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Postal 2 - Share the Pain Demo for GNU/Linux

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the you'll-put-your-eye-out-kid dept.

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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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what?? (3, Funny)

Suppafly (179830) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814047)

Games for linux? What's next? Games for Macs?

Re:what?? (5, Interesting)

Pyro226 (715818) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814113)

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?? (3, Interesting)

Epistax (544591) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814154)

I agree. I was going to get an old mac to play escape velocity, then they released it for PC.

Re:what?? (1)

BackwardEngineer (730035) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814341)

Which is a really great game... and a really great deal for what your getting, since you can mod it all up. i play it at least an hour each day.

Re:what?? (2, Insightful)

Pluvius (734915) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814172)

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.

Rob

Re:what?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7814115)

yeah, i think i just saw pigs flying!

Re:what?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7814117)

As long as the games comply with the look and feel of the Mac, sure. Just dont expect an Alternative Fire mode :D

Re:what?? (1)

ajaf (672235) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814337)

Yes, check also: Wolfestein: Enemy Territory, Neverwinter Nights, Quake 3 Arena, Savage, Xbill... Linux is a great plataform for games! muehehe

Bittorrent (5, Informative)

imadcow1 (559289) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814049)

Re:Bittorrent (1)

dapuk (603973) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814108)

That .torrent file link itself is returning 403 Forbidden already!

Re:MOD ME DOWN. (1)

dapuk (603973) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814122)

Seemingly they don't like us using wget.

Re:MOD ME DOWN. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7814177)

This can't be a popular download, I'm only getting about 6KiB download :( I'd expected at least 20KiB

Unlerss lots of people are having the same problem :/

Re:Bittorrent (2)

imadcow1 (559289) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814173)

I am not getting 403 errors, but I put the torrent on my site anyway. Try this: madcowworld.com/postal2mpdemo-lnx-1407.tar.bz2.tor rent [madcowworld.com] On another note, is anyone else having troubles posting comments? I kept getting 500 internal server error.

Nice :) (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7814052)

Just played the demo. It's very nice and runs smooth. Multiplayer is very funny :)

Poor Taste in Title of Game (-1, Troll)

egg troll (515396) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814057)

My favorite uncle is a mail carrier, as is his wife. Having mail carriers in the family, I can assure you that this game title is in very poor taste. Although there have been a several handfuls of shootings by other postal workers, there's nothing amusing about them. They're a senseless tragedy and I refuse to play any game that makes light of them.

Re:Poor Taste in Title of Game (4, Funny)

oldwolf13 (321189) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814078)

I'm sure all game makers will now take light of your wise statement and rename their games so as not to offend anyone.

All games now will be named "Super Fantastic Happy" and a version number at the end.

Re:Poor Taste in Title of Game (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7814087)

> They're a senseless tragedy and I refuse to play any game that makes light of them.

Since the first requirement of tragedy is hubris in the face of the gods, and there's little chance that your favorite uncle is both a mail carrier *and* a follower of the old Roman ways, I posit to you that the whole problem here is that you're a humorless, hypersensitive cunt.

Sit on *that* and spin, you asshat.

Re:Poor Taste in Title of Game (1)

the Man in Black (102634) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814119)

Since the first requirement of tragedy is hubris in the face of the gods, and there's little chance that your favorite uncle is both a mail carrier *and* a follower of the old Roman ways

I would like to gracefully bow my head and stand in awe of you. You are officially the only Slashdotter more sarcastic and thick with archaic knowledge than myself. I salute you, sir.

Re:Poor Taste in Title of Game (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814167)

Oh course, since the original meaning of tragedy is "goat song", this is all probably some goatse troll.

My God, why post AC? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7814136)

Fucking brilliant. Mod up.

Re:Poor Taste in Title of Game (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7814142)

damn, why post as AC, I want to make you my friend

Re:Poor Taste in Title of Game (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7814157)

Damn... I suddenly feel all special. You guys are the bestest friends an AC ever had.

Hear Hear (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7814088)

My favorite is a car thief, as is his wife. Having car thieves in the family, I can assure you that the game time Grand Theft Auto is in very poor taste. Although there have been a several handfuls of shootings by other car thieves, there's nothing amusing about them. They're a sensless tragedy and I refuse to play any game that makes light of them.

Re:Poor Taste in Title of Game (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7814091)

/Troll Badness

Yes, as a representative of the Xerox company and formerly the Kleenex Corporation I also take offence and absured cultural references to my products...

Grow a sense of humor.

/End Troll Badness

Re:Poor Taste in Title of Game (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7814095)

waaaaaaaa

Re:Poor Taste in Title of Game (2, Informative)

PepsiProgrammer (545828) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814097)

This game does not make light of postal worker shootings. The main character 'Postal Dude' starts the game working at Running With Scissors.

Re:Poor Taste in Title of Game (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7814099)

You can go and get stuffed, you hyper-sensitive twat.

And fuck the Cubans and Haitians, too, for their whining about GTA:VC.

Re:Poor Taste in Title of Game (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7814347)

You can go and get stuffed, you hyper-sensitive twat.

And fuck the Cubans and Haitians, too, for their whining about GTA:VC.


Do you even realize what you're saying? How can you possibly have such hatred towards the 19 million people of Cuba and Haiti?! It is obvious from your first line that you are not being light and jovial - so something must really be wrong with you! Maybe you are one of the (few) people who were 'brainwashed' by the 'racist' violence in GTA:VC!

What if the most popular game on the market encouraged players to kill as many Europeans or Americans as possible (if such a thing could ever actually be made)? Would you say it's all in good fun? You'd probably say it was terrorist propaganda. Similarly, if a game came out called "Inbred 2", you would likewise probably take it personally.

The Haitans and postal workers have every right to be insulted by this and you are an idiot.

Re:Poor Taste in Title of Game (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7814378)

Those haitan NIGGERS should NOT be in this country.

Like Most... (4, Insightful)

dolo666 (195584) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814101)

... you take yourself too seriously. Games are not meant to be about life. That's the thing... they are meant to be fun, and poke fun at the hard stuff.

Video Games are like comedy; they are there to relieve stress.

It Gets Old (0, Troll)

egg troll (515396) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814162)

There was an individual a few years ago [cnn.com] who shot up his office and killed many of his coworkers. He was some depressed, long-haired coder with a gun fetish. Imagine if based on that the whole nation had said someone who is mentally unstable is "going programmer". Furthermore, imagine if they all assumed that every coders or geek was the same as Michael McDermott. You'd get tired of it very quickly, and probably be more than a little offended by it.

Re:It Gets Old (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7814269)

Yeah, well, sorry.

While I do remember there being several workplace shootings in the past few years, I also seem to remember that before that there was a rash of post office workers going on shooting rampages.

The trend of taking a gun and killing your bosses and coworkers when workplace tensions became unsolveable and unbearable appears to have originated in the postal service. That is what led to the cliche/phrase "going postal."

My step-mother works (or maybe it should be worked - ain't seen her in years) for the Post Office. In addition a friend's wife worked for them as well. From what I know of the system there it is nearly impossible to get rid of problem personnel.

The inability to quickly and efficiently remove problem personnel, whether managers who become overbearing, micro-managing, megalomaniacal, control freaks, or whether disaffected, angry, hostile, insubordinate subordinates, would seem to lend itself to making the workplace a seething cauldron of repressed anger where when things build up to someone's breaking point things are going to become explosive very quickly with workers devising their own way of quickly and efficiently removing the personnel perceived to be the cause of the problem.

Re:It Gets Old (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7814280)

I'm pretty sure no one has a fear of going into the post office for that reason, get over yourself, and try to keep the troll out of your name when you troll, more effective that way. Tool

Re:It Gets Old (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7814282)

Everyone gets offended by something, and you're proof of this. It's called 'living in a society', really, I'm not making this up. I'm white and get offended by non-whites that push some kind of reverse racism in my face. Some say it's just par for the course because of previous actions by white people; I say that's horseshit because neither I nor the last six generations of my family ever did anything to promote racism or slavery. Matter of perspective on who's right, and yet I and the people that act like crap toward me are still going to Mickey D's, clubs, the supermarket, working, buying games, etc etc.

Bottom line: live in society, learn to occasionally eat shit. You can complain for sure, but if the best thing you can do is try to stop people from performing non-malicious actions, you need to live in a remote cabin and hunt for your food. You aren't proposing some kind of legal or physical action against these people, but the way you're coming off speaks volumes.

Re:It Gets Old (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7814394)

You'd get tired of it very quickly, and probably be more than a little offended by it.

Ah, you'll get used to it. I imagine other people in Cleveland feel like I do when someone brings up the Cuyahoga River catching fire once in the 1970's. Har har har... yes, we haven't heard that for 30 years. Almost always told by someone who hasn't visited Ohio in decades and thinks they're being witty. That'd be as stupid as me saying "How are those race riots going down there in Alabama? Can your blacks vote yet or do the cops still hose them down with firehoses? Rofl!!!"

Re:Like Most... (1)

Saeger (456549) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814189)

But... but... won't somebody please think of the CHILDREN?!

I played this game a while ago, and after the funny "shock value" gimmicks wore off (quickly), all that was left was Y.A.B.S. (Yet Another Boring Shooter).

--

Re:Like Most... (1)

KBV (732207) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814211)

Postal 2 is fun? I just don't see it. GTA is fun cause it's more of a satire on the world, while Postal is just 'wrong'. Same goes for 'Manhunt'.

I'm all for freedom of speech in games, but does that mean that they - games companies - should people able to do what they want in their games?

Shit I'm going to get flamed for this. :P

Re:Like Most... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7814304)

I take it you'd have the same attitude towards the upcoming "Twin Towers -- Strike Force" game?

Re:Poor Taste in Title of Game (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7814111)

Unfortunately, there are just as many "postal" workers in other employment areas. Consider the shootings in Meridian, MS. at an aircraft parts plant in 2003.

Re:Poor Taste in Title of Game (1)

King_TJ (85913) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814125)

I'm not denying that the handful of shootings by postal workers is a tragedy -- but it's only a video game. I played Postal 2 quite a bit, and it pokes fun at all sorts of things, including groups against violence in games, life in the trailer parks, and a whole slew of sterotypical figures (arab grocery store owners, etc. etc.).

I think it's fairly obvious that the authors take nothing in the game too seriously. (Heck, one of the weapons is the guy throwing an unlimited supply of scissors at people. How realistic is that?)

IMHO, it's really a pretty humorous little game, if you don't get all worked up and offended over parts of it.

Re:Poor Taste in Title of Game (1)

Loadmaster (720754) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814138)

Then the title is perfect. Postal 2 is a senseless tragedy itself. We should all refuse to play this game since that will save us the five minutes it would take to realize we should have refused to play this game five minutes ago.

No problem (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814156)

Just change it to shooting spammers--no one will object to that.

Re:Poor Taste in Title of Game (1)

GearheadX (414240) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814202)

I'd really hate to break this to you.. but the term has nothing to do with the character being a postal worker. At some point after the iniital string of postal workers going off the long end of a short pier the term 'Postal' came to mean ANYONE who flipped out for no apparent reason.

This game is hardly new.

Re:Poor Taste in Title of Game (3, Insightful)

BrookHarty (9119) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814221)

The whole point is to be totally off the wall, not politically correct, push boundries, go far outside acceptable.

Look at GTA, people don't like that game for its violence, but its the best selling game series out. My state even passed a law against it, lucky it was declared unconstitutional by our WA state supreme court.

Won't spin off into politics, but I wish we had more anarchy like this. People should be able to do whatever they want, even its totally untasteful, politically incorrect or against your religion. This goes for everything. Legal consenting adults should be able to do whatever they want in the privacy of their homes. Play videos games, listen to music, read books, or watch porn.

Police should be peace officers, not moral guardians for the majority.
-
Happy Holidays, I would say Merry Christmas, but thats not politcally correct.

Re:Poor Taste in Title of Game (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7814240)

You are absolutely right. I think if a game has the word "Postal" in the title, at the very least it should involve making snap decisions on whether to deliver unwanted bulk mail to the wrong people or lose important packages -- kind of like the mail carrier version of "Paperboy." You could gain extra points avoiding frisky pets, raising rates, and delivering final notices before the original bills.

The nice thing about it is that even old guys like me could play because there would be frequent, regular breaks, plus weekends and all major holidays off, and you could move at a snail's pace without losing the game. I'm sure this would be far less offensive than the current version.

Egg Troll in da hizouse! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7814257)

It looks like you angered someone in your journal, though. [slashdot.org]

As a side note, do you have an archive of you rmost successful trolls anywhere?

Re:Poor Taste in Title of Game (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7814268)

Didn't someone tell you to shut the hell up a little while ago? If not... SHUT THE HELL UP EGG TROLL! nobody cares about what you have to say. If I ever meet you, you're new name will be Egg Salad.

Bah, my mother was a streetwalker (0, Flamebait)

SoupaFly (558227) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814281)

But you don't see me crying about games that glorify pimp slapping and whacking whores with 2x4s.

Get a thicker skin for fuck-sake.

Re:Poor Taste in Title of Game (1)

DAldredge (2353) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814382)

Well, if mail carriers did their job properly, then perhaps the rest of the world would not make fun of them. I mean how hard is it to NOT bend/shove/force large packages into a standard size mail box?

And don't blaim the shipper. The packing I am talking about was a package of Priority Mail supplies mail BY the USPS. The envelope was so ripped that I had to carry everything into my house. Is it that hard to walk up to my door (no animals) and put the package on my doorstep?

MODS ON CRACK (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7814391)

Because he dislikes a videogame, that makes him a troll. Nice.

FP (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7814058)

FIRST POST!!! YA

Where's the torrent? (-1, Redundant)

Via_Patrino (702161) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814059)

Where's the torrent? I bet it will be ./ soon :-)

Sweet Baby Jebuz! Fristity Poist! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7814061)

w00t! I rule the CLIT! I rule the GNAA! I rule that pack of micro-penised wannabe asstroopers the Trollkore! I claim this forest post in the name of goodness and purity and harmonium between the races!

Except the Irish.

Share The Pain (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7814072)

Perhaps the most appropriate subtitle for a game ever. If you play it, you'll be sharing the pain of everyone else that has had that unpleasure.

Training Simulator (1)

DoctorHoe (635071) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814073)

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.

Re:Training Simulator (1)

Hillman (137883) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814369)

yep, it's mine. Stop looking.

I thought it was a slow /. day (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7814074)

With the low comments, I was ascribing it to teh holidays.

Then I noticed that slashdot's resident troll-in-chief, Michael, has posted all stories today. I can only assume that the vast majority of slashdotters have checked the ignore michael option in their preference, leaving only poor old AC's like myself to deal with his putrid spewings.

Oh well.

lets all rejoice! (5, Funny)

Transcendent (204992) | more than 10 years ago | (#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...

Re:lets all rejoice! (5, Funny)

kfg (145172) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814265)

Sorry, I play games to have fun and maybe let off a little steam. I just don't see the point of playing a game that makes me do the sort of mindless and repetitive chores I have to do in real life all day.

KFG

Re:lets all rejoice! (2, Interesting)

artemis67 (93453) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814294)

Postal 2 was nominated to be one of the Most Embarrassing Games of the Year [gamespot.com] by GameSpot...

OTOH, it DOES have Gary Coleman in it!

Re:lets all rejoice! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7814323)

...or you can have them run on fire, screaming, and puking blood (from a severed animal head).

This has possibilities (5, Funny)

MAPA3M (718897) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814083)

Great....

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"

Re:This has possibilities (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7814249)

Good for him. There are already too many lamers on this planet.... busloads of lamers [jokeornot.com] in fact.

Linux Games (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7814085)

This story demonstrates the glaring weakness of Linux; games. I'm sure this 'Share the Pain' game is enjoyable for some people, but when I go to a best buy, or circuit city, the selection of quality windows games is endless.

Is this the achilles heels of open source development? It might be, but very few people will admit it. It seems to be Free Software's dirty little secret. It can't turn out high quality games to compete with the big boys.

Time to fess up, zealots.

Re:Linux Games (2, Interesting)

Tsali (594389) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814179)

Which is somewhat ironic...

The profit margin on a game is pretty small if you can ever get one to publish. Add on support and testing due to N combinations of drivers, and games are very labor intensive. Now, throw on N combinations of N programs for N linux distributions, and you have yourself an absolute nightmare. That's why you see console games more quickly - less testing on bad hardware.

Compound on the fact that game players are PHB's in their own right in the sense they can ask for features, features, features, and not demand another cent out of it.

The only way you'll see games on Linux is if someone does the following (and if someone has, we need better marketeers...)

- A somewhat standard architecture (OpenGL springs to mind)...
- A standard *BSD* toolkit using that architecture. People should be able to try to make a buck from it. This implies a somewhat standard language (or at least a standard messaging protocol (CORBA)). Candidate would be C++, although it would be nice to see others.
- A dedicated group of people to do it with.
- Someone comes up with some neat ideas that they would want to work for free on.

For only 2% of the market, you'll rarely see stuff in the stores. Best Buy carries zilch and MicroCenter carries a handful of Linux apps. If 2% of 2% wants to buy a game that only 2% of that target group wants, you'll have a hard time finding 2% of the developers willing to contribute.

That said, it is more possible if Linux picks up market share and attitudes change. In the meantime, we're stuck.

T.

Re:Linux Games (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7814180)

"Is this the achilles heels of open source development?" Not really. The achilles heels of open source development is that ugly tux logo people insist on plastering everywhere.

Re:Linux Games (0, Troll)

Joe Tie. (567096) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814194)

Time to fess up, zealots.

You maintain that there's an endless supply of quality games out there and at the same time accuse 'other' people of zelotry? I know tastes differ, but I find the vast majority of games for any platform, windows, console or otherwise to be crap.

It seems to be Free Software's dirty little secret.

What! You mean to tell me that there's not a lot of games for Linux? With a sharp, insightful bit of wisdom like that no wonder you got modded Informative! I don't think anyone's ever noticed that before. Another dirty little secret we keep is that water is wet, and that fire burns!

Re:Linux Games (1)

Shockmaster (659961) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814204)

When you think about it, it's not really all that surprising that open-source games are all too often not paticularly good. Among those that are even remotely good, many are clones (FreeCiv -> Civnet, TuxRacer -> MarioKart, etc). The fact is that a game remains one of the more difficult projects that someone can code. It's extremely expensive to come up with not only a good engine, but graphics, interface design, story, audio, etc, especially when the potential monetary gain is nil, and your audience is restricted to 5% of all computer users.

A proposal (0, Flamebait)

dirtmerchant (162306) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814086)

I definitely think Inculus is going for the "lowest common denominator" audience with this one:



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Which could explain the article being Slash-worthy.

Re:A proposal (2, Insightful)

LDoggg_ (659725) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814165)

I definitely think Inculus is going for the "lowest common denominator" audience with this one:

Icculus was not going for the lowest common anything. Running with Scissors might be, but Icculus is a programmer that ports games to linux. He's done more for the linux gaming community than just about anyone else out there. Alot of the stuff he's done, ports, maintaining icculus.org etc. he's done because he's just a good guy. Many of the ports he's done are because he gets paid to do them. Who gives a shit what some people think about the morality of certain games that are labeled with an appropriate rating anyways?
Some of us do have to earn a living you know.

Gee (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7814104)

Gee, I'm sure all seven people who use Linux for gaming will be pleased.

Postal as a game... (1)

Soulfarmer (607565) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814105)

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...

Re:Postal as a game... (1)

DrXym (126579) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814171)

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.

share the pain demo? (4, Funny)

Savatte (111615) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814107)

is that the simulation of the WindowsXP install process?

Re:share the pain demo? (1)

satanami69 (209636) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814148)

What, does your finger cramp up after clicking next?

Re:share the pain demo? (4, Funny)

Pluvius (734915) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814200)

I think it's the fact that installing XP is actually simple and painless, which is actually painful to a masochist (read: Linux user).

Rob

Re:share the pain demo? (2, Insightful)

Alan (347) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814227)

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.

Re:share the pain demo? (1)

Pluvius (734915) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814253)

Using Windows Update, I only had to reboot once or twice to make my XP up to date. Took me a half-hour or so at most.

Rob

Re:share the pain demo? (1)

Alan (347) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814319)

Ok, now go and install windows media player. Reboot. Then you have to do the update again. And reboot again.

I'm guessing you didn't install SP1, which takes probably about 20 minutes to install (xp2500) even without the time it takes to do the download.

It took me a half hour to let it go and download/update the 30+ security and critical updates alone. Of course, if you didn't install these then yea, it'd be much faster. What was your IP again? clickety-click :)

Re:share the pain demo? (1)

blincoln (592401) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814349)

I'm guessing you didn't install SP1, which takes probably about 20 minutes to install (xp2500) even without the time it takes to do the download.

Download it once, slipstream it into the XP install files, and burn yourself a new XP CD. Then you'll never have to worry about it again.

The last time I rebuilt my XP machine at work (using a CD like that) it took 2-3 reboots to get it completely up to date.

Re:share the pain demo? (1)

Tony Hoyle (11698) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814374)

However on a default install it takes XP about 20ish reboots (provided you can get it installed before blaster fubars it) plus about half a dozen driver CDs, which I have to keep hunting for as I can never find them (a couple of them are busted, eg. my tv card doesn't work under Windows any more).

Slipstreaming doesn't count. Heck, I could make a ghost image of an installed drive and ship that around and claim it took zero reboots...

Re:share the pain demo? (1)

Pluvius (734915) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814395)

What the hell kind of parts do you have in your computer? Practically all the drivers I needed were already included with XP; the only thing I couldn't get to work properly was my old printer.

Rob

Re:share the pain demo? (1)

Pluvius (734915) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814370)

My copy came with SP1, so no, I didn't have to install it. As for the other updates, it helped that I was at college at the time, with a really fast connection.

Oh, and I'm not using XP right now, as my computer blew up and I'm waiting for a barebones system I just ordered to come in before I can use my big HD again. Right now I'm on an old crappy computer with Windows 98 ;_;

Rob

Re:share the pain demo? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7814174)

But not as bad as the Debian Install proceess.

I expect the -1, troll treatment and the flames of a 1000 Debian fanboys for this, but compared to Mandrake's, Fedoras and even Gentoos installer, Debian is pure evil. And don't eve mention third party crap such as knoppix or libranet. Why should a 3rd party fix something as simple as a FREAKING INSTALLER, and don't mention the architecture thing, if the Contiki guys can write a graphical operating system for machines with 4Kb of ram, you should too.

Also reported on Happypenguin.org. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7814155)

Happy penguin.org is one of the best places to go to learn about the latest Linux games, heres the article [happypenguin.org]

Yeah, you think this is good NOW... (4, Funny)

DrEldarion (114072) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814159)

... but wait until Linus gets sued when some 13-year-old Linux user shoots up his school.

Re:Yeah, you think this is good NOW... (4, Funny)

ag3n7 (442539) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814214)

Yeah, he probably was driven over the edge because he had to recompile the kernel to use his video card. :-).

Debian (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7814175)



Hopefully you will be able to shoot running
Debian logos because Debian Linux is the worst Linux
distro on the planet. This game will probably require hours of upgrading libs on
Debian if at all possible to work.

There's a bugzilla for it too (2, Interesting)

Via_Patrino (702161) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814184)

There's a bugzilla for it too, here [icculus.org] .

Does linux somehow make this game fun? (3, Informative)

Trikenstein (571493) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814185)

'cos it sure wasn't on windows...

Quite the dillema (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7814201)

On the one hand, if no one buys the game, they'll say those linux people don't buy games, and thus there's no reason to make more. On the other, if people do buy the game, they'll realize those linux people will buy crap, and they'll release more crap. So, it's either no games, or crappy games.

Fling poo (1)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814196)

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?

Re:Fling poo (1)

CountBrass (590228) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814278)

Been done: Peter Molyneux's crap throwing sim Black and White.

News (mirrored) (2, Informative)

antdude (79039) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814208)

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:

How'd this get on the front page, anyway? (2, Funny)

Pluvius (734915) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814231)

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)

Gone postal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7814236)

Seems like someone went postal on their server...

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Ack! Refund! (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7814326)

Seriously, I'm about to start a class action lawsuit to get refunds for subscribers who signed up on the belief that paying meant not having to look at advertisements.

Postal 2 (0, Redundant)

sujan (464326) | more than 10 years ago | (#7814334)

This game is horribly coded, it took hours just to load up. GTA vice city rules!
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