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Thursday, June 26, 2003

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Postal Court Case Dismissed
9:21 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

Readers interested in the announcement earlier this month that the Gary Coleman frag fest Postal 2 is coming to the Mac might also be interested in the latest court proceedings involving the game's developers.

On Wednesday, the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board of the U.S. Department of Commerce informed game developers Running With Scissors that the case held against them over their 1997 game Postal by the United States Postal Service has been dismissed with prejudice (the case or any similar case against the defendant cannot be filed again).

For those who might not remember, Postal was surrounded by controversy when it was initially released, due to its extremely violent nature and graphic visuals . The game, seen from a high third-person view, required players to walk around levels and commit random acts of violence. Tame compared to some of today's video games, Postal was banned in over ten countries, including Australia, Brazil, Germany, New Zealand, and the UK, and was blacklisted in the United States. The USPS also took the developers to court over their trademark of the word "Postal".

Reaction to the decision has generally been positive, a decision welcome by Vince Desi, Running With Scissors' CEO:

We're pleased with the ruling, although everyone involved knows we never should have had to fight this frivolous lawsuit in the first place. Our game is funny. Theirs is sick.
Postal 2, released last month for the PC, is currently in the process of being ported by an undisclosed third party developer. The game, based on the Unreal Warfare engine, is currently on schedule for a fall release, however publishing rights for the Mac version of the game have not been licensed yet.

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