Running With Scissors (company)

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RWS, Inc.
Running With Scissors
Industry Video game industry
Founded 1996; 22 years ago (1996)
Headquarters Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
Key people
Vince Desi (CEO)
Products Postal
Vince Desi, chief executive officer of Running With Scissors
Mike Jaret, vice president of business development of Running With Scissors

RWS, Inc., doing business as Running With Scissors, is an American video game developer based in Tucson, Arizona. The company is best known for their Postal series, which was publicly decried by Senator Joe Lieberman and other critics due to its extreme violence.

Running With Scissors was founded in 1996, as a new company devoted to developing mature entertainment products. Some of the founding members were previously employed at Riedel Software Productions, which focused on developing children's games.

Their first game, Postal, was released in 1997, and in April 2003, Running With Scissors released a sequel, Postal 2,[1] featuring ex-child actor Gary Coleman.[2] The game featured many jokes at Senator Lieberman's expense and also featured enemies modeled upon Osama bin Laden.

In December 2011, Postal III, a sequel to Postal 2, was developed in cooperation with TrashMasters Studios and released by Akella. Upon release, the game faced mostly negative reviews from the press,[3] and was distanced from by Running With Scissors.[4]

In November 2012, Postal 2 was released on the Steam client.

In June 2014, Running With Scissors announced an add-on for Postal 2, entitled Paradise Lost, which was released on April 17, 2015.[5]

In February 2016, Running With Scissors announced that the original Postal game was being remade under the name of Postal Redux. It uses the Unreal Engine 4 and was released on May 20, 2016 for Microsoft Windows. The PlayStation 4 version was later cancelled.[6]

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  1. ^ Arendt, Susan (October 29, 2007). "Special Edition Marks Postal's Tenth Anniversary". Wired. Condé Nast. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  2. ^ Olafson, Peter (March 31, 2004). "Learning to love mass murder". Salon. Salon Media Group. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  3. ^ "Postal III Critic Reviews for PC". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  4. ^ "Q&A Interview: Running With Scissors Inc. CEO Vince Desi". The Life Critic. April 5, 2013. Archived from the original on April 26, 2014. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  5. ^ Brown, Fraser (April 8, 2015). "Postal 2 is getting another expansion, 12 years after it launched". PCGamesN. Network N. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
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