PC, such as to the kinds of people who rent from Netflix Watch Instantly or buy from iTunes? Plenty of erotic film studios have chosen that route.

      • by elrous0 (869638) *

        Postal was the first Uwe Boll movie that seemed consciously funny. It was actually pretty funny.

        And Postal 2 was hilarious. I don't care if the game was technically great or not, it was funny as hell. I got way more entertainment out of that and Apocalypse Weekend than I ever got out of any award-winning game. Fuck Master Chief, I'll take The Postal Dude any day.

    • We don't know if Postal III is any good yet....
      • Badger in a harness.

        Badger.

        IN A HARNESS! [youtube.com]
      • by DrXym (126579)

        We don't know if Postal III is any good yet....

        Anyone who has suffered through the previous Postal titles would be surprised if it was.

        • by Tim C (15259)

          On the contrary, I for one quite enjoyed Postal 2. Yes it's just an excuse for committing mindless violence, but so what? So is just about every other FPS, MMO, etc when you get right down to it. There's something refreshingly honest about it.

          Besides, just because you can shock people with a taser, set them on fire then piss on them to put them out doesn't mean you have to. You decide how violent you want to be.

          • by DrXym (126579)

            On the contrary, I for one quite enjoyed Postal 2. Yes it's just an excuse for committing mindless violence, but so what? So is just about every other FPS, MMO, etc when you get right down to it. There's something refreshingly honest about it.

            I had no issue with the violence in Postal 2. I like games where enemies are reduced to giblets as much as the next person. But I had plenty of issue with the horrific loading times, the badly designed levels and the mindless repetitiveness of it. I still recall the nausea I felt after playing, wandering around maze after maze of boxy levels. I just thought it was a bad game.

            • I won't comment on the level design other than saying I thought it was fine for the time, but they did release an update pretty soon after retail that reduced the loading times by a lot.

    • by Nimey (114278)

      Don't know about you, but I was unimpressed with Postal II. Completely aside from the gratuitous violence, it just wasn't a very good game.

    • by Fri13 (963421)

      Give me funny, innovative and good games like Magicka with price 10-20 euros for Linux and it as gameplatform would rise like a phoenix (Magicka).
      Even if now posting a Source engine to Linux and Valve would give all its own games for Linux, Windows would suffer a lot, while Mac and Linux would start gaining even more popularity in homes.

      • by Desler (1608317)

        Even if now posting a Source engine to Linux and Valve would give all its own games for Linux, Windows would suffer a lot,

        Why would windows suffer? The source engine doesn't cover the other 99.999% of games that still don't run natively in Windows.

  • I love you running with scissors!!!111omgponies!!!!!

  • by Tom (822) on Tuesday February 15, 2011 @03:53AM (#35207540) Homepage Journal

    Didn't even know it was coming. Very cool.

    Looking forward to a game that makes no stupid excuses. Let's shoot some innocents in the head. It's a game, after all.

  • It's ok "Running With Scissors CEO". We will be too busy playing Duke Nukem Forever anyway.. wouldn't we?

  • by LingNoi (1066278) on Tuesday February 15, 2011 @04:36AM (#35207642)

    This is coming from the same site that said Steam was coming to linux too. Don't get too hyped up just yet..

    • Nuff said. I swear, someone needs to filter out these moronix stories. It feels like they get their stories from a nine year old telling rumors to the geek table at the lunch room. "Hey man, it's official, microsoft is porting halo to linux!!! ZOMG!!! I heard from a bobby who told johnny who told jamal! It must be true!"
    • by vadim_t (324782)

      Why would I want Steam on Linux? Hell will freeze over before I'll install that.

      What I do want is a proper package repository.

      • by DrXym (126579)

        Why would I want Steam on Linux? Hell will freeze over before I'll install that.

        To play commercial games on Linux? Steam already works through WINE but the game support is pretty ropey - some games work others won't even start.

        I'm surprised that Codeweavers or Transgaming hasn't approached Valve to produce a a free but supported version of Steam for Linux with games running under emulation. They'd get a % cut of the sales for supporting the product. Transgaming's Cider is the tech that most OS X game ports use anyway.

        • by vadim_t (324782)

          To play commercial games on Linux? Steam already works through WINE but the game support is pretty ropey - some games work others won't even start.

          Steam isn't a virtual machine. To have games on Linux they need to be ported to it, and for that Steam is entirely unnecessary.

          Steam is a distribution platform and DRM. For distribution it's not needed because there are package managers. For the DRM part, I simply refuse to accept it, and won't buy any game that uses it.

          I'll happily buy games on Linux, so long th

          • by DrXym (126579)

            Steam isn't a virtual machine. To have games on Linux they need to be ported to it, and for that Steam is entirely unnecessary.

            I never said Steam was a virtual machine. I said it works through WINE and when you launch a game that also works through WINE. i.e. you can install WINE, install Steam for Windows and run both Steam & downloaded games on Linux. The Steam client works pretty well, unfortunately games are hit and miss - some games work, some don't.

            And no, games don't have to be ported to Linux and its unlikely that many ever would be. Not even OS X gets as many ports as people think - most of them are recompiled Win32

            • by vadim_t (324782)

              Wine is very unreliable and not officially supported. I might give it a try for a free game, but I'm not paying one cent for that end-user experience.

              And no, games don't have to be ported to Linux and its unlikely that many ever would be. Not even OS X gets as many ports as people think - most of them are recompiled Win32 apps linked against Cider which is Transgaming's equivalent to winelib for OS X.

              That's different in that it constitutes official support, even if done in a half-assed way. If it breaks you

  • by Anonymous Coward

    ...not something you want to hear from people who think up games like Postal.

  • ...is that Uwe Boll is actually going to be in it via the magic of motion capture. If you get to shoot him then I think a large number of critics may buy the game just for that.

    Mind you it apparently also has Ron Jeremy, a Playboy bunny and the original cowboy from the Village People, which is an interesting combo.

  • After the Epic scam, any news of anyone releasing any game for Linux is to be taken with a grain* of salt.

    * grain the size of the Moon.

    • by kalirion (728907)

      I've only played the first Postal game, which I won in some internet contest. Hated it, traded it away for The 7th Guest.

      And yet, I will say that it is extremely cynical to judge any developer/publisher by something that the soulless entity that is Epic did.

  • The day it comes out I am gonna rent a a complete fanfare to accompany me to the store where I will buy the game :D
  • Portal (Score:3, Funny)

    by fahlesr1 (1910982) on Tuesday February 15, 2011 @10:18AM (#35209768)

    I read the story title and thought it said "Portal III, Source Engine Still Coming to Linux". I was so full of happiness and joy! A triple hit! Another Portal game, Source and Linux IN THE SAME STORY. Perhaps, once Portal was on Linux valve would port Counterstrike Source and I could forever abandon Windows! I saw a vision of a broken window, and through it poured fresh, pine scented air and butterflies and hypo-allergenic puppies. It was the happiest moment of my life.

    Then I read the title again and I cried.

    • by Desler (1608317)

      You should have known something was fishy just by the fact that it's a Phoronix link. Michael Larabel has been beating the "Steam for Linux coming soon!!!" drum for going on 3 years now.

    • by santax (1541065)
      *make a hole in the wall and step through it* vs *kill a fanfare and gary coleman* And yet he choses Portal... *sigh*. "Those who give up Postal for Portal deserve neither" - Santax.
  • This fits perfectly with my plans to dump Sony. That is, no new console from Sony, ever. I am tired of being frustrated and humiliated by Sony, and I am out hundreds of dollars of repair bills for their defective products.

    Mind you, my replacement for Sony will not be Microsoft (way too evil) or Nintendo (way too cutesy). It will be a Linux game box, and as far as I am concerned, any game that does not run on Linux from then on does not exist. It's not like I have time to play all the games I have now anyway

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