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23rd April 2002

Uplink is slowly making its way onto the high street, in the UK at least. You can now buy our game from HMV. So if you've been waiting to buy the game and don't have a credit card, you should have no problems getting it now from your local store. I've updated the resellers page to include the full list of places from which you can buy Uplink.

Ravenshadow's contest to win a bonus disk has come to a close, with Astral being declared the winner. Congratulations. It would be interesting to actually see the winning entry ;) Click here for more details.

Speaking of contests, Icepick has now started up his own at his fantastic site Modlink. You have to design a Gateway (there are lots on display at his site) and the prize is (again) a bonus disk. Strength in diversity!

There is a new Uplink website called "Anti-Trust", at this address. Thanks to Ezuret for that.

Uplink is reviewed in the April edition of PC-Gamer Italy ("Giochi Per Il Mio Computer!"), scoring a healthy 7 out of 10. We'd really appreciate it if anyone could provide us with a translation so we can see what is being said about us.

 

21st April 2002

Time for an update on the patch I suppose. I should start by apologising to everyone who is waiting - this really is taking a stupid amount of time, and yes we are getting scared. It has a lot of expectations riding on it, so we want to get it right. I've said before that we wouldn't give you a release date, for fear of missing it. We've missed all three of our internal release dates totally, so it's a damn good job we kept them quiet or you'd be burning Uplink in your backgardens right now. All I will say is that we are down to the last issue that remains - everything in the patch is finished and ready except for this one thing, which has to be right or the whole thing will suck. It will be worth it in the end.

You can now order Uplink using American Express credit cards. We've had quite a few people requesting this feature so we've finally given in and set it up. The American Express logo will now appear at the end of each of our order pages - click on that if you wish to use one of these cards.

Uplink has been reviewed on GameGreen.com. They seem to be under the impression that the full game title is "Uplink - The Hackers Shadow", but hey nobody's perfect. Click here for the full review.

Uplink has also been reviewed on Stratos Group. Click here for the review. They gave us 2.4 out of 5 - our lowest score ever, and only our second bad review out of about fifty. But no matter how you spin it, we're pretty dissapointed. You can read hundreds of good reviews and only one bad one, and the bad one always seems to make more sense. The author of the review can be contacted here. I'd be interested in seeing a discussion about the review on our forums as well. Here's a particularly biting quote from the end of their review. Ah well.

"Uplink is a dream for those interested in hacking, but a short-lived one. It is fun, and offers many choices, but those looking for some depth will be disappointed. Its flair and enjoyment eventually wear off, and you’ll find yourself wanting to watch Angelina Jolie and her beautiful blue eye-liner more than you'll want to play this shallow game (or maybe that’s just me)."

 

15th April 2002

Just a few small updates for today. The Introversion Software team spent most of the weekend rolling around the woods shooting each other with guns (paintballing) so we're all pretty tired. Maybe we'll use some of the pictures we took in future products ;)

Icepicks website is really starting to look fantastic after a redesign, and the content is there to match. There are plenty of modifications to the game that can extend its life. Uplink was never directly designed to be modified, so this is even more impressive. Click here to have a look at his site. My personal favourite mod is the GatewayOS mod, which makes your Uplink screen look something like WindowsXP.

Today is the final day of Ravenshadows competition to win a bonus disk. The challenge is to make an Uplink Windows desktop theme, and entries will be accepted until midnight GMT today. Click here for more information.

Uplink is reviewed on the SC Games website, scoring 9 out of 10. Cheers guys!

Uplink has another couple of mentions in this months PC Gamer UK (May). It seems a lot of people have been writing in reader reviews of the game, one of which is published. Uplink is also mentioned on the reader review popularity chart, right next to "Medal of Honour:Allied Assault" and "Return to Castle Wolfenstein". Thanks to all those people who are helping to spread the word.

You can now purchase Uplink from a number of different resellers, including Amazon.co.uk and Special Reserve. page for full details.

 

6th April 2002

The new DVD packaged CDs are now available for sale from this site, replacing the old CD units that we've been selling for the past six months. You will also be able to buy these units from amazon.co.uk in just under a week's time. Hopefully they'll be in shops soon too ;)

 

In other news

Uplink is reviewed in the underground games magazine "state". Click here to read our local copy of the review. This magazine can be hard to get hold of (it's distributed by email), but you can visit their forums here. You can subscribe to State magazine by emailing Oskar Skog.

Daedalus0101101 sends word that he has set up a new Uplink website called "The Uplink Underground" at this address. Check it out.

Ravenshadow is running a contest on her website, in which you can win an Uplink Bonus Disk. The winner is the person who can design the best Uplink desktop theme. Click here for more information.

 

28th March 2002

We've recently been working hard on getting Uplink in the shops here in the UK, and it looks like we might just have made it. You don't appreciate just how much power these big buyers have until you deal with them. And you wouldn't believe the hoops you have to jump through, just to get around a table with them. We've had to totally redo all the packaging in a new DVD box, replacing the old CD cases in the process. We've had to sort out ELSPA ratings, bar codes, you name it. We're pretty happy with the result though - the new packaging is less "minimalist" but certainly looks more like a game. And yes, we've managed to keep all the "extra" features of the current packaging, in slightly different ways. Have a look at these shots of the packaging here - front and back.

The downside of this is that our production costs have gone up as well, meaning the cost of Uplink is going to go up a little. We're not entirely comfortable with this, but our hand has been forced. The UK buyers simply won't stock Uplink on the high street until our retail price matches theirs. This is going to translate into roughly £3.50 extra for Uplink - around $5.00. Ultimately it came down to a choice - continue web sales forever at £16.50, or increase the cost to £19.99 and get Uplink into the shops. We think we've made the right decision.

We've always been an open company, and we'd very much like to hear your opinions on the matter. We hope you'll agree that Uplink is still excellent value for money, and that we can now reach a wider audience through the high street. I've started a new thread on the "Uplink in Moderation" forum, so please post your thoughts on the matter. Let's try to keep it civilised. We'll be watching closely.

This also means there are now three versions of the Uplink game. The first version was hand made by myself, Mark and Tom - we printed our own labels and burnt our own disks. Maybe these versions will be worth something one day - we only ever shipped around five hundred so they're pretty exclusive ;) It is actually possible to determine which of us made the CD as well, although i'll leave that for you to figure out. The second version is the standard CD that we've been selling for the past five months, and the third version is the new DVD packaging version due to appear in shops soon. We'll continue the current version for one more week - as of next Friday you won't be able to buy them anymore. The new DVD case units will be the only ones for sale.

In other news

Ravenshadow has totally updated her popular Uplink site - have a look here.

Icepick has created a new Uplink site, and is currently hosting a number of excellent graphical conversions for Uplink. Have a look here.

Uplink is reviewed in this months PC-Format (UK), scoring 81%. Wahay!

 

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