Is POSTAL The World's Most Dangerous Computer Game?
Tucson, AZ, November 24, 1997 -- Running With Scissors, the World's Most Notorious Software Company, is learning the dangers of innovation, first hand. Its debut release, POSTAL (PC/Mac), has developed a dedicated and massive fan following, forming POSTAL Unions, much like the "Clans" who dote on DOOM-Quake-style software.
RWS spokesman Vince Desi stated, "I really want to thank the hardcore gamers -- the players who have supported POSTAL from its debut on the net to the retail shelves. I must give credit to the maniacs out there who love playing POSTAL, they're the true POSTAL Prophets."
POSTAL has been selling out across the country, remaining in the top ten on the charts since its release and continues to sell amazingly well, despite all the bull and lack of support from some retailers. It seems like everyone is taking a shot at POSTAL. After being banned in Australia and edited for European release, it was recently cut by CompUSA for reasons unrelated to sales. When contacted by a game journalist and asked why it was being dropped by the nation's top software distributor in spite of brisk sales, a CompUSA spokesperson adamantly refused to explain the action, saying only: "Some games we carry and some games we don't." Yeah right!
In short, this is a game that nobody likes but gamers love. So, RWS has continued its own support for POSTAL through a website www.gopostal.com, while maintaining relationships with the top game sites. A current project to be released on the POSTAL site will produce downloadable art and sound files from the game ("I can't see ANYTHING") and a scream, err, screen saver is also in the works.
Meanwhile, mainstream press coverage continues non-stop, with everyone from CNN to The Wall Street Journal draining everything they can out of the game's controversial nature without ever making an attempt to get the facts straight or understand the reason behind the game's dynamic success. Last week an article broke in US News & World Report misreporting the fact that the game's anti-hero player-character is a "lunatic Postal worker." The heat the game is taking is alarming even members of the game press. "So the player is cast as someone who goes on a killing spree," remarked Laurie Yates, veteran industry journalist. "Big deal! People have been role-playing evil characters in D&D games for 20 years. It's just the tyranny of the 'PC' mindset -- and I don't mean Personal Computers."
Desi went on to thank others as well "The Wall Street Journal, CNN, US News & World Report, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the rest of the media for at least spelling the name of the game correctly. I can't believe the media's reaction," he continued. "Do they think that just because someone gets to play a nut that they will BECOME a nut? Because if they believe that, I think they've been sitting on their joysticks too long."
Running With Scissors develops outrageous entertainment software for mature audiences.
All content Copyright © 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 Coming Soon Magazine, Inc. All