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27th May 2002
After eight days in L.A, we're back. We met so many people while we were out there - some of them were idiots and some of them were really helpful. In any case, we made lots of presentations and showed the game in its various forms (PC, Mac, Pocket PC etc) to loads of different groups. This is the first time we've shown the Pocket PC version to anyone, and we're pretty excited about it (just because it's soooo cool ;) and everything seemed to go ok in the demos. The Mac version is coming along nicely as well - more info just as soon as that's sorted. Over the next couple of weeks we'll be sorting out the deals for these products, and we'll announce anything we have here as soon as possible.
E3 was both exciting and extremely depressing. There were some games on display that blew us away - DoomIII, the new Zelda game etc. Trent Reznor was hanging around the Doom booth for a while. But the majority was more of the Same Old Shit. You don't realise how corporate the whole industry is until you visit a convention like this. It's difficult to imagine how we (the games industry) are going to get out of this situation. The whole event was like a giant playground - any kid under 15 would have died of excitement as they rushed from stand to stand, but it was for adults only. And A lot of the people there wore suits and looked like they'd never played a game in their entire life.
I'd like to say that the trip was for busines only, but of course it wasn't. One of the things us Brits love is the fact we can walk into a shooting range in LA and blow the crap out of things with increasingly large weapons for an entire afternoon. You can't do that in London ;)
Maybe i'll put some pictures up soon. Soon.
I've been out of touch for the past week, so if you have any news for me please re-submit it to my email address. I came back to four hundred emails, and there is no way i'm going through all of them.
14th May 2002
It's been a busy couple of weeks and things are looking good. The entire Introversion Software team (all three of us) are jetting out to L.A on Friday so we can be at E3 next week, hopefully meeting up with a bunch of people from various American companies. Who knows where that might lead. There have been all kinds of rumours floating around about Mac versions of Uplink, and palm/iPaq versions of Uplink, and we should be able to sort those out before the end of our trip. If you see us there say hello!
We've now set our own (Internal) completion date for the Uplink patch, although i'm not going to tell you what it is. This isn't the first completion date we've set, and we've missed them before, so I wouldn't want to disappoint you. But we're confident we can hit this one. Just a little while longer.
There is a new Uplink website called The Uplink Hacking Society at this page.
There is an interview with us in issue 12 of State Magazine. I'll try and get a copy of the interview up here soon.
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