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Postal, the Legendarily Violent Video Game by Running With Scissors, Is Now Open Source (ndtv.com) 66

An anonymous reader writes: Video game developer Running With Scissors has announced that it is open sourcing the original version of its most popular title-Postal, which was released back in 1997. Even though violence in video games has been a topic of debate for over decades now, Postal has been one of the most criticised games out of the lot. Running With Scissors has published the code for the game on Bitbucket under the GPL2 license and further said that it is entrusting the fans with the fate of its game. "Anyone with the time and skills can now tweak/change/update/modify anything in the game at all!" the company was quoted as saying in the report. Postal is popularly known for being termed "digital poison" by US Senator Joe Lieberman but developed an audience for itself over the years. Earlier this year, a high-definition remaster of the game called Postal Redux was released on Steam as well as PS4.
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Postal, the Legendarily Violent Video Game by Running With Scissors, Is Now Open Source

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  • Soldier of Fortune was another video game that came out at about the same time. It's claim to fame was being able to shoot off body parts. Don't recall if this was the game where the AI hops around on one leg if you shot the other leg off.
  • Jack Thompson and Joe Lieberman are mere amateur demagogues next to today's SJW's.

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by pseudofrog ( 570061 )
      I thought we could make it to at least 3 posts before someone started whining about "SJW's"
      • Re: (Score:1, Troll)

        by elrous0 ( 869638 )

        If SJW's don't like people whining about them, maybe they should stop doing stuff like trying to censor videogames and bullying companies who make games that they don't like. Just a thought.

        • If SJW's don't like people whining about them, maybe they should stop doing stuff like trying to censor videogames

          If you think videogames are being censored, then you haven't been playing video games.

          • There are being heavily censored, not necessarily because of regulation; sometimes because the developer is afraid of the backlash from social media.

            Consider FFXV, one of the latest AAA games, coming from Japan, a country that generally doesn't mind having violence and sex in their games.

            They cut all the cutscenes of the main female character, to the point where players are asking what her role in the story and what her motivation even was. The reason they did that is because of complaints there was on twit

            • by Threni ( 635302 )

              "players are asking what her role in the story and what her motivation even was."

              This ruined Pacman for me. I've been playing games for 35 years and I just don't get how games like Pacman and Donkey Kong, Tetris, Tekken etc got so popular. They have superficial unrealistic back stories and it's hard to take seriously the premise for the game. Don't developers know how important these aspects of game design are?

            • Which female character are you talking about?
      • If we don't at least acknowledge there's a problem then we can't even begin to solve the problem.

    • by Revek ( 133289 )

      Social Justice Whiners are impotent. What are they going to do really? Blow you up on facebook. That sounds like free advertising. They are like a less effective anonymous. They can't even take the website down for five minutes.

    • by PopeRatzo ( 965947 ) on Friday December 30, 2016 @06:50PM (#53581663) Journal

      A game that would be hard to make today

      You must never have played any of the Hotline:Miami games.

      The idea that "SJWs" have taken all the fun out of games by forbidding violence is the stupidest thing I've ever heard. There are plenty of games where you can disembowel your fellow man if that's your thing. I'm currently playing Far Cry Primal, in which I can bash human heads in with a great club or send my friendly lion to tear them limb from limb on my behalf. That sound like a game that was ruined by "SJWs" to you?

      Or is your complaint that you're not getting enough titties in your games because of SJWs? Because last year's Game of the Year was a game in which your sidekick was a smoking hot silent assassin with big old titties who had to wear minimal clothing (get this) because she breathes through her skin and had to be as naked as possible to survive.

      So don't worry, games are still being made for 13 year-old boys and the grown men who are still 13 year-old boys at heart.

      • "Grown men who are 13 at heart", huh? That's like all of us.
      • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

        Because last year's Game of the Year was a game in which your sidekick was a smoking hot silent assassin with big old titties who had to wear minimal clothing

        That sound like a game that was ruined by "SJWs" to you?

        Yes because if it wasn't for the SJWs they'd be young titties not old ones.

      • Well, then if people aren 't being censored, then why did you say "Game of the Year" instead of saying whatever the name of the so-called "Game of the Year" is. Many games have game of the year editions and I wouldn't be surprised if various game magazines have awards they call "Game of the Year". So, out with it, what is the name of the game?
      • http://www.ign.com/wikis/best-... [ign.com] says their game of the year is Witcher 3

        http://www.gamespot.com/articl... [gamespot.com] also says Witcher 3 and shows an image with a woman wearing clothing that is selectively revealing.
        So what is this game you are talking about again?
        • So what is this game you are talking about again?

          I'm talking about Metal Gear Solid V, which was the true game of the year except for the fact that SJWs ruined everything.

          • So why didn't you just come out and say MGS V?
            • So why didn't you just come out and say MGS V?

              Because anyone who plays video games knew what I was talking about.

              • Well excuse me for focusing mainly on indies. You lose a lot of your potential audience by focusing on the sorts of gamers that GamerGate appealed to. Oh, and Square-Enix, lots of Square-Enix. And forget Konami, because I don't cuss and Jim Sterling uses the cuss word variant, so you should know what I mean. MGS is a Konami game right? Oh, I still play Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, though and a few of the other Castlevanias, so whatever.
    • This is a really stupid comment.

      The "SJW's" [sic -- the apostrophe is incorrect, as this is plural] you complain about are not nationally prominent politicians or personalities in the national news like Thompson and Lieberman. Offhand, I can't even think of any "SJWs" by name, except maybe that stupid woman who said "we need some muscle" at some college protest (and I don't remember her name either, just that she made the news with that comment and got fired).

      I'm sure there were plenty of horribly annoying

  • It's fixed version which was also released on Steam. It contains all the fixes and changed to SDL2 by Ryan C. Gordon, and is known to run on 6 platforms: https://twitter.com/icculus/st... [twitter.com]

  • Postal 2 was the legendary violent video game.
  • It's been 20 YEARS people! What use is the code to a 20 year old game, other than perhaps a learning aide? Did they release all the graphics and artwork under an equally Free license? Perhaps if they had done this 18 years ago it would have been newsworthy. id released the source code to Wolfenstein 3D only 3 years after its commercial release, way back in 1995. Doom source was released in 1997, the same time Postal came out—only 4 years after the original game was released. Running With Scissor

    • by AHuxley ( 892839 )
      People can add new art work, music, plot and allow for todays most advanced OS, cpu and gpu support.
      It also allows creative communities to gather around the code and try their own projects.
      No need to rent an engine. Support to the new developers who then add features to the released now open code is often an IRC chat or forum post away.
      In a few years optimised, reviewed code is been supported for creative new ideas.
      • by dgatwood ( 11270 )

        On the plus side, somebody is likely to create a bowdlerized version that replaces the violence with handing people hats with flowers on top, so there's at least the potential for comedic redemption. :-D

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