People joke about "Postal" these days (Uwe Boll's film adaptation didn't help). But "Postal" used to seriously push the boundaries of accepted interactive violence, which is why "Postal 2" is apparently being included in Sweden's Nobel Museum as part of the “Freedom of Speech: How Free is Free?” exhibit.
"Postal" is a joke the game's developers are in on. The "Postal" series has always tried to push people's buttons, figuring no news is bad news and if no one else is willing to make a game that allows players to urinate on characters, they will.
It's this penchant for controversy that landed "Postal 2" in the “Freedom of Speech: How Free is Free?” exhibit at Swedens's Nobel Museum -- the museum used to showcase Nobel Prize winners -- according to the latest newsletter from "Postal" developer Running With Scissors.
The exhibit description, according to the Nobel Museum website:
"The freedom to express oneself freely and critically is a human right and a condition for democracy. But through history people have been deprived this right through censorship and oppression. Despite this there are individuals continuously fighting for the freedom of expression. Where do they find the strength to keep on fighting? With freedom of expression comes a responsibility. What happens when freedom of expression is used as protection to spread prejudices and messages of hate? Should freedom of expression include as well racist and insulting expressions?"
Running With Scissors gave permission to curator Fredrik Skog to include "Postal 2" in a section that focuses on censorship in games. "Having something of a heavy crush on freedom of speech ourselves," said the company in its newsletter, "RWS was only too happy to cooperate, brushing away any copyright issues and even providing the museum with cover art from the game."
We've contacted the Nobel Museum for a list of what other games will be included alongside "Postal 2," but "Grand Theft Auto" seems a likely candidate.
Until we hear back, let's speculate: what other games would you expect to see in an exhibit about freedom of speech?
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