Yep, 2020 is over, and the very first day of 2021 has now arrived. So I only find it suiting to start off the new year with a brand-new interview (don’t you think?).

Well, this time I got a hold of Vince Desi (the CEO of RWS) and Mike Jaret (the Chief Bidet officer at RWS) from the Running with Scissors camp (I didn’t even have to wave a gun at them either! As both of them agreed to the interview out of their own free will. I swear, it’s the truth!).

Anyways, during our little sit-down interview section (don’t miss out on our 2016 RWS amd 2019 RWS interview!) we talked about everything from the history of how RWS came to be, the rise of the original “Postal” game, “Postal Redux“, “Postal 4“, RWS plans for the future, and their thoughts on censorship and cancel culture (I even managed to squeeze in some info about “POSTAL: Brain Damagedat the very end of the interview).

So with that said, please enjoy our interview with Running with Scissors boys and girls =)

interview with running with scissors postal

The original “Postal” was released back in September of 1997, and the game put Running with scissors on the big gaming world map as “Postal” caused a lot of “controversy” due to its violent content and nature. So much so, as a matter of fact, that “Postal” even got banned (and are still banned) in some nations (such as Germany and Australia).

Robin TGG
Right off the bat, thank you so much for taking your time to do this interview with us =) And with that said, please go ahead and introduce yourself to our readers.

Vince RWS
I’m Vince Desi (VD), I run Running WIth Scissors.

MikeJ RWS
This is MikeJ (MJ), I am the Chief Bidet Officer at RWS!

running with scissors vince desi and mike jaret

Say hello to Vince Desi (the CEO of RWS) and Mike Jaret (the Chief Bidet officer at RWS).

Robin TGG
You know, now that I think about it. It’s pretty crazy how fast time goes sometimes, because as you might remember. I did an interview with you back in 2016, and another one with you back in 2019. So with that fresh in mind, could you perhaps tell us a bit about what Running with Scissors is all about? 

Vince RWS
From the very beginning in 1996 RWS has always been about having FUN. The pure essence of gaming of any kind is to have fun, we just do it a little different, a little wackier. We’ve remained independent, it’s the only way we can protect our creativity and give our fans what they want.

MikeJ RWS
For me, it is something I knew about in high school, and was kind of thrown into when I was 20 years old….19 years later I am still here making this crazy shit…its a fuckin lifestyle!

running with scissors the rws team

The RWS team is a rather colorful, open-minded, loud, and expressive bunch of people (which you can clearly see in this wonderful picture which you got in front of you right now).

Robin TGG
And while on the topic of RWS past, how the studio got started? Since not everyone might have read our previous interviews with RWS.

Vince RWS
RWS was born from a group of devs that were working on kids’ games at a company called RSP. We founded RWS for the sole purpose of making new mature games that we wanted to play ourselves. POSTAL reflected reality and society in general and I felt it was time to have some fun and humor, and to move beyond the obvious aliens and zombies of the times.

MikeJ RWS
RWS started before my time, but I have helped put the studio back together on a few different occasions, the most recent iteration came 100% from the fan community after we got POSTAL 1 & 2 on Steam back in 2012. This shit has really become a cult classic!

postal 4 no regerts

The last time that we did an interview with RWS was back in November of 2019, and quite a lot of things have happened at RWS and in the world at large. For example, “Postal 4” has come a very long way since it’s Early Access release via Steam over one year ago (October of 2019 to be exact).

Robin TGG
The last time that we talked (which was back in 2019) your main focus was on ”Postal 4: No Regerts”. Well, the Early Access version of ”Postal 4” launched back in October of 2019, so how have things gone since then? And what have the response been like from the gaming media and the players?

Vince RWS
WOW WOW WOW, we are blessed with the greatest fans in the world, they have supported us from the very beginning and they are our #1 motivation. Even the Media, which historically hasn’t been “kind” is giving us applause. I thank everyone for its success.

MikeJ RWS
POSTAL 4……is a long-awaited dream come true for us. We got it out on a shoestring after years of trial and error, and have since expanded the team by over double and the game is truly becoming something we didn’t know was possible….THANK YOU to everyone who has helped in any way!

postal 4 no regerts dream of scooter fournication

RWS has released quite a few updates for “Postal 4” since it’s 2019 release, and some of those updates include crazy update releases such as “Dream of Scooter Fournication”, “Tread lightly” and “Frames, flares and feet”.

Robin TGG
Not so long ago you released “Dream of Scooter Fournication”, “Tread lightly” and “Frames, flares and feet” update for ”Postal 4”. Well, are you happy with how the updates turned out? And did your players enjoy the updates? 

Vince RWS
We’ve worked very hard to maintain regular updates beyond each new release.  Our fans deserve the best, and they have been very complimentary and supportive along the way.  You know, now that I think about how you now can walk in your piss or poured gasoline, I’m laughing just answering this question.

MikeJ RWS
Giving people an update that ACTUALLY helped performance a lot was a huge load off our backs, bad performance is always a drag, especially for the people who paid for it. We still have a long way to go……but we are getting there! Giving people constant updates is what makes Early Access a cool experience, anyone who doesn’t update their game is robbing gamers of the development experience!

postal 4 no regerts burn baby burn

“Postal Dude already ran for President and many would say the world would be better if he was real and actually was in charge.” – RWS on the US 2020 election situation – 2021

Robin TGG
Aren’t you guys very tempted to add some content to ”Postal 4” that has something to do with the US 2020 elections? And do you have some other future content ideas in mind for ”Postal 4”?

Vince RWS
In the past, the Postal Dude already ran for President and many would say the world would be better if he was real and actually was in charge. I think more than ever in my lifetime the media is full of shit and many people are beyond sick and tired of politics. I think letting POSTAL 4 simply be itself and provide an opportunity for pressure release, no need to jump into the fire.

MikeJ RWS
Obviously, we have plenty of ideas……the game isn’t fully done yet….but since I am the Mayor of Edensin, I would like to sell you a bidet!

postal redux pc

Not everyone might agree with me now, but I think that “POSTAL Redux” is the best “Postal” release so far in the series (I’ve spent endless hours on the PC-version since its 2016 Steam release).

Robin TGG
I’ve been enjoying ” POSTAL Redux” for quite some time on PC now, and in my opinion, it’s one of the best games that you’ve ever made. So with that said, I could be wrong now, but hasn’t ”Postal” remained a PC-title since the 90s? I recall that there were some talks about releasing ”Postal” to the PS1 back in the days, but it never happened. I have a slight memory of a mobile release of ”Postal” though.

Vince RWS
Yes, in the early days, the original plan was to have it released on all the consoles but, sadly the politics and media back then used us and POSTAL as a scapegoat to protect the game industry. We didn’t have the luxury of a big publisher funding us or having our back. On mobile years ago was a Postal Babes game, and the original was made for Android a long time ago. You can get it on our site www.gopostal.com

MikeJ RWS
POSTAL has been a PC-only title (aside from the android port and a couple of other mobile games)….but that is not for lack of wanting. The goal has ALWAYS been to have the game on console, and here we are!

postal redux nintendo switch

Who would have thought in a million years that “POSTAL Redux” would get a release to the Nintendo Switch in the current year? (2020) I for one got caught completely off guard when “POSTAL Redux” got announced out of nowhere for the Nintendo Switch (which it did back in October of 2020).

Robin TGG
And that also leads us up to my follow-up question on the same subject. To my big surprise, out of absolutely nowhere, you just recently announced that “POSTAL Redux” is coming to the Nintendo Switch on October 16th (2020). So, how exactly did that happen?

Because Nintendo isn’t exactly well-known for allowing games of that kind on their platform, and how comes that you ended up releasing “POSTAL Redux” on the Nintendo Switch and no the PS4 or Xbox One?

Vince RWS
Surprise Surprise hahajaja…Nintendo has always been a leader in gaming for over a hundred years running, For many years the fans have been asking to have our games on console.  WE ARE HONORED to have POSTAL REDUX on the Switch.

MikeJ RWS
We are currently waiting for MS and SONY approval for POSTAL Redux….So, cross your dicks!

postal redux nintendo switch the fire starter

RWS claims that the Nintendo Switch version of “POSTAL Redux” is pretty much identical to the original PC-version. Well, based on the current Nintendo Switch reviews of the game, that sounds about right.

Robin TGG
Will there be a big difference between the PC-version and the Nintendo Switch version of “POSTAL Redux”? And will the game offer anything new on the Switch? Or is it just a plain simple Switch port?

Vince RWS
It’s pretty much identical to the original, we are very pleased with the Switch version.  Playing it on your 60” TV screen is fuckin awesome, the hand-painted backgrounds look amazing.

MikeJ RWS
Like Vince said…..Playing it on a 60″ tv with the Switch Pro Controller is an absolute delight! It won’t include co-op out of the gate, Co-op and a physical copy is potentially in the cards after launch!

postal redux nintendo switch when death calls

The Nintendo Switch version of “Postal Redux” is 100% uncut and uncensored according to RWS, and based on the pictures and gameplay videos that I’ve seen of “Postal Redux” for the Nintendo Switch, that seems to be a very accurate and truthful statement.

Robin TGG
Just out of pure curiosity, will the Nintendo Switch version of ” POSTAL Redux” be toned down or censored in any kind of way?

Vince RWS
POSTAL is about fun and relentless gameplay, there never really was anything about it that should have been censored. 100% Go Postal!

MikeJ RWS
Uncut and Uncensored……All the POSTAL foreskin for you!

postal 4 no regerts the postal dude

RWS has stated that maybe, just “maybe” there will be a PS5, PS4, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X release of ”Postal 4” and“POSTAL Redux” in the near future. However, it’s all up to Sony and Microsoft to make all of this happen. So only time will tell if how all of this will turn out in the end…

Robin TGG
Do you have any plans at all to release ”Postal 4” or “POSTAL Redux” to the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X consoles? If so, do you think that it’s something that could happen during 2021?

Vince RWS
YES YES and YES, the world is ready,

MikeJ RWS
100%…….100 PERCENT!

postal 4 no regerts jon st john the postal dude

That’s right Jon St. John (who’s most well-known for being the voice of Duke Nukem) is now the voice of the Postal dude in “Postal 4”.

Robin TGG
What’s it been like to work with Jon St. John (the voice of Duke Nukem) since his now the voice of the Postal Dude in ”Postal 4”? And do you plan to work more with Jon in the near future?

Vince RWS
The Postal Dude over the years has had different voice actors. I’ve always felt an important part of the PDude character is that he is anonymous. It’s great that the professional voice actor JSJ joined us for Postal 4.

MikeJ RWS
He’s a funny guy, and loves the character. There is plenty of POSTAL 4 left for him to record so…..be ready!

postal brain damaged

The full version of “Postal 4” is said to launch in the summer of 2021. That’s just the half of it though, because the “Postal” spin-off game “POSTAL: Brain Damaged” (it’s an upcoming RWS FPS title that’s in the making for PC) is also set for a 2021 release (the game is being developed by Hyperstrange and CreativeForge Games).

Robin TGG
Since it’s now 2021, you don’t happen to know when we will get a chance to play the full version of ”Postal 4”?

Vince RWS
We’re on schedule to have the full 1.0 release by summer ‘21. POSTAL 4 is structured on a weekly schedule, so next up is Wednesday, and trust me when I say you ain’t seen nothing yet.

MikeJ RWS
WEDNESDAY is next my man…..You’re waiting for WEDNESDAY….not the full game 🙂

postal 4 no regerts here comes the pain

RWS has been anti-censorship, cancel culture, PC/SJW/Feminazi madness for over 23-years time now, and it really shows in everything which they do (which includes everything from game development, social media, their streams, and so on).

Robin TGG
Now it’s time for me to turn up the heat a couple of notches. So, what’s your stance on PC/SJW madness in the current year? And feel free to chip in on BLM and US politics (the US 2020 election) if you want to.

Vince RWS
I’m a BIG believer in the 1st Amendment (Freedom of Speech, Religion, Peaceful Assembly…) and the 2nd Amendment (Right to bear arms). As a company, RWS has been discriminated against and POSTAL has been ‘banned and blacklisted’ yet it was the title that was presented to the Supreme Court in defense of our industry, and helped win and secure the freedom to make and sell games (I am forever honored). I enjoy my political independence and have no time for PC/SJW BS.

MikeJ RWS
Screw the haters….Everyone can play POSTAL…..like it or hate it…….

gog caves into chinas demands to cancel devotion

Not so long ago GOG made a public statement that they won’t sell the award-winning Taiwanese horror game “Devotion” on their site anymore. Well, pretty much everyone called GOG out for this, because anyone with a fully functional brain knows that GOG was anything but truthful with their statement…That’s also why GOG lost the respect and trust of Gamers all over the world (the truth of the matter is that GOG bended-over to China’s will, demands, and money).

Robin TGG
What are your thoughts on cancel culture and censorship in the games industry? And what do you think we (gamers, game publishers, and game developers) could do to battle it?

Source:
https://archive.is/DiRW2
https://archive.is/tKdaEh
ttps://www.theguardian.com/games/2020/dec/17/taiwanese-horror-game-pulled-from-sale-again-after-backlash-in-china

Vince RWS
As a creative person who earns a living and supports many families being independent while still respecting those, I may disagree with I’m all for open-minded discussions. Cancel culture is Censorship. Personally, and I’ve always held this principle in our games-no abuse towards women and children, No excuses. Castrate rapists and pedos prior to execution.

MikeJ RWS
Make what you want to make, the people trying to cancel you will eventually go away…..just ignore them…. it’s like trying to fight piracy (GOOD LUCK).

running with scissors 2020

Believe it or not, but it’s now actually the year 2021! And if you didn’t already know it, RWS is turning 25-years old this year, because the company was originally founded back in 1996.

Robin TGG
And now for our very final interview question for this time, what are your plans, hopes, and expectations for the rest of the year? And is there anything else that you would like to say to our readers before we wrap this interview up?

Vince RWS
I would like to thank all our fans and wish everyone a healthy and prosperous life. Love your neighbor, and your life will find its purpose.

MikeJ RWS
I just want to get a vasectomy…..is that too much to ask?

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