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Postal 2 - Share the Pain Demo for GNU/Linux 260

fredan writes "Icculus has posted this news on his site: 'Just in time to relieve all that Holiday stress, a demo version of Postal 2: Share the Pain is now available for GNU/Linux systems.'"
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Postal 2 - Share the Pain Demo for GNU/Linux

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  • what?? (Score:3, Funny)

    by Suppafly ( 179830 ) <slashdot@NOspAM.suppafly.net> on Friday December 26, 2003 @04:01PM (#7814047)
    Games for linux? What's next? Games for Macs?
    • Re:what?? (Score:5, Interesting)

      by Pyro226 ( 715818 ) <Pyro226NO@SPAMhotmail.com> on Friday December 26, 2003 @04:10PM (#7814113) Journal
      Games for linux? What's next? Games for Macs?

      Check out Ambrosia Software. [ambrosiasw.com] They've made a lot of great Mac games (Escape Velocity Series), and they are starting to port them to Linux (Maelstrom).

      I set up a mac emulator on my Windows box just so I could play some of their games.

      • Re:what?? (Score:4, Interesting)

        by Epistax ( 544591 ) <epistax@g[ ]l.com ['mai' in gap]> on Friday December 26, 2003 @04:18PM (#7814154) Journal
        I agree. I was going to get an old mac to play escape velocity, then they released it for PC.
      • Re:what?? (Score:2, Insightful)

        by Pluvius ( 734915 )
        Check out Ambrosia Software. They've made a lot of great Mac games (Escape Velocity Series), and they are starting to port them to Linux (Maelstrom).

        They're also porting to Windows now. You can play the entire EV series using EV Nova for Windows, for example.

      • Re:what?? (Score:3, Funny)

        by dswensen ( 252552 ) *
        Ah yes, Ambrosia Software... finally, in the year 2003, you can play an updated version of Xevious! [ambrosiasw.com] On your Mac! The future is now!

        Seriously, this game came bundled with my iBook, touted as a game with "cutting-edge sound and graphics." Um. It's Xevious. Neat game and all, but I kinda played it before... in 1982!

      • EV is the thing I miss most from my Mac days. If they ported it to linux I'd be ecstatic. It's a top-notch piece of work. If I had the time, I'd work on hacking up a clone version. You know a game is awesome if it's shareware and you want to clone it more than commercial games.
    • What's next? Games for Macs?

      We do have Photoshop, ya know.

    • Re:what?? (Score:3, Insightful)

      by t0ny ( 590331 )
      From what Ive heard of Postal 2, you would be much happier with dental surgery.
  • Nice :) (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward
    Just played the demo. It's very nice and runs smooth. Multiplayer is very funny :)
  • Wouldn't this sell better if it were labeled a sim? Also did anyone notice the character at the top of the site in the link? It looks like someone's sac.
  • by Transcendent ( 204992 ) on Friday December 26, 2003 @04:04PM (#7814075)
    ...for linux users finally have a game where you can beat a puking person down with a shovel after you pee on them, and then light them on fire!

    The world will finally be a better place...
  • by MAPA3M ( 718897 ) on Friday December 26, 2003 @04:05PM (#7814083)

    A bunch of geeks with antisocial tendencies duking it out through the eyes of a buch of characters with SEVERE antisocial tendencies....

    Something tells me that one of these days we'll see a headline stating: "Geek goes postal, chokes 10 lamers with cat-5 cable"

    • Something tells me that one of these days we'll see a headline stating: "Geek goes postal, chokes 10 lamers with cat-5 cable"
      More accurately: Geek goes postal, chokes 10 lamers with cat-5 cable, lights them on fire, and then urinates on them.
    • by Anonymous Coward
      Although I'm sure this is a joke, I wish people would learn the difference between antisocial and asocial.

      Geeks are mostly asocial - i.e. avoidant or schizoid personality. There's nothing dangerous or suspicious about asocial behavior per se, although it may lead to alienation. Some people, most of them not people anyone would consider "geeks", are antisocial - i.e. destructive, psychopathic, sociopathic.

      People who "go postal" may be asocial, antisocial, both or neither, but are most likely either psych
    • "Something tells me that one of these days we'll see a headline stating: \"Geek goes postal, chokes 10 lamers with cat-5 cable\""

      Pfft. A true geek would use at least Cat5e.

  • is as funny and entertaining as The Sims with a shotgun. You can do what you like... so what? Where is the reward? In the empty clip/magazine?

    Tried SP-Postal2... didn't find anything funny in it, well, the one part where I did urinate on one eye-witness until she puked. That was fun for one time, and then the fun was out the window...
    • That's because Postal 2 thinks gross out humour makes up for rotten and repetitive gameplay. If you appreciate the gross-out element, download the demo and savour it. The full game adds nothing new except one tedious box like maze level after another.
    • " is as funny and entertaining as The Sims with a shotgun

      I can't count the number of times I wanted to dispose of a particularly stupid Sim, and a shotgun would have done nicely, instead of drowning them. I only played the game because my GF at the time made me. Man, the things we do for, er um love, yeah. She got really angry when I finally got the naked women sims to kiss and stuff. Now, I got a new GF who likes games like GTA and naked girls in UT2003. WooHoo!

      President Bush to Liberate Alaska! [alaska-freegold.com]

  • by Savatte ( 111615 ) on Friday December 26, 2003 @04:09PM (#7814107) Homepage Journal
    is that the simulation of the WindowsXP install process?
    • What, does your finger cramp up after clicking next?
      • by Pluvius ( 734915 ) <.pluvius3. .at. .gmail.com.> on Friday December 26, 2003 @04:27PM (#7814200) Journal
        I think it's the fact that installing XP is actually simple and painless, which is actually painful to a masochist (read: Linux user).

        • by Alan ( 347 )
          The install of windows is relatively painless, it's the 8 hour reboot, install updates, reboot, install more updates, reboot, install yet more updates, reboot, install a new program (ie: WMP), reboot, install updates to that, etc.

          Installing windows is fine, making it usable is painful.
  • by DrEldarion ( 114072 ) <[moc.liamg] [ta] [0791uhcsm]> on Friday December 26, 2003 @04:19PM (#7814159)
    ... but wait until Linus gets sued when some 13-year-old Linux user shoots up his school.
  • There's a bugzilla for it too, here [icculus.org].
  • by Trikenstein ( 571493 ) on Friday December 26, 2003 @04:24PM (#7814185)
    'cos it sure wasn't on windows...
  • Last year, a disgruntled postal worker went into his post office in a town nearby and flung poo on his co-workers. The question is: does the Postal game have a poo flinging mode?
  • News (mirrored) (Score:3, Informative)

    by antdude ( 79039 ) on Friday December 26, 2003 @04:29PM (#7814208) Homepage Journal
    Just in case the site gets /.'ed!

    Postal 2: Share the Pain demo for GNU/Linux (posted 2003-12-25 05:16:36 by icculus):

    Just in time to relieve all that Holiday stress, a demo version of Postal 2: Share the Pain is now available for GNU/Linux systems.

    "Share the Pain" adds multiplayer gametypes to the previously single-player only Postal 2, with its mature-rated attitude (Capture the Flag is called "Snatch", and involves stealing the other team's, uh, mascot...you get the point). The multiplayer gametypes are fully network compatible with the Windows players.

    The package contains a complete DEMO version of the game, featuring one abbreviated single player level, and a few multiplayer maps for your enjoyment. The full, commercial version of Postal 2 for Linux will be available soon (and rumor has it there will be a Linux boxed version, so please don't run out and buy the Windows version in preparation just yet). The package also contains the Linux dedicated server.

    Postal 2 has some rather explicit content. Don't download it if you're a small child or easily offended.

    File: postal2mpdemo-lnx-1407.tar.bz2
    Size: 168 megabytes compressed
    md5sum: 99b28380fcef88e8a4c418ca5894b8f3

    Known mirrors:

  • Is it the fact that it's for Linux? I suppose it would normally be good news for a game to get ported to Linux, but Postal 2 is a bad game. If I were a Linux user, I'd be downplaying this news as much as possible.

    Rob (would've rather seen the editorial on Nintendo on the front page)
  • Don't bother (Score:3, Interesting)

    by dswensen ( 252552 ) * on Friday December 26, 2003 @05:15PM (#7814404) Homepage
    I love Rockstar Games and the GTA series remains one of my all-time favorites. I respect the fact that Rockstar makes its living being as controversial and over-the-top as they feel like, and generally don't compromise. To some extent, I can even get behind the fairly brainless conceit of this game (you're a psychopath, go hit people in the head and light them on fire... mission successful!)

    But I've played this demo, and it's pretty much junk. Dated graphics (and I say this as someone who is not a graphics whore), clunky control scheme, animations which are satisfyingly gruesome the first time but quickly grow repetitive... all in all I think I liked the first Postal better, and honestly that was not very much to begin with. Sure, peeing on everything in sight is fun for awhile (just like in real life!), but the novelty wears off pretty fast. And I say this as someone who's killed many, many hours running over people in GTA3 and trying to find all the hidden jumps, etc. -- so I have a pretty high tolerance for repitition.

    If this demo is representative of what the final version of Postal is going to be like, the game is going to be a serious failure. I hope that's not the case, because it seems like the fine folks at Rockstar could do much better than this (and have, years ago now).
  • by epod ( 726223 ) on Friday December 26, 2003 @05:40PM (#7814535)
    I just downloaded the demo, and it ran flawlessly on my FreeBSD box (4.9-RELEASE, latest nvidia drivers, linux-7.1_5 compat from ports). The only "tweaking" I had to do was set the __GL_SINGLE_THREADED environment variable to 1 (as described in nvidia's docs). After that, it was smooth sailing. This means that all us BSD people can be senselessly violent as well ;)
  • Shitty game (Score:4, Insightful)

    by nEoN nOoDlE ( 27594 ) on Friday December 26, 2003 @05:48PM (#7814571) Homepage
    This is one of the worst PC games of the year... it's too bad more people will now buy it due to lack of choice on Linux.
    • If they can make money from selling a poor game for Linux, at least I hope that would open some game developers eyes. Imagine what money could then be made from a good game.
  • When it came out, this was immediately hailed as one of the worst games ever created. (And the reaction wasn't purely based on its violence; Computer Gaming World gave Grand Theft Auto 3 five stars, but Postal 2 zero.)

    It reminds me of when Loki announced that it would be making a Linux port of Postal (short before they went out of business, what a shock). Postal wasn't as bad a game as Postal 2, but how are you going to make a splash in Linux games by porting bad games, or at the very least games that a

  • Is the whining USPS reaction to the Mad TV sketch [google.com] about going postal (the concept).

    The post office should lighten up -- after all, it's only a joke. Everyone knows that it doesn't really happen [zyns.com].

    timothy (whose father and grandfather worked for the post office and escaped bullet wounds)
  • Bad taste (Score:2, Interesting)

    Like some other guys here I find this game a horrible example of bad taste.

    I believe our civilization is digging it's grave with stuff like this. With violent video games we are teaching younger generations that killing little figures on the screen is nothing bad.

    Some earlier posts said that games are not about reality. I certainly agree with them that most (if not all) people will never think about repeating actions from a game in real life.

    But think again how today's wars are being fought. Pilots on a
    • Re:Bad taste (Score:4, Informative)

      by Lispy ( 136512 ) on Friday December 26, 2003 @06:38PM (#7814778) Homepage
      You are possibly a troll but I will reply anway:
      1. They will notice it's real when they are being shot in the head.
      2. The far more disturbing aspect of videogames, violent or not, is that people are safe at home playing away their time while their leaders are fighting stupid wars. People are paralyzed with the media and therefore don't oppose to whatever terrible mistake their leaders might make.
      3. You might not be familiar with some of the later sociobiological concepts but it is common to kill individuals of your own species and it is ok for evolution and selection. When it comes down to morals it might be wrong, but there are many examples in nature where killing in the same species is quite common and is being rewarded by evolution.

    • Re:Bad taste (Score:3, Interesting)

      by TyrranzzX ( 617713 )
      Video games aren't the problem. The problem is;

      1: Parents for not teaching their kid why killing is bad and the difference between a video game and real life.

      2: The military's fault for not publicly executing soldiers who purposly fire on unarmed civilians for no reason infront of other armed soldiers who are manditorially required to be there. There is no space for antisocial behavior in the armed forces or in any army. Yes, a screen makes killing a bit easier, because you don't even have to see t
      • " Video games aren't the problem."

        Evidence? Or am I just supposed to take your word?
        • Romans, Spartians, Mideval crusades, 100 years war, ww1, ww2, gulf war, colonial slavery, East India company, Virginia company, Gulf war 2, war on terrorism, spanish war, american civil wars, mexican civil war, but mostly, the fact that you can still walk out on the streets in almost every area of every city in this country and all of the backwoods areas and not have to worry about getting shot up by some kid who thought doom was such a good game he'd go out a 12 gauge and begin reaking havok. You might ha
          • I'm certainly not stupid enough to believe that a video game is the sole cause of increased violence. I just wonder about the argument that violence in video games is not a factor at all.
            • It certainly is in some cases but I would say it's not as much of a factor as say, television. School is even worse, our kids are taught to divide eachother into nitpicky groups by age, grade, sexual orientation, sex, beliefs, corperate logo's on your shirts, shoes, and jeans, etc. Combine this with TV, which usually preeches that violence is neccissary and good and you don't even need video games to make a bunch of kids into hateful little mongrels who won't mind isolating and nitpicking eachother to pie
              • Agreed. A culture of violence is created by a pop culture of violence, not by one single violent facet. I think the violence in movies / tv is more harmful than video games as well. The only thing I would disagree about is that kids are "taught" to form cliques and pick on people in school. Watching interactions between my girlfriends' 2 year old niece and her friends, it's pretty evident that being an asshole is pretty much part of human nature, and school just happens to be where you spend the majorit
      • "In order to stay healthy mentally, you've got to explore the extremes."

        That's what alt.tasteless is for.
  • by PixelSlut ( 620954 ) on Friday December 26, 2003 @07:04PM (#7814910)
    They think they're being controversial or something, but they're actually just being really stupid and immature. This game reeks of 13-year-old humor. This game has no artistic, comical, or technical value whatsoever. I like to support Linux games on general principle, but I just can't do that for this game.
    • They think they're being controversial or something, but they're actually just being really stupid and immature. This game reeks of 13-year-old humor. This game has no artistic, comical, or technical value whatsoever. I like to support Linux games on general principle, but I just can't do that for this game.

      Amen. I'd much rather see a port of a good game, like Natural Fawn Killers [smallrockets.com].


  • Seriously, it makes bzflag look polished.
  • O.k. I d/l'ed the thing and must say that it actually made me laugh. I mean the stuff you can do is insane and just pure fun. Granted pissing on people to make them puke then shooting them is considered vaulgure in our soceity but hey it's fun. The pure out right beating of people can make as all better people. It's based off the Unreal engine from 2001 so this is esentialy a good MOD in my book. There are still some bugs and for $30 I would hope they have them fixed.BUT and a BIG but the demo version

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