Banned Game "Postal 2" Illegally Available on Steam

Steam, the leading digital distribution platform on PCs, has recently made the game "Postal 2" available for sale to New Zealanders, after it was approved for release by the community through the Steam Greenlight program.

Postal 2, which originally released in 2003, is a first-person shooter game that lampoons social convention. In it, players are able to perform violent and denigrating actions on "innocent" members of the public and even animals, including burning them alive and urinating on them. The game was also accused of being racist, homophobic, and otherwise generally offensive.

Postal 2 was classified as objectionable by the Office of Film & Literature Classification in New Zealand in 2004, making it illegal to supply, distribute, or possess the game in this country. This includes digital copies of the game, and digital distribution - even by organizations that are not based in New Zealand - is similarly against the law.

Distributing the game in New Zealand means that Valve, who own the Steam platform, could face fines of up to $200,000 if they know it's illegal to sell the game here or up to $30,000 if they don't. People in New Zealand who possess the game, meanwhile, could face fines of up to $50,000 or 5 years imprisonment if they're aware of its objectionable classification, or a fine of up to $2,000 if they're not.

The Steam software, including the website for the service, supports regional restrictions on software availability; Manhunt, for example, which is similarly banned in New Zealand, cannot be purchased by gamers in this country - despite the fact that Steam users in other countries are able to buy the game.

Valve could not be reached for comment at the time of writing; we'll update this story should they respond or take any action regarding the game's availability.



 

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Comments Comments (4)

 
Posted by Scuba_Steve
On Wednesday 7 Nov 2012 8:15 PM
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the ratings a bit ancient now tho, realistically our idiots [read: censors] should just allow it. Saw, Hostel, & the likes are allowed here & postal is quite tame considering
 
 
 
Posted by promaori
On Wednesday 7 Nov 2012 8:17 PM
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NZ should harden up. This game, even though it's highly objectionable, should be made illegal to purchase legally or be made available for purchase to New Zealanders. Possessing it, shouldn't be made illegal. If you obtain the game somehow with it being illegal to purchase anyway, should be a case of copyright infringement, since you haven't purchase the right to own a copy. What an archaic way to gain revenue.
 
 
 
Posted by Munkah
On Wednesday 7 Nov 2012 10:38 PM
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5 years imprisonment - yeah, lock all those dangerous gamers up for innocently playing games in their room and not harming anyone in any way, shape, or form!
 
 
 
FlutterBorn
Posted by FlutterBorn
On Saturday 10 Jan 2015 9:21 PM
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7 November 2012, 10:38 PM Reply to Munkah
5 years imprisonment - yeah, lock all those dangerous gamers up for innocently playing games in their room and not harming anyone in any way, shape, or form!
Brohoof bro /)