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'Postal' Bypasses International Censorship

by Rainier on Jan. 11, 2006 @ 3:19 p.m. PST

The host of other countries (Australia, Korea, Brazil etc.) whose citizens have been unfairly denied their birthright to play the video and computer games of their choice can finally rejoice! Running With Scissors has cut through the bureaucratic, political and censorial red tape to make the POSTAL computer games universally available through Softwrap.

The move will also give the POSTAL video game franchise a passport to the United Kingdom (where it was banned in a hysterical overreaction to the tragic death of Princess Diana), hardware-happy Singapore, South Africa ("We're finally going to play Sun City," joked Running With Scissors CEO Vince Desi) and the largest potential market in the world, China ("We owe them something for giving us Fried Rice with Pork," Desi passionately proclaimed).

RWS has inked a deal with Softwrap which will allow the POSTAL game line to be sold virtually anywhere on the globe through a simple online transaction. Thanks to Softwrap's ability to deal in a wide range of foreign currencies and pay systems, RWS games will now be delivered to anyone, anywhere via online access.

The History of “Going Postal": In the mid-80s, a series of incidents occurred in the U.S. during which postal employees went unexpectedly berserk and began gunning down their supervisors and co-workers. The term "going postal" soon began to infiltrate American slang in reference to anyone who became suddenly violent.

Seizing on the term, Running With Scissors ran with it, and developed and published the inimitable video game POSTAL, which presented the player as an average individual known only as the Postal Dude who, through a series of unfortunate events, is driven to violence that escalates through both the game itself as well as a series of supplemental add-on action-adventures. Products such as POSTAL 2; the multi-player POSTAL 2: Share the Pain and the explosive climactic installment, POSTAL 2: Apocalypse Weekend have sold millions of copies around the world and the POSTAL universe will also be transformed into a major motion picture for release in 2007.

Following in Running With Scissors' footsteps, games such as the Grand Theft Auto series began to imitate the POSTAL style, but without the tongue-in-cheek social commentary, outrageous features and satirical jabs that have made the POSTAL franchise among the legendary cult success stories in the history of electronic gaming.

"We believe that people have the same right to play any game they want to as they should have the right to read books, see films and listen to music of their choosing," declared Vince Desi. "Our games are ESRB rated and their contents clearly explained. No one is being harmed and the Earth will not spin off its axis because a game with a notorious reputation is sold around the world via the Internet."

For more information on cool POSTAL products and gear, visit our new expanded site

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