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« on: December 03, 2013, 06:34:47 PM »
Indie Spotlight featuring Indie Game Development
As you are all well aware we are working on fresh paint for POSTAL 2. You have asked several times when will it be out and we have been promising faithfully that it will be out by [muffled snarfs and mutters]. The reason why it is taking a little longer than expected is because game development isn't quite as easy as you may think. There is the design, the coding, the modeling, the bugs and trouble shooting, the cursing when you discover the bugs and trouble are worse than you expected, the recoding, the redesigning and a whole slew of other things that take a lot of time and quite a considerable amount of funding. Most of you just see the finished product and likely don't think too much about the trials and tribulations which the backend staff struggles through to make the games you love actually function. If by chance you do think about these things and are itching to give it a try yourself but just have no idea where to begin or how to even attempt to fathom how to begin, just keep reading. Today in this special Game Development Feature I am going to talk about two applications which may just enhance your understanding of the game making process and could also help you on your way to making your first game. If you do make a game, and it becomes a hit on Steam, remember who set you up for it won't you? Might even get in the Indie Spotlight yourself!, but enough daydreamimg for now, time to get in to the nitty gritty so to speak.
First off I would like to talk about a small, simple looking game that is actually much bigger than it looks. Game Dev Tycoon:
In this game you start out in your garage working on your startup game company way back before consoles even existed. You need to think about what kind of game you want to make, what theme, what device it will be created for. Do you want graphics? Do you want sound? How much time should you put into working on the dialogue or the level designs? Should you do contract work? What technology should you research? All this and more requires decisions, selection and management as you attempt to make your own hit game. Meanwhile you must be careful not to go bankrupt grabbing all the goodies you figure you will need. Once you do make it big with a hit game (and remember to pay my gratuity), you can branch out, move to a better place and afford to hire people to help you. Keep going until you reach the top!
Before I say any more on Game Dev Tycoon, let's here what they have to say about themselves other than their proclamation that they are the sexiest, most awesome indie team around.
About the Game
In Game Dev Tycoon you replay the history of the gaming industry by starting your own video game development company in the 80s. Create best selling games. Research new technologies and invent new game types. Become the leader of the market and gain worldwide fans.
A journey through gaming history
Start in the 80s
Start your adventure in a small garage office in the 80s. Enjoy the hand-crafted level design while you develop your first simple games. Gain experience, unlock new options and create your first game engine.
Create games your way
In Game Dev Tycoon the decisions you make during development really matter. Decide which areas you want to focus on. Does your game need more gameplay or should you focus more on quests? These decisions will have a major impact on the success of your game.
Grow your company
Once you have successfully released a few games you can move into your own office and forge a world-class development team. Hire staff, train them and unlock new options.
Make larger more complex games
With experience and a good team, you can release larger, more complex games. Larger games bring new challenges and you will have to manage your team well to deliver hit games.
Start a game development company in the 80s
Design and create games
Research new technologies
Create custom game engines
Move into bigger offices
Forge a world-class development team
Unlock secret labs
Conduct industry changing products
Includes Trading Cards
Website - http://www.greenheartgames.com/app/game-dev-tycoon/
Forums - http://forum.greenheartgames.com/
Steam Page - http://store.steampowered.com/app/239820
The full game has many more features which are not listed here to prevent spoilers.
You can see what I mean when I say it is a simple looking game but the game is actually much bigger than it looks. It's sort of the story of its own developers although amazingly, they only opened their doors in 2012. Greenheart Games was founded by a team of two brothers who were obviously dedicated to each other and their project. It's kind of inspiring when you think about it. Ready for the attempt to release your own hit game? Well then stay tuned to the next part of this post!
There are a few programs out there that will hold your hand and help you make your own game using their engine. There is UDK like POSTAL 2 uses which lets you make shooter style games freely, however you have to pay a hefty licensing fee if you go commercial with it. It's a great tool for making a shooter though and it isn't that hard to learn, just takes a lot of work to master it.
If you do a search on Steam there are a few other game development tools you can try, however, their price tags are kind of steep for someone just sticking their toe in the game development waters. They pretty much all have free versions that allow you to sample the game development tool but the tool itself is almost certainly crippled. It generally lacks major features and is usually very limiting on what can be done with it. That's all understandable and not meant as criticism. They need their dues to stay in business themselves and it was a lot of hard work to make those tools. One of these tools actually has a much more affordable price tag than the rest. It comes with everything you require to make your first game. Once you are familiar with the tool you can opt to expand it with DLC that gives you additional tilesets, music, and other enhancements to make your next game even better than your first. This tool is called RPG Maker VX Ace and is presently available for only $69.99 (or less if you find it on sale). That's right, approximately the cost of purchasing one pre-made game and it lets you make an unlimited amount of classic Role-Playing Games! Quite the bargain!
About the Software
Simple Enough for a Child; Powerful Enough for a Developer
RPG Maker VX Ace improves every aspect of RPG creation, making it not only the latest, but also the greatest engine in the RPG Maker Series. With multiple tileset support, full auto-shadow control, and a flexible features system, Ace gives you the most powerful RPG making tools ever.
Ace provides all the tools you will need to make the game you've always dreamed of. Make your game, your way with all the following features:
An enhanced map editor to build your world.
A Character/Enemy/Skill/Equipment Database with a new powerful, flexible Features system.
New event options, including playing Ogg Theora video.
Expanded default resources, including a built in Character Generator to form your own custom sprites and faces.
Simple, Powerful Tools
RPG Make VX Ace enhances RPG making with several powerful new tools. We have never offered a product before now that allowed such flexibility to the user without the need for any coding knowledge. These new tools are not only flexible, but also incredibly simple to learn and use, being accessed through a simple point and click interface.
Enhanced Default Graphics
RPG Maker VX Ace features a largely expanded collection of graphics resources, with 4 included tilesets and downed sprites included, on top of many new sprites. Ace also has the advantage of being compatible with all existing fan made RPG Maker VX resources right out of the box.
Export Your Game
So you've finished your project and you are ready for others to experience your unique RPG. Export your game to a portable EXE file that can be played on ANY Windows system. Share it with your friends, your family, or even the internet!
Website - http://www.rpgmakerweb.com/products/programs/rpg-maker-vx-ace
Forums - http://forums.rpgmakerweb.com/
Steam Page - http://store.steampowered.com/app/220700/
I've been playing around in RPG Maker VX Ace trying to make my own little RPG. So far it's going quite smoothly. For the relatively easy time I’ve been having with it, I have to give thanks for all the guides available to me that were made by other RPG Maker owners. Who knows, maybe I'll even make a POSTAL RPG. Now that could be very interesting! Maybe remake POSTAL 2 in a JRPG style! You can do more Western style too, however, you need some of the DLC for that.
When you first open RPG Maker VX Ace, it looks like a copy of Word so the first thing I did was close it thinking I opened the wrong application. Then when it opened to Word again I realized, hey wait a minute, this is RPG Maker, now what do I do? Well since it looks like Word, I clicked where File usually is in Word and looked for New and sure enough it was there. New Project. So I used my usual amazingly highly creative mind and made my first project "Test #1". Once I did that I was given a small watery square with a few small icons in the box next to it and a pathetically drowned person right in the middle of it all. I built some land under the poor fellow and soon I was underway designing my homey little island. It was pretty simple to design everything the way I wanted it. They are right when they say that anyone can do it even someone who has no idea how to program their
DVR can likely pick it up and make themselves a simple game. Once you are really familiar with the workings, you can break out the scripting tool (not available in the Lite version) and begin making your own scripts. If you are more familiar with Eclipse IDE you can even use that to make the scripts and import them into RPG Maker. There is a guide for that too! Speaking of external programs, if you are making a custom map and the water or some other element just doesn't look quite right to you, you can easily edit the tile sheets in your favourite graphics manipulation program that supports transparency and have it conform to the shape you need. You can then import it back in to RPG Maker. It's that simple and there is even a guide for that if you need help. Really the only limitations I can think of for RPG Maker VX Ace is user creativity. Needless to say I have sunk quite a few studious but pleasurable hours into making my own little demo RPG. Now that I have used it to learn what I needed to know, it is time to sit down and seriously think about making my first RPG! See you in the Steam Greenlight process some day!
You know what really makes or breaks some games? Much like Game Dev Tycoon emphasizes, it is the reviews they receive once they are released. With Steam's new review system we are happy to see that POSTAL 2 is still well reviewed other than by a few miserable people who shall remain nameless and friendless. Why not pop on over check out the new Steam feature and write a nice public review stating how awesome POSTAL 2 is and how fantastic it is that it will soon be getting a free DLC. That's something I can hardly wait for myself.
Well that is really all I have to say about Game Dev Tycoon and RPG Maker VX Ace for now as I am eager to get back in to both them and also getting back to working on POSTAL 2's first DLC!
« on: November 27, 2013, 05:02:13 PM »
UPDATED CYBER MONDAY only, get 40% Off everything in our store!
CYBERMONDAY EDIT: After the weirdness on Friday with our sale we are trying again today for Cyber Monday! Enter cybersex in to the coupon slot to save 40% off your entire order!
Edit: OH NO!!! Looks like some of those darn protesters outside of our office sneaked in and disabled our sale! To make it up to you we have increased it to 40% off! Just enter fudgesale to get 40% off your orders for the rest of the day! We will also try again on Cyber Monday!
What is the one day of the year that an overwhelming number of ordinarily calm or quiet people are bound to lose it and go a little POSTAL? Could it be console launch days? Sure, there usually is a bit of violence then to add to the excitement, but that isn’t exactly an annual thing. We are talking about the day when there is usually sweet music playing, the morning may be brisk and clear and there might even be a bit of electricity in the air (most likely from a taser discharge). We’re talking Black Friday! This Friday in the United States (and other copycat countries like Canada) is Black Friday. Black Friday tends to be the day when stores put on what they claim is their very best sales. People start lining up sometimes in the freezing cold or bitter storms of the night before just so they can be first to trample the poor sap who opens the store’s doors in the morning. There are even cases where people who just couldn’t wait any longer have busted their way through the doors in a spray of flying glass and screeching metal. If just trying to get inside in one piece through the pushing and shoving isn’t dangerous enough, there have been incidents of fist fights, pepper spray and gun violence in of all places, toy stores. Parents kill each other in the attempt to snatch up the last discounted hot toy of the season before it is sold out. Don’t mind the red on your toy Billy, that just means it’s the special limited edition! Not to be outdone, online retailers made their own sale called Cyber Monday. It’s pretty much Black Friday on the following Monday with the added bonus that you will make it out alive and unscathed if you wait and shop then.
Anyway after making a list and checking it twice, we have come up with the crazy idea of having our own Black Friday sale. That's right! All day Friday November 29th you can enter the promotional code fudgesale
and receive a whopping
30% 40% off items in our web store.
To claim the code all you have to is head to our store, put everything you want in your cart and hit checkout
, make a store account if you don’t already have one and then hit the log in button on the left
. Once you click there you can enter the code
and your sign in information and you are done with the coupon. Now just complete the transaction and wait for it to arrive!
Now is the time to get that Krotchy doll you have been eyeing. You might even want to stock up with a few to give as gifts.
Want that Street Sign to cover that nasty hole you punched in your wall? Go for it!
Been debating all this time which of the two colors of t-shirts to get? No need to decide now, just get both!
Afraid of Steam? Get the Fudge Pack!
The DVD and Blu-ray in our store are already extremely cheap, but now they are even cheaper!
You have no excuse now not to buy our exclusive and exceptional merchandise! You are not likely to find it at a lower price anywhere else.
With all the money you save at our store you can go ahead and score copies of POSTAL
and/or POSTAL 2
for 66% off on Steam until December 3rd for yourself and your friends. Just look at all the savings! Don’t forget that POSTAL 2 will soon see its first DLC, so now is the time to get POSTAL 2! We may be setting a record here with that too! Be part of history!
We hope you appreciate that by having this sale we are just doing our part to make the world a less violent place. It keeps you safe at home and helps to make sure we have a better chance to be the first ones through the door on Black Friday!
Just a reminder it's this Friday only: Enter the promo code fudgesale
and receive a whopping
30% 40% off items in our web store
. Click any of the images above to get started!
« on: November 23, 2013, 03:01:21 PM »
In Memory of Mercedes Zavala
For it was beyond question, in every way, Mercedes Zavala – our Goddess – was a true Lady.
It is with an indescribable sadness we must regretfully inform family, friend and fan, alike, that our Goddess – our family, friend and most ardent fan – Mercedes Zavala, was suddenly and inexplicably taken from us by a stroke on Sunday, November 17, 2013.
She was an integral part of our founding and inspiring muse mentoring our success. She was a cherished friend to each and every one of us.
Whether you're aware of her innumerable contributions by name, we assure you that you've read her writing, heard her voice and, if you were very, very fortunate, met her at any number of industry and production events in which Running With Scissors participated.
Mercedes was an original RWS Sister from 1997. She worked as an assistant to our Editor in Chief, Bill Kunkel, aka: “The Game Doctor.” Over these past seventeen years, Mercedes has served RWS in many marketing roles, from writing to producing major events. Most important of all, it must be said, was her infinitely positive attitude and fiercely loyal support throughout the worst of times. She was a relentless supporter of independent thinking and free choice, and it showed in every aspect of her professional and private relationship with the purveyors of all things POSTAL.
You see, Mercedes was a Force of Nature in her own right, and undoubtedly posed a threat to the status quo of the quo of status. Mercedes entering a room had the same effect on we lesser beings as those kids in Caddyshack have during the pool scene; pathetically sucking in their guts to try to be worthy of a passing goddess.
But Mercedes' beauty did not stop at her searingly gorgeous exterior, for her wicked intellect made her a living backstage pass to worlds both ribald and refined – a sort of cultural attache to the perpetually warring states of Naughty and Nice.
We love you, Mercedes. Thank you for loving us. We shall miss you every day of our lives.
Mercedes has been added to our Memorial Page,
a page dedicated to those members of our RWS Family that have passed on.
« on: November 21, 2013, 08:35:29 PM »
Over the years Running With Scissors has came in contact and worked with all sorts of funny, crazy, wonderful people. Many of these people became like a second family member to us. Time moves on though and through the years we have lost several very valuable members of that family. With this in mind we have decided to start an “In Memoriam
” page. It will give a brief description of the person who has passed and the role they played with RWS and how they touched our life. We hope this page will not only honor those we have lost but bring back some of the happy memories of time well spent together.
« on: November 14, 2013, 04:56:44 PM »
Fan Spotlight: A.D.A.M. The Threat of Existence
We really appreciate hearing from our fans. Since we can't play POSTAL twenty-four hours a day no matter how much we would like to, it can be interesting to be kept up-to-date on what fills in their time between games of POSTAL. We just heard from Adam, a gamer from the UK, that he is lucky enough to own all the POSTAL series. When Adam is not hanging out with The Dude, he enjoys writing, singing and playing Metal music. He has written and arranged his music so that if it is listened to in sequence from first song to last, it tells a story. Adam claims that some of his inspiration came from Postal Dudes diary in POSTAL 1. It's always good to be spreading our influence in a positive away. Check out Adam's story below and click on the links to hear the related songs.
Recorded and released by Spadley Records on November 9th 2013. This is a concept album loosing based on the Postal series and Batman Begins about [Adam] in an alternate reality.
The album is about Adam from a different reality. At the start of the story, he is on the verge of going insane caused by the people who made him that way from the town in which he grew up, he starts to get dreams that death will be coming ("Disgraced"). Adam at first, disregards his visions but after looking back from the years of oppression brought by liars and users ("Hate Train") starts to realise that the town's population has become too bitter, twisted and narcissistic for him and tries to make out what the visions are trying to tell him ("Dead to Me").
Adam discovers that from his point of view, he has played as the Savior for everybody for too long whilst from everybody else's point of view; Adam is merely a scapegoat whose image is easily destroyable. Either way, it's war ("Your Savior"). At this point, he understands the reality that this will be never ending unless if something happens ("Sold").
Adam is now convinced that the town is under some form of madness plague and is in need of neutralisation and awakens the darker side of himself ("The Enemy Within") and sets off to steal something only known as weapon X which will be able to restore the balance of justice. ("Hypnotized")
Adam then starts to reflect on everything that has lead up to this point knowing that the town and it's people is beyond saving and will have to face death ("The Calming Before The Storm"). The table has spun now that Adam is playing God towards the people who have played God for years and deploys weapon X ("Into the Void"). Adam is able to escape and restore the balance of justice whilst the town and its people ultimately burn away ("Bleed").
Want to get featured in our Fan Spotlight? Submit your fan creations and you might just get selected for our next Fan Spotlight!
« on: November 07, 2013, 05:09:05 PM »
This Week in Paradise
Time for another chapter of the infinitely popular "This Week in Paradise". Actually it's more like This Month in Paradise as it's been a while since we did one of these posts. There is quite a bit of useful and new information to get through so I'll try to keep it brief.
First off we just want to say Happy Birthday to Toploader! Hope you have a great day!
Next up, if you missed it when it was posted to the Steam Community we released some details on the upcoming POSTAL 2 DLC.
So, first DLC / Patch info.
We have a lot cooking for POSTAL 2 in the coming months. While I'd love to copy and paste our road map here for you all to mull over, we figured it would probably be more sensible to at first to only inform you of the additions we have up and running right now at our end.
So this is only a small part of what we have planned. We are basing our updates on fan feedback and requests. Feel free to leave your own in the comments below.
All updates will hit Steam first and be for Windows, Mac and Linux. All updates will come to non Steam versions too in time.
The fact there are around 70 achievements has already been reported. For non Steam versions they will also be available via an in game system (optional).
So we added and fixed some of the video options:
-Added V-Sync option
-Added Widescreen Stretch toggle Option
-Added FOV option
-Fixed widescreen stretching issues regarding various things such as the map screen, hud and police wanted bar.
Now, for those wondering why we've been dragging our heels with the Achievements, it's because first we needed to work in a little something called:
A week in Paradise (AWP)
The big, and probably not totally surprising first bit of news is that we are incorporating POSTAL 2 and it's add-on, Apocalypse weekend into one game. This is of course based off of the free mod that's been around for many years, many if you will know exactly what it is but for those that don't, I'll summarize:
As well as being able to pick either game to start from, you'll also be able to pick a new 'A week in Paradise' option that will allow you to play the entire game through in one sitting. It will also add dismemberment to the entire game as well as the the 3 AW weapons.
We will also be including many weapons from the Eternal Damnation mod, so far confirmed are the ones that were part of the original AWP Mod, so the Chainsaw, Flamethrower, Baseball bat and Knuckle Dusters. Maybe more to come.
Fans of this mod will no doubt welcome this news as it means they'll not have to jump hoops to get Steam to track playtime, but also means it will all be there in Mac and Linux too out the box. Those that have never played it will get to enjoy POSTAL 2 at its best.
This is pretty much just us getting warmed up, and we'll provide further news on coming updates as and when we have them fully implemented and working our end. The AWP and achievements will make up a bulk of the first update, although there will be more.
Stay tuned and thanks as always for the support.
There is plenty more information where that came from and its all exciting, we just don't feel like sharing it right now. So stay tuned!
There is a sweet new POSTAL Babe, Trixy
who you can check out by clicking her name.
We now have POSTAL: The Movie
in stock in our webstore and it is only $5 for the DVD or Blu-ray! If you like funny, the first few minutes of that movie alone are worth twice the price!
Tempesta released a Death Metal tribute video that will have your heart throbbing and your blood pounding. You can check that out below:
Both SMOSH and PEWDIEPIE gave their takes on POSTAL 2:
Last thing we should mention is it isn't too late to get in on your chance to win a key for Ethan: Meteor Hunter for either PS3 or PC.
« on: October 31, 2013, 10:40:46 AM »
Indie Spotlight: Gravi
There is another game that we would like to highlight. It's another puzzle platformer, this time instead of using Meteor fueled time mechanics, it uses gravity and size manipulation. Gravi by Hashbang Games is currently in Early Access on Steam for PC and coming soon to Mac and Linux too.
I've had a chance to play Gravi and I got so hooked on it too that once again I was lost and the posting of its article was delayed. I really need to work on my time management skills, maybe set an alarm clock or something because when I find a really good game I get so absorbed in it, I become oblivious to the passing of time. I am just going to come right and say it. In Gravi, you will die. You will die, learn from your mistakes, and die again in the exact same spot. The game goes out of its way just to make you suffer and like a masochist, you will enjoy the pain.
The goal of the game is rather simple, survive to the end of the level and maybe if you are daring, make an attempt to gather up the collectables. You do this by swinging and shooting your way through the increasingly difficult levels and by bending gravity to your will. You can also shoot out your excess energy momentarily and shrink yourself down to make it though tight spaces. If that isn't enough of a challenge, well let me tell you that you are not even given the break of being alone. You are pursued and hounded by an evil being attempting to stop you at your every turn. You play as a heroic little one-eyed round blue creature made up of energy named Gravi. He is very unlike the usual human or animal shaped creatures found in many games and after a while his nemesis, Anti-Gravi, a nasty red spiked creature shows up just to make your life more miserable. By the end of the game there are more traps than safe places to land, and most of the places that look safe to land are probably just as deadly as the rest of the more obvious traps.
Check out the official trailer!
Gravi is an intense puzzle-platformer that will test your tolerance for pain. Shoot and swing your way towards victory as Gravi, an adorable blue ball of energy. While you’re launching through terrorizing traps and bending gravity to your will, Anti-Gravi, an atomic ball of rage, is barreling down on your position.
After losing yourself in the ridiculously trap-filled underbelly of an alien test facility, you must use your wits and perseverance to solve a series of perplexing puzzles. Along the way, your limits will be put to the test by all sorts of absurdly dangerous hazards.
Snatch up collectibles and fight off Anti-Gravi on your path to freedom. If you can survive Gravi’s 40 unique levels and best Anti-Gravi at his own game, you just might make it out alive.
You can pick up an Early Access copy of Gravi on Steam
today as it flew through the Greenlight process with much more ease than I have had flying Gravi though the levels. For those unaware Steam Early Access lets you support the development of the game and start playing it before it is actually released. Hashbang Games is still expanding Gravi with additional content which I am already looking forward to seeing.
If you really want to play Gravi and are strapped for cash, you can head on over to Gala Giveaways and enter for your chance to win one of 25 copies!
So there you have it, another cool puzzle platformer that is designed to make you toss your controllers in rage. These games will throw a scare into you as they remind you just how deadly the world around you is. Keep an eye on the sky or on second thought, better not even go outside, maybe hide under the bed since there are traps everywhere. Best to just sit back and enjoy Ethan: Meteor Hunter
today! Oh and don’t forget your favorites POSTAL 1 and 2
. If you have not already seen it, head on over to the Steam Community Forums for some thrilling POSTAL 2 news!
« on: October 27, 2013, 12:39:21 PM »
Ethan: Meteor Hunter Redux
Many of you probably remember an Indie game we spotlighted a couple of months ago. It featured Ethan, an interesting telekinetic mousey character with a rather long tail. This poor guys house was completely destroyed by a meteor. The meteor of course burst into hundreds of fragments which scattered everywhere when it made impact with his home. This would have been a total tragedy to the little guy but for the realization that the meteor fragments had the unexpected effect of giving him unusual powers. Naturally, realizing how valuable and useful these powers were to him, the goal of this special little creature was to attempt to make as large a collection of meteor fragments as possible.
Ethan: Meteor Hunter from Seaven Studio recently released on PSN and PC, Mac and Linux are due to arrive in 2014. I was fortunate enough to be given a chance to try Ethan while it was still being developed and to play it once again as soon as it was released. I must admit playing the game created an unexpected side effect for me. This post was originally scheduled to go up on October 22nd when the game officially released in North America. I made the mistake of actually playing Ethan before writing up the post and it had me so hooked that it left me very little time to do anything else. All thoughts of writing the article fell by the wayside. It became lost in the mist of the meteor fragments while I played away, deeply immersed in the game and oblivious to the passing of time.
The game itself is a puzzle platformer. It is both easy enough for child and yet infuriatingly difficult enough for even hardcore completionist gamers to enjoy. It's a game where you will in all likelihood be killed fairly often. This does not create the great deal of annoyance or frustration that you may expect as it does have a checkpoint system. This means you don't have to go all the way back to the beginning and start over, you simply restart from the last checkpoint so very little is lost. The puzzles range from the easily obvious to some that can stump you and having you scratching your head trying to figure out exactly what it is you have to do. The mechanics behind the puzzles is Ethan's ability to stop the game entirely while he manipulates objects in the environment to suit his needs. One particularly fun level you can look forward to involves a pogo stick and no checkpoints. To make it even more fun and interesting, the game even has boss fights. Some are reasonably easy but some boss fights can be very unforgiving. One deadly hit can kill Ethan and restart the battle. This just makes you more determined than ever to stay up all night and get the bad guy.
View the official trailer for more details!
Ethan: Meteor Hunter mixes puzzles and platformers core action mechanics with an innovative mechanic: telekinesia. Ethan can pause time and move objects around in order to solve puzzles and get though 50 levels with dynamic use of physics giving multiple gameplay and solving possibilities.
Play more than 50 levels within 3 different worlds
Players can move elements in the environment to create a path and clear his way
Using real-time physics and a wide array of objects with their different properties, each player can find his own way of solving a puzzle
Time-attack, fragment collection or minimum number of pause goals in each level
Anyone can play it
From the normal player to the most hardcore ones who aim at getting all the fragments, the best time, get 100% of the achievements or find all the secret bonuses
English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian, Polish, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Swedish, Danish, Dutch, Czech, Finnish, Norwegian, Hungarian, Greek, Turkish
Game controller support (Xbox 360 & Dualshock 3)
Looks pretty cool doesn't it? Head on over to Ethan's official site
to pick it up today. Added bonus, if you buy the PC version today you will get Steam keys once it passes Greenlight. Go vote for it today!
Really want Ethan but can't afford it? Well you are in luck Seaven Studio is giving away five copies of Ethan: Meteor Hunter. Enter below for your chance to win!
« on: October 24, 2013, 03:54:15 PM »
Krotchy's Cousin: Senhor Testiculo
We spoke about Krotchy a couple of posts ago, now I would like to introduce a slightly less well known member of Krotchy’s family, his long lost cousin Mr. Balls aka Senhor Testiculo. Senhor Testiculo is a health worker residing south of the equator in Vicosa, Brazil. You will notice the family resemblance between the two is striking. Although Senhor Testiculo is dusted all over with clusters of rich brown curls and instead of Krotchy’s shining bald dome there is a thatch of thick dark hair crowning the top of his smooth wide head, you will almost immediately become aware of the similarities in their size and build. Both are short but sturdy and well built and possess endearingly wide grins. Unfortunately it is quite obvious that Krotchy’s cousin has somehow never heard of a Brazilian wax but this does not distract from the fact that Senhor Testiculo is an extraordinarily handsome fellow. With his cheeky grin and huge toothy smile, he certainly has a face you won’t soon forget. He is a very outgoing, playful sort of character who enjoys meeting, talking and socializing with people at informative public events. Senhor Testiculo also loves having his picture taken. Children or adults, he is willing to strike a pose with anyone who would like to make a memory and have their photograph taken with him.
On a more serious note, New York Daily News writer, Stephen Williams points out that besides being a friendly and entertaining man-about-town, Senhor Testiculo also holds an extremely important job in Brazil. As mascot for the Association for the Personal Assistance of People with Cancer (AAPEC), Senhor Testiculo acts as spokesperson for the group seeking to raise awareness of testicular cancer research. He reminds men, especially between the ages of 20 to 39, to check themselves often looking for warning signs such as an enlarged testicle, lumps or undescended testis. Senhor Testiculo will tell you that although white males are in the lead with 8.6 per 100,000 being afflicted, Latino men are rapidly catching up at 6.3 per 100,000.
Shockingly, according to Brazilian newspaper O Globo, the Association is thinking of letting Senhor Testiculo go. We think this would be a huge and horrible mistake. Where would they ever find anyone or anything quite as notable and just so darn good looking as Senhor Testiculo? The Association simply has to look at the pictures to see the happiness on peoples faces as they meet and greet this bright eyed smiling fellow. One thing is for sure. Once you've met him, you’ll never forget him and isn't that part of the message AAPEC is trying to get across?
« on: October 21, 2013, 07:33:50 PM »
Comics, Kids and Characters
Running With Scissors is pleased to be supporting Pop Culture Paradise (comics and games store) in a benefit aiding Arizona’s children. Dignity For Kids Inc. is a non-profit organization intent on preserving the dignity of its children. The organization focus’s on topics such as fitness, nutrition, leadership and safety. Volunteers working in approximately 30 school districts assist in providing free programs at no cost to partnering schools and organizations. Our friend Gareth Von Kallenbach of Skewed and Reviewed (game critic, writer, author, and frequent radio guest) will be taking part in making this both a fun and memorable occasion.
To show its support and increase awareness of this worthwhile cause, Pop Culture Paradise will be hosting a HALLOWEEN COMIC FEST this weekend October 26, 2013 from noon until 4 o’clock. The party will take place at 715 Forest Avenue, Suite A, Tempe, Arizona. There will be fun activities for heroes and heroines of all ages. You will have a riot at the costume contest. There is also a silent auction, bounce house and something we all love...free give-a-ways and even more. The event will be attended by some of your favourite comic book characters in full costume. Actor Ernie Reyes Jr. will also be in attendance as well as your favourite local and national DC, Marvel and Zenoscope artists.
Let’s all attend and have some fun. Our children are not only our future; they are our future POSTAL designers. That alone makes the event worth it.
If all the fun and games at the Pop Culture Halloween Comic fest has left you wanting more you are in luck. The 6th annual Tucson Comic-Con is going to be held Saturday and Sunday November 2nd and 3rd at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 South Church Avenue. Comic-Con’s goal is to bring the exciting world of comic books to the old pueblo from their very own local comic shops to a wide variety of independent sellers and artists along with material, talent and guests. For a very minimal entry fee (children 10 years and under are free) you can experience a day that is right out of this world. Some of the activities at the center will be meeting and greeting your favourite science fiction characters, photo ops with your favourite hero’s and displays and activities for all ages. Make sure you check out the Turquoise Panel Room. Gareth will be there on the Saturday at noon presenting Upcoming Movies of 2014 – 2016. Running With Scissors will be showing its support by donating some of the prizes for the contests and give-a-ways. Don’t miss out. Make sure you’ve got your calendar cleared and the dates for these events written down.
« on: October 20, 2013, 10:40:11 AM »
Tempesta - Running With Scissors - Tribute To Postal 2
Okay people are you ready to get your blood racing and body quivering with some heart pounding sound? Tempesta, a popular Italian Death Metal Band is shaking the very foundations of the building with its tribute to Running With Scissors and POSTAL 2.
Band leader Ricardo (Poggi), and fellow musicians Nicky (Pantera), Nick (Scoassa) and Ricky (of power) will blast your eardrums and shock your senses with their throaty, gravel voiced vocal offerings and with the rapidly pulsing throb of their guitars and drums.
Declaring POSTAL 2 to be the most incredible game they had ever played, the band wanted to acknowledge and share their opinion that POSTAL is a game worth recognising. To that end, Tempesta wrote a song, created a video and gave a phenomenal performance of their vision of POSTAL 2.
You can watch the video and listen to the music by clicking below. Turn the volume up full blast, lean back and enjoy the ripping Death Metal vibes.
« on: October 17, 2013, 04:21:52 PM »
Expanding on Krotchy or Ode to a Choad
There is not much new or exciting to talk about in the gaming world so far this week so I thought I would take this opportunity to talk about one of the most upright characters you will ever find in any video game. The name of this great hero (or villain if you wish) is Krotchy, one of the most noteworthy stars of the ever popular POSTAL Series. Not too tall but pleasantly plump, he is a real stand-up kind of guy. Krotchy is always ready to bubble over with his excessive energy. He is fast on the draw and might be a bit quick on the trigger when he gets himself in a tight spot, but he doesn’t let that get him down. Krotchy is a brave little man and a straight shooter. It might not be too wise to mention how fast he is to his face. Krotchy can be a bit touchy and may take it the wrong way. He can go off half cocked if you don’t handle him just right and you could find yourself in a sticky situation.
We probably think about Krotchy more than we should because his performance can be unpredictable, but he can be a handy guy to have around if you want some fun. With his good looks and devilish smile, he attracts the ladies like a magnet. Mothers might call him the root of all evil because their daughters are always sneaking away to play with him. He is a cute little squirt and the girls especially like stroking his gleaming bald head and feeling how firmly built he is. Sometimes he acts like a real jock and you want to strap him down but when he behaves, he is outstanding. Krotchy is a guy you could take out almost anywhere in public without causing a riot or attracting a disapproving crowd. It’s doubtful anyone would even notice him when he takes it easy and relaxes a bit. His worst fault could be that he doesn’t believe in overdressing. I have heard he sometimes wears a raincoat but I’ve never seen it. Usually the only article found on Krotchy is his gold initial which he wears on a thick chain at the base of his stubby but sturdy neck. This might lead some people to think he is mostly nuts. That doesn’t stop him from getting a lot of admiring glances when he does the town. Waitresses especially love Krotchy even though he can be a bit sloppy at times. There is always a generous sized tip by the messes he leaves.
Krotchy may have a bit of bad temper and killer instinct but that may have been brought on by neglect. Believe it or not, Krotchy sometimes gets lonely or needs a little reassurance so next time you see him, give him a happy little squeeze. He might not show it right away, it might take several of those happy squeezes, but he will take a great deal of pleasure out of just a little hands-on contact. It will take an awful lot of attention to soften him up though. Krotchy is used to merciless beatings and knows he is always in danger of being blown away.
Krotchy. He can be a hard man to handle or a real soft and cuddly doll. A word to the wise…if you are not on his side, better keep an eye out behind you!
Remember you too can have your own “Krotchy” companion. Visit our store
and you can order a Krotchy doll for yourself and maybe one to keep your girlfriends or your buddies company too. Even your mother would love him. Soft and squishy yet firm to the touch. Everybody should have a good pal like “Krotchy”.
« on: October 11, 2013, 06:30:37 PM »
The Great and Powerful Trixy
Prepare yourselves people. Another beautiful Babe has joined our group of gorgeous gals. Our Babe of the Month, Trixy, has shining dark hair, skin like silk and long, luscious legs. One look at her pictures and she will have your eyes popping and your tongue hanging out to dry. It was a very warm day when she was photographed so of course she had to peel off those thigh high stockings and get rid of that little plaid skirt and all the rest of that hot, sticky clothing….
As a treat for you, you can read Trixy's interview below although I know the only reason you clicked on this post is to read my interesting text. Besides reading her interview, you will want to make a long and careful inspection of her artfully done photographs for yourself. You can find them by clicking her image above. Be sure you have a lot of time because once you see her you are not going to want to leave. Trixy is a real treat and you are going to want to go over her pictures again and again. When you finally do manage to force yourself away, DO NOT go to the other Postal Babes photographs. I am warning you, you just won’t be able to bring yourself to leave and are likely going to end up with the Babes all night…Actually when you think of it, that doesn't sound too bad.
1. Let’s start by you telling us a little or a lot about yourself. How old are you and where are you from?Trixy: I'm 23, and I'm originally from San Diego, Ca! I love being outdoors. Camping, off-roading, beer. I'm a girly-girl who likes to get down and dirty!
2. How did you first learn about the Postal Babes? And how does it feel to be chosen?Trixy: I actually heard about it through my good friend, Remy. It feels great to be chosen! All of the women on the website are so beautiful and sexy!
3. Ok let’s get personal. What type music do you listen to?Trixy: I listen to literally almost everything. Music is so versatile and unique. There is always something to match your mood
4. What’s your astro sign?Trixy: I'm a Virgo, the virgin
5. Are you a gamer? And what’s your favorite game (doesn’t have to be a video game) ?Trixy: This is going to be a bummer, but I'm not! The only gaming system I've ever really gotten into was the old school Nintendo. Super Mario brothers, Strider, Tetris. Oh yeahhhhh, haha.
6. How old were you when you lost your virginity? Please tell us about it.Trixy: Oh this story, haha! It was so awful and fun at the same time. I was 16 and was at my boyfriends house. His parents were home but I wanted to take it a little further.... So we ended up sneaking outside and started getting crazy in the bed of his truck. It was super hot and sexy, but the fact that all we had to lay on was a blanket made it pretty uncomfortable.
7. What’s your favorite color? Trixy: I have two! Black and neon green.
Do certain colors make you hot?Trixy: Any color can make me hot if the right person is wearing it;)
8. Tell us about your modeling and acting career. What is your motivation? What do you like most about it?Trixy: Actually, this is the only modeling I've done so far! I love how fun and empowering it is. It's a great way to just be free and feel sexy.
9. I’m sure a lot of our male fans would love to know what gets you hot. Please feel free to open up and share your desires with Postal fans around the world.Trixy: This could turn out to be a long list! I love dressing up and teasing my partner. Something about knowing how hot I'm making him really turns me on. I also really like playful sex. Role play, rough sex, sex in random places...you've got to be able to keep me interested!
10. What type of guys do you like? And If you like women too, please answer for both.Trixy: I like really genuine, down to earth guys who have that sexy bad boy streak! I like guys who can show me a good time but can still make me think
Now please choose ONE answer that best describes who you are!
1. Oral or AnalTrixy: Oral.
2. Ink or no InkTrixy: No ink.... For now;)
3. Black or WhiteTrixy: Black.
4. Money or LoveTrixy: Love.
5. Teacher or StudentTrixy: Student
6. Men or WomenTrixy: Men
7. Fly or DriveTrixy: Drive
8. Prayer or SinTrixy: Prayer
9. Music or GamesTrixy: Music. I'm a huge music junkie.
10. Liberal or ConservativeTrixy: I walk a fine line between the two...
« on: October 04, 2013, 07:25:41 AM »
UPDATED: Going POSTAL in your own Living Room
The welcome announcement of the Steam Console in development means that soon you will be able to play POSTAL 1 and POSTAL 2 from the comfort of your own living room (or wherever you care to stick your consoles). You don’t actually have to wait though; you can bring POSTAL to your living room today. Uwe Boll’s POSTAL movie sequel may be a bust, but his first POSTAL movie was a gem worth watching over and over again. We now have POSTAL the movie in all its gore and glory available in our store*. This movie, for reasons obvious or not, is incredibly hard to find for sale. I know I personally did some heavy scouting around and tried to buy a copy for myself but didn’t have any luck grabbing hold of it. I am pretty sure it must have been banned in my area. All is not lost though. Now for a limited time only you can get POSTAL the movie on DVD for just $5. Watch all the fun in its standard definition splendour! Better yet, It’s the UNRATED version so it’s even more offensive to the snobby stuck up set!
You don’t like standard definition DVDs? You like the ability to practically see the pores of the actors and actresses? Well then, you are in luck. We also have the even rarer UNRATED Blu-ray for sale too. Get them while they last. The Blu-ray is only 5 easy payments of $29.95 and they are going like hotcakes, but wait!!! Order within the next 20 minutes because you know we can’t do this all day (at least not until the next time our ad runs again which will be about 15 minutes from now), you can get the Blu-ray for just $5! That’s right…same price as the DVD! High Definition POSTAL! See it all as if you were actually there! Fun Fact: Vince was actually there so keep an eye out for him!
So let’s sum this up. You can get the UNRATED DVD or UNRATED Blu-ray for the insanely low price of $5! You can’t go wrong at that price! Still not convinced? Well when you buy the DVD or the Blu-ray you even get a bonus copy of the classic non-steam POSTAL 2 right inside the case! For only $5 you get both POSTAL the movie and POSTAL 2 the game. What are you waiting for? Operators are standing by! Want a money and friend saving tip? Buy everyone you know a copy for their birthday/anniversary/Christmas etc. That way you save on shipping and won’t look like a jerk for forgetting their special occasion!
About the movie:
Prepare yourself for the hilarious, laugh-packed comedy POSTAL, the irreverent and outrageous film based on the popular video game. After a clueless slacker named the Postal Dude (Zack Ward) loses his job, he joins his shady Uncle Dave (Dave Foley) and a bevy of big-breasted, scantily clad female cult followers in a scheme to steal a shipment of hot new toys. First they must foil a band of ruthless terrorists led by none other than Osama Bin Laden (Larry Thomas). Their antics and actions to save the world from destruction and the toys from Bin Laden in this offensive, mayhem-ridden laugh riot threatens the very limits of common decency.
We doubt that we will be able to keep the movie in stock long at these prices because we don’t have that many to begin with. The fact that we are practically giving it away at these unbelievably low prices means it is going to sell out fast so order now and don’t miss out or you will regret it.
While you are shopping in our store, why not pick yourself up a t-shirt! They come in both charcoal and crimson, most sizes are still available! The shirts were made using Next Level 60/40 Cotton Poly blend making them our most comfortable shirts ever! Get them while they last! (Purchasing Tip: Get both colors that way you don’t have to choose!)
Are you lonely and need a hand to hold? Buy yourself a Krotchy Doll! Krotchy Dolls are half plush, half beans...ALL BALLS! Krotchy is 8 inches tall. (Sack size is 6 inches tall, and feet are 2 inches long) totaling 8 inches of pure ballsackary! (Reality Tip: Krotchy is inanimate and won’t tell your secrets to anyone)
Want to show off your RWS fandom? Get an official RWS metal sign for your bedroom, office, games room and/or anywhere else you want to stick it. For just $10 you can get the regular “Shoot it yourself”
sign. For $5 more ($15), you can get the pre-shot
version. These real metal Running With Scissors signs were ACTUALLY shot by one of the RWS Team! WARNING: The bullet holes are really FUCKING sharp so be careful when holding these things! (Medical Tips: Shooting a sign can be dangerous fun! If you accidentally pop an eyeball out with a rebound from shooting it yourself, or slice a finger or anything else off while holding the pre-shot sign, don’t say we didn’t warn you!)
Are you a prankster? Buy a RWS sign and change the pedestrian crossing signs with Running With Scissors signs! (Legal Tip: Don’t actually do that)
Are you like me and prefer boxed copies of games rather than just digital? Get yourself the Fudgepack! Our first pack of every game we ever created! Give the gift of FUDGE to your friends or buy it for yourself and experience POSTAL Classic and Uncut, POSTAL 2 Share the Pain, POSTAL 2 Apocalypse Weekend, Eternal Damnation AND MORE!! It contains pretty much everything POSTAL-y up until the Steam release. (No Steam code included)
If you want the digital versions you can get POSTAL and POSTAL 2 Complete on Steam
(Pro Tip: Desura gives Steam keys if you already own POSTAL 1 or POSTAL 2 on Desura)
(Penultimate Tip: *DVDs are encoded for Region 1 and may not work on DVD or Blu-ray players in other countries. Click here for more information on regions.
(Ultimate Tip: Buy in multiples of everything from the store and save on shipping!)UPDATE: According to a Blu-ray Region Codes site the Blu-ray is Region ABC ("Region Free") and another Blu-ray site claims it is at least A and B (C untested) so it should be able to play almost anywhere in the world! Reminder: This applies to the Blu-ray only.
« on: October 01, 2013, 09:53:39 AM »
Carmageddon: The Eagle is Landing Soon
Members of the public: You now have one minute to reach minimum safe distance! Anyone who has played a Carmageddon game is likely familiar with the Wheel Spin maneuver. Hitting that hot-key during the countdown lets you start the race a few seconds early and a few dollars short. You can make up for this by running over the guy doing the countdown for the race. Something like that happened unexpectedly to Stainless very recently. Stainless started the countdown for the release of their upcoming Carmageddon: Reincarnation. Instead of the long awaited sigh of relief that the game was almost ready, Kickstarter backers pulled a wheel spin on them and attempted to mow them down. Since they had all been clamouring for a release window, why didn't the backers react in the positive way that was expected? The reason was simply that once again the Kickstarter campaign's wording left a bit of unintentional ambiguity but Stainless's ultimate response to it was commendable. To really appreciate this let me tell a story of the Matrix. Backers were given the choice between taking the red pill or the blue pill... wait wrong Matrix. When the Kickstarter Campaign first launched, there were set tiers, and like a traditional Kickstarter tier most said it includes all previous tiers. That's great, you just move up the tiers until everything you want is included in the tier you select. Everything seemed to be well organized and well planned for the Kickstarter. I originally backed it for $50 to get my two copies with the exclusive Kickstarter custom Eagle complete with an active chainsaw running across the top of it.
I selected that tier because it sounded cool and a friend of mine who couldn't fund Kickstarter directly wanted in on the action and later increased my way up to higher tiers until I ran out of funds to give. At the time there was no other way to get a second copy other than the $50 tier without rebuying with a different Kickstarter account. People asked Stainless to add a cheaper two pack, and Stainless listened. Enter the $30 two pack. It's always great when a company listens to the wishes of its fans but here is where all the trouble began. You see the $50 tier said you get an additional copy of the game and all previous tiers, which before the $30 tier was introduced, meant you got two copies. People joining late became confused and thought they got three copies for $50 (the two from the $30 and the extra one from the $50.) The Reward Matrix
was released to try to clear things up, although many backers missed it and are still confused about the number of copies they get. Then there was the DRM controversy. The backers demanded a DRM-Free version of the game. Once again Stainless listened and said they would give it away free to anyone who backed at a level that gave a Steam key. Linux and Macs got in on the demands and again Stainless listened.
Fast forward until September 26, 2013. Stainless announced
that the game would be coming out in Q1 2014 to Steam Early Access (one year behind the estimate, but hey that's what happens when you develop a game). This should have had the backers jumping for joy, instead it left them frothing at the mouth. No, they were not mad because their game was coming out soon, they were mad because the announcement mentioned that there would be Downloadable Content beyond what the Kickstarter funded (For those under a rock in a cave on a distant planet with their fingers in their ears and wearing a blindfold, Downloadable Content or DLC for short is traditionally content that expands upon the finished game, but not part of the finished game itself usually
). The wording on the Kickstarter read "[...] our backers will get every update of the game as it's released, for FREE. You get it all for the minimum “get the game” pledge of $15. You get to download the first release via Steam, and your updates will occur automatically after that." What you have to realize is that Carmageddon: Reincarnation was going to be released in an Episodic way to get the game out faster. The backers would get each episode until the final game was released turning their copy in to the full version, which were the updates the Kickstarter referred to. Stainless eagerly announced at the same time of the Steam Early Release that after the final game was released, they wouldn't abandon it, that they would release DLC in addition to it (just like we are doing, RWS is going to give POSTAL 2 some free DLC love with DLC 1). "Awesome, so Carmageddon is going to be growing for years to come!" was the expected response. Instead angry mobs cleaned their local hardware stores out of all their pitchforks and torches and began storming Stainless headquarters. Stainless
fearing for their life
once again listen to their fans and said quite quickly
here take all the DLC and our Wallets. Someone mentioned that Nobby offered up Sim as a sacrifice but that could just be the rumour mill talking
that all Kickstarter and Paypal backers would get a golden ticket version
that includes all DLC for the rest of time. The riots died down.
To date there have been 49 backer updates most of which contain snapshots of what is being worked on right now. Some of the areas receiving attention were concepts for vehicles and their mostly completely versions, track re-imaginings, classic footage from when the game was originally being made and various other things going on in general such as Batwick’s fun in the official Carmageddon: Reincarnation race car. Likely the best update to date has to be this one below.
As you can see, working on the game is serious business. That isn't all they have been working on though, Stainless also re-released a spiffed up copy of the Original Carmageddon on to mobile devices and re-released a classic version on to GOG. There is no reason or excuse not to play the Original in some form or another. For those that are now curious to see all these updates or who just like to see a game come to life, some of the updates have been made public so you can view them for yourself here
Now why is all this on our website? Running With Scissors and Stainless go way back, at least as far back as before POSTAL III. You see back in the day Stainless was going to work on POSTAL III, but some things happened and other things didn't happen. In the end, like it or not, Akella did it in the end instead. That's not all though, both POSTAL and Carmageddon date back to the same era. They both have roots in bygone days when games had heroes in green tights who calmly saved the world without shedding a drop of blood. Plumbers moonlighted as heroes and for some reason hedgehogs could run really fast. Games were reliably family friendly. It was all to remain a bit lacklustre until one fateful day the Dude showed up in town and created some excitement by shooting up the place. At another location, a certain fast hedgehog tried to warn the world but was too slow for the Eagle and was left as a bloody stain covered in the leavings of a frightened cow. Since we are good friends and all, and fans of each others games, we figured we would come here and share an announcement Stainless made.
Just to reiterate, Carmageddon: Reincarnation is coming to Steam Early Access in Q1 2014. The game is currently slated to enter beta a little sooner for the backers than the rest of you, but not by that much. You will also get to make a choice. Do you want to buy the Standard Version, which will get you the full game, or do you want to buy the super ultra deluxe spectacular golden and likely drawn on by Sim Full Package version. The Full Package will contain every DLC that will ever be released for Reincarnation other than maybe the Kickstarter exclusive Chainsaw Eagle skin which will likely remain exclusive to the Kickstarter (otherwise I can see torches being lit again). It's still not too late if you want to back the project
which should qualify you to get the Full Package version! If you can't wait to play Reincarnation, you can pick up the Original Carmageddon on GOG
or for your mobile devices from Google Play
For the next week you can get the Android version of Carmageddon from the current Humble Bundle
Here are some concepts and other fun images:
The new Eagle design for Carmageddon: Reincarnation
An alternate Eagle Concept for Carmageddon: Reincarnation although the first one will be the one used for the game.
The Official Race Car mentioned earlier