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27th February 2002
Nothing major for today - but look out for a big announcement in a few days - possibly start of March. In the mean time:
22nd February 2002
For UK readers only. Uplink will be featured on "Thumb Bandits" tonight, 12:25am on Channel 4. We aren't actually certain what will be said about us, but we do know it will only be a small mention. Still, might be interesting to see their views, since Thumb Bandits is generally more biased towards console games and against slower games like Uplink.
20th February 2002
A few new Uplink sites have gone up since the last update. In fact, things have been pretty busy in general since the PC-gamer review. Have a look at these links.
A windows shell replacement is available at http://www.uplinkdesktop.tk.
The Uplink IRC channel has been getting pretty busy lately. Around thirty people turned up at the last IRC gathering, including a couple of the Introversion Software team. Another gathering has been scheduled for Saturday, 8pm GMT. Details of the IRC channel can be found here.
15th February 2002
fair to say that the Introversion Software team are pretty happy at
the moment - i've just seen the new PC-Gamer UK review, and they gave
us 80% and a stack of fantastic quotes. Have a read of this:
"It's perverse and brilliant; precisely the sort of work that should be coming from the underground, and a game which will be just as compulsive in three years' time, when the graphical rush of today's blockbusters have faded into obsolescence"
This one isn't our highest score - but PC Gamer is MY magazine - the only one that I buy religiously ever month. This one means a lot to me. Kieron Gillen was the reviewer, and he seems to have summed up exactly what we were trying to do in a few short lines. Thank you!
We've also just been informed that we won First Place in the category "Best Presentation of 2001", at the readers awards on GamingExcellence. You may remember I posted a request a few weeks ago, asking people to help us by voting. We managed (amazingly) to beat WarBirds and Civilisation III, which means a LOT of you have been voting on our behalf. A sincere thank you from us to all who voted for us.
We also have a couple of other reviews:
9th February 2002
After getting the nod from PC-Zone, we have put a scan of the review up on our site. Click here to have a look.
Chris Conly has kindly provided a complete translation of the Spanish article - click here to read it.
Icepick mentioned on the Forum that there is a gateway mod available at the Hackers Shadow. This adds a couple of extra gateways into the game.
Finally, there is a new Uplink website called Penne's Network, available here.
7th February 2002
Thanks also to Lee Tasker, for sending in a scan of the PC Zone review from yesterday (70% overall). He wins a free bonus Disk. I don't think we're allowed to reproduce the article on our site, but i'll look into it so people can have a read.
6th February 2002
Time for the (roughly) monthly update to the world of Uplink. This time I have only one real question to deal with - why the hell are we soooooo slow?
It's a fair question, and yes lots of people email me about this every day. What can I say - other than "sorry", and "it will be worth the wait". It comes down to a decision about quality and quantity - we could certainly have released two or three patches so far if we had wanted to, but we would prefer to release one patch which revitalises the game and sorts out the major issues in one go. This takes longer - remember how long Uplink took in the first place - but when you get the patch you will see the difference. You will appreciate why it took so long. Hopefully you'll pick up the game again and remember why you enjoyed it so much when you first found it. We've released details on some of the changes - but the biggest change of all has been kept pretty quiet, and it's specifically aimed at players who have finished the game and are now looking for more challenging things to do. In my opinion, this is infinately preferable to a slow process of gradual upgrades and changes over multiple patches.
On to more specific issues. The Bonus Disk has been finished for ages, and I am personally getting very frustrated at how long it takes to get them actually printed and sent to people. We have now sent the final master CD and artwork for the bonus disk to the printers, which means (fingers crossed) they are being printed and duplicated this week.
Some people have suggested we should have done the patch first, then the bonus disk. Yes, I agree. In hindsight, the patch should have taken priority. It's very easy to see these things in hindsight. But once you are committed to one particular option, it's generally better to finish it otherwise you end up with nothing. By the time we realised people wanted the patch more than the bonus disk, we'd already done 50% of the work.
Anyway, onto other news.
New review of Uplink on gamer.no - click here to read it. They score everything out of six (rather than five or ten, as most other sites do), but hey they gave us a pretty good review. As always, if anyone could provide an English translation (it's Norwegian) then we'd be very greatful. Hopefully they'll be doing an interview soon as well.
I've also heard that Uplink was reviewed in PC-Zone (USA), and received 70%. Thanks to Lee Tasker for sending a scan.
There is a new Uplink site up - click here to have a look. Thanks to OutSider for that.
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