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Postal

(Boss Fight Books #23)

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In 1997, game studio Running With Scissors released its debut title, Postal, an isometric shooter aimed at shocking an imagined pearl-clutching public. The game was crass, gory, and dumb—all of which might have been forgivable if the game had been any fun to play.

Postal gained enough notoriety from riding the wave of public outrage to warrant a sequel. And DLC. And a rema
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Paperback, 176 pages
Published April 7th 2020 by Boss Fight Books
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David
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: games
As a writer, I spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about voice. (Or perhaps ordinate, given that writers are supposed to be obsessive.) I'll read anything by anyone, so long as his/her/their voice grabs me from page one. POSTAL co-author Brock Wilbur reserves the first chapter for a hilarious story about a childhood friend whose religious parents deemed Super Mario Bros. too violent to play. For a lark, Wilbur showed his buddy Postal. His friend was reduced to a quivering mound of flesh, ...more
Jake
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
the running with scissors devs are two guys that kind of the darker versions of trey parker and matt stone of video games. i'm familiar of vince desi from the pigeon mission video on youtube, but finding out that he made his break in the games industry by making sesame street games was amazing. A bit like finding out the blues clues guy had a serious coke habit (this was a elaborate internet hoax). while i came to this book for the rabin contribution it was the most uninteresting, uwe bowl being ...more
Patrick Simmons
May 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
In a book about a game from 1997, Wilbur still manages to somehow dedicate a portion of the book to complaining about Donald Trump's presidency - y'know, the one that started nearly twenty years after the game came out?

Wilbur's clear disdain for a lot of things shows - and as he paints us a picture of Postal creator Vince Desi as a brash, unlikable guy who Wilbur heroically manages to find factors of interest in (thanks in large part to Postal 2 co-creator Mike J) - though not enough interest to
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Peter Derk
Mar 27, 2020 rated it liked it
I feel two ways about this book because there are two books here. There is the book by Brock Wilbur, which is more focused on the game, Postal, and there’s the book by Nathan Rabin, which is more focused on the movie of the same name, made by infamous director Uwe Boll. The way the book works, there’s about half of Wilbur’s book, then the entirety of Rabin’s book, then we go back to Wilbur.

Let’s do all of Wilbur’s book first.

I think this comes from a Donald Trump thing. Hang with me. I don’t r
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Can you love something even if the creator of that thing is awful?

The modern highway system is great, but we have to thank Hitler for that. Penicillin is cool, but it was made by a disgusting moldy sandwich (that I've heard also hated Jews). This book, Postal, it’s great, but it was created by the awful Brock
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Mike
Apr 11, 2020 added it
I read this since I'm a fan of Nathan's site and it seemed like an interesting idea to do this for a "33-1/3-type" game docu-series; it was a quick and easy read and enjoyable in both the game and film sides. As another reviewer mentioned this seems like it was a bit of trouble for Wilbur at least, but I think it came together in the end. Leaving it unrated since it just seems like something I wouldn't read normally, and it's short (I've read longer articles on the intehwebz). But it kindled my ...more
Idiot Elemental
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Made me accidentally buy postal 4 for some reason

Extremely empathetic read, despite the entirety of the topic =)
Skylar Primm
Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I picked this book up for Nathan Rabin's contribution, because I'm a huge fan of his "My World of Flops" work. Nobody writes about bad movies like Nathan Rabin, and Postal is the ultimate bad movie. I was pleasantly surprised to find an equally fascinating story about the game development side of the equation.

I'm definitely interested in checking out other Boss Fight books in the future.
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Grant Erickson
Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: video-games
A very short read, but probably too long for this subject. No surprise that the main creator of the game is pretty much an Edge-lord. All I knew about this game was the controversy surrounding it, so it was interesting to read about the actual gameplay and levels. It shows the game as what it truly is, which is an un-fun grim-dark slog.

The back half is devoted to Uwe Boll, who is always entertaining to read about, way more than actually watching his films. The anecdote of him boxing his biggest
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