Postal 2 banned in New Zealand

After a yearlong investigation, the New Zealand government deems possession of Running With Scissors' shooter a crime punishable by up to $1,400 in fines.

New Zealand's Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC), a government body "responsible for classifying publications that may need to be restricted or banned," today concluded a one-year investigation into developer Running With Scissors' 2003 action shooter, Postal 2.

In a statement, the OFLC said, "The game is designed, and has the capacity, to allow the player to test how much violence and humiliation he or she can inflict on human beings." For that and other reasons, the government body slapped a ban on the game. Now, a fine of NZ$2,000 ($1,400) can be imposed on anyone caught with a copy, and anyone who "supplies, distributes, exhibits, displays, or advertises Postal 2 could be imprisoned for up to a year or fined NZ$20,000 ($14,000)." Larger, "incorporated distributors and retailers" could be fined NZ$50,000 ($38,000).

In response, RWS founder Vince Desi told GameSpot, "I'm glad that PeeTER [sic] Jackson can hack and slash up orcs, elves, and pseudo-humans in Lord of the Rings, but a video game like Postal, that lets you piss on yourself, is somehow evil."

The full report on the game describes it the following terms: "The game has a crass sense of racist, sexist, and homophobic humor in its treatment of homosexuals, Asians, militant Islamists, conservatives, and others. The game could be said to make coarse political observations with its depictions of suicidal Arab terrorists engaged in warfare against 'infidel' Catholics, and its treatment of armed conservatives against video game violence. ... The publication promotes and supports the use of urine in association with degrading and dehumanizing conduct because the player is able to employ the urine function at will."

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6 comments
The_Angry_Inlaw
The_Angry_Inlaw

i hate the OFLC more than the BBFC and that's saying something. Maybe I should move to Japan where the games are rated in Letters rather than numbers

n00b_l337
n00b_l337

They banned it cos it was "too real"?! those LOSERS! i so want it and Postal 3, postal 1 was terrible but the postal 2 demo is SO addictive its not funny.

nappan
nappan

Postal sucked, and Postal 2 sucked with better graphics. The Kiwis aren't missing anything.

starcutter20000
starcutter20000

"The game has a crass sense of racist, sexist, and homophobic humor in its treatment of homosexuals, Asians, militant Islamists, conservatives, and others never seen that in a movie or a book or tv show (South Park)

ptown58
ptown58

Old story and one of the greatest all time games in my twisted book.

Brotherbraak
Brotherbraak

what r u talking about? Peeing on people is awesome!! U should really try it one day. Its very relaxing!!!