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michael posted more than 12 years ago | from the how-to-be-1ee7-without-attracting-the-fbi dept.

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miracle69 writes: "Well, it looks like the perfect convergence for the average Slashdot reader. What we've got here is a game that is approaching the Slashdot Enthusiast's Valhalla. It's released under Windows and Linux, costs a mere 25 USDs, and has no middleman to jack prices up. Of course, that means it's not available in stores, nor will it be seen on TV, but according to Newsforge, it's got great gameplay. So, will 25 bucks, a fresh game idea, and a Linux release make others in the gaming world stand up and take notice?"

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uplink me (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2708715)

to your pussy from below

A Fecal First Post (-1)

Fecal Troll Matter (445929) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708716)

Happy holidays from the good people over at Fecal Industries.

Re:A Fecal First Post (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2708744)

Your christmas party was SHIT! absolute and utter bullshit. I suggest that you, kind owner of Fecal Industries make a greater effort to help your employees by feeding them your finest shit! Earn some history boy!

THIS IS A FUCK TACO POST (-1)

cmdr_shithead (527909) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708725)

FUCK YOU, Robert Malda!

Re:THIS IS A FUCK TACO POST (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2708735)

what an insightful post

what has he done to you?

Come work for Microsoft (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2708729)

From: Gordon Letwin (gordonl@microsoft.UUCP)
Subject: Microsoft needs Wizards
Newsgroups: net.jobs
View: (This is the only article in this thread) | Original Format
Date: 1984-02-21 11:27:14 PST

This is a "solicitation" letter from the Microsoft Corp. It's written
by a software engineer, rather than the personnel dept: I consider Microsoft an excellent home for the software wizard because: 1) its a great place to work. The company is owned (a key issue)
and operated by software wizards: Bill Gates and Paul Allen.
This means :
- private offices (as many with windows as topology permits)
- informal lounges for design/discussion/rap sessions
- whatever hardware facilities are needed for the job
- Microwave ovens, refrigerators, free soda, etc.
throughout the buildings But, most importantly, you're working for and with other
systems programmers that understand both the job and the
people. The technical hierarchy is kept very simple and
"shallow" so that there is minimal bullshit and over-
organization. Since the development people report strictly to software
engineers, who report directly to chairman/CEO Gates, we
never do anything stupid because some manager/MBA/suit-type
has power without knowledge. (When we do something stupid,
its our own fault!) Likewise, there are no "politics", just
engineering. 2) The work that you do here at Microsoft MATTERS. Your work
won't be canceled due to some political/financial upheaval,
nor just used in-house; your work will be used by millions
of people. Most sharp software people have seen endless
amounts of software that "missed the boat". If you've felt
this way, here's your chance to show the world (and yourself)
just how good you are. I've been here over 5 years; thats the most sincere recommendation I
can give. This is a place where I can literally explore the limits of
my capabilities as a software engineer. The company that did the
first microcomputer system software (BASIC), the first plug-in
processor (the Softcard), the first lap-held computer (we conceived
and designed the Tandy Model 100) and many other "firsts" lacks no
boldness of vision. Since we're "owned and operated" by these same
bold people, having no venture capital owners or cash crunches to
limit us, the company's limits are set only by the ability of our
engineers to envision great things and then to (the tough part) make
them fly. Like the variety of small startups, Microsoft offers its key technical
people stock options. We can offer technical challenges as good as
or better than startups, financial packages ditto, and, since we're
> 90% owned by ourselves, we have no outside investors to restrict or
direct our development efforts. If you're interested in the possibilities, please send your resume or
request additional information from: decvax!Microsoft!joannr
or
Joann Rahal
Microsoft Corp.
10700 Northup Way
Bellevue, WA 98004

Re:Come work for Microsoft (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2708747)

Sounds great, Joann, but what about corporate sponsored sex?

You see, us male geeks don't live only on microwaved junk food and cola nor does the nerf gun provide all the fun we need.

Re:Come work for Microsoft (-1, Troll)

cockeater (542284) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708849)

According to this [fuckmicrosoft.com] , you'll get your 1984 whore.

Screenshots (-1, Troll)

Heem (448667) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708731)

Assuming that one would take screenshots of the best scenes in the game, then from the screenshots given on the website, I'd be inclined to think that this game is absolutely horrible.

Re:Screenshots (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2708755)

You obviously didn't look at these ones [eljuli.net]

Re:Screenshots (2, Insightful)

Avery_Zero (544068) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708763)

Um.....you'd be wrong then. This game may be short on graphics but long on gameplay. Try the demo before you pronounce judgement.

Avery

Re:Screenshots (2, Insightful)

Jonavin (71006) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708764)

Speaking of screen shots, what kind of IP addresses are those? Obviously invalid IPv4, but not IPv6 either.

Itmakes you wonder if the game designers knows anything about net technology or hacking at all. So how do you hack in the game, click a "HACK" button?

Unfortunately the site is slashdotted and I could download teh beta/demo.

you're missing the point (2)

hawk (1151) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708880)

and so is everyone else. To win, you have to hack the game itself . . . :)


hawk, who learned to program by cheating at appletrek

Re:Screenshots (2)

Jonathan (5011) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708905)

The point isn't to simulate real-world hacking (which is pretty boring and interests few people older than 15) but the sort of glamourous hacking that goes on in the novels of William Gibson and his imitators. Thus, differences from real technology are actually intentional, just like James Bond movies aren't documentries about British intelligence agencies.

Re:Screenshots (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708968)

Furthermore, through Ozzy Ozbourne logic(1), the writers could probably be sued if anyone could take something from the game and perform a real-world exploit.

(1)Fictional mention of doing something stupid as a sue-able event, ref "Suicide Solution".

Re:Screenshots (5, Insightful)

jheinen (82399) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708767)

Why's that? Just because it doesn't have cutting-edge 3D graphics? Graphics have nothing to do with quality of gameplay. Zork was one of the all time greatest games ever, and it had *NO* graphics.

graphics (2)

hawk (1151) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708827)

But some graphics are nice. Nethack (no, not the stupid X version) strikes the right balance--@ for people, f for felines, o for orcs . . .


:)


hawk

Re:Screenshots (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2708931)

Yeah right - and I bet you go for the girls with brains alone - because looks just get in the way. Man, you're so deep.

Look, graphics help immersion in a game. They can make it more real, more funny, more touching. They can add little details - they can add atmosphere.

Graphics add to a game. They won't save a dog, but they can make the best game better. Even text adventures benefit from the choice of a stylish font.

Oh, and this story refers to the untangible "gameplay" factor. Congratulations, you're now going to hell where they'll have lots of "gameplay".

Re:Screenshots (2, Interesting)

matthewn (91381) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708773)

Just as books cannot be judged by covers alone, games cannot be judged by screenshots alone. Based on screenshots, would you ever play this game [nethack.org] ? No. But you should.

Re:Screenshots (1)

kawaichan (527006) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708816)

That's not true, you can always judge the book by cover most of the time.

Good Looking Cover usually means better content.

Re:Screenshots (1)

DrSkwid (118965) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708894)

bah, i thought this stupid book was the latest John Grisham novel but it's a flipping cook-book

How dare you?! (2, Insightful)

fmaxwell (249001) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708786)

Assuming that one would take screenshots of the best scenes in the game, then from the screenshots given on the website, I'd be inclined to think that this game is absolutely horrible.

This game runs on Linux -- and on Slashdot you aren't allowed to criticize any game that runs on Linux. No matter how lame, ill-conceived, or bug-ridden, it must be heralded as the wave of the future and a business model for game companies everywhere. Get with the program!

Next thing you know, you'll be telling me that Wolfenstien 3d is a better game than that Linux game with the penguin sliding on his belly in snow...

Re:Screenshots (2, Informative)

zmooc (33175) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708787)

Assuming that one would base his opinion of a game that's not at all about it's graphics on the screenshots given on the website, I'd be inclined to think that one requires an imagination-module-upgrade.

The fact that they have the guts to put these screenshots online (they're boring indeed) can only mean two things: (1) it really has to have great gameplay or (2) they need to replace their marketing department:)

I've played the demo... (1, Interesting)

eoPh (128750) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708732)

and it kinda makes me feel dirty :P

I mean, it's like a cheap movie. 'Crack Password' buttons, a nice little world map to make connetions through. A storyline of a sort. Everything that I've yet to see in real life...

Though, the temptation to yell out quotes from Hackers while playing this was unbeleivable :]

Real? (3, Funny)

FireChipmunk (447917) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708736)

You play an Uplink Agent who makes a living by performing jobs for major corporations. Your tasks involve hacking into rival computer systems, stealing research data, sabotaging other companies, laundering money, erasing evidence, or framing innocent people.


I wonder if they have real life events like the FBI crashing in on you in 26 locations all at once. Thats gotta suck.

don't think so (2, Insightful)

crowke (300971) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708742)

If the large game-companies don't care about Quake and UT for linux, why would they even look up for a low-budget small game (which is quite fun in my opinion)?

Mirrors (1)

RedOregon (161027) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708743)

NOTE: as of right now, the US mirror for the demo is NOT faster than the main download site.

Re:Mirrors (1)

basse (64014) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708748)

No, you're right. Then again, I'm downloading from Finland so wouldn't have expected it to be any faster... =)

Cool but... (2, Funny)

Undaar (210056) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708745)

I think this game looks really cool. But it would be a lot cooler if it were network playable.
Compete with other online hackers to get the job done.

Re:Cool but... (1)

crowke (300971) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708761)

as far as I know, the game has a network feature (I saw something like that in the win32 version, but never tested it)

Cyber-Terrorist Training Tool? (-1, Troll)

UltraBot2K1 (320256) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708750)

From the FAQ [introversion.co.uk] : "Uplink is a simulated hacking tool, which allows you to perform various acts of high-tech computer crime. You can steal computer files, compromise government computer systems etc etc. You make money by hiring out your skills as a freelance hacker."

This, to me, sounds even worse than Microsoft Flight Simulator, as far as aiding terrorists. FlightSim has a legitimate purpose. This game does not. Instead, it seems to allow terrorists to hone their hacking skills while evading the possiblility of detection. The traditional way of learning to hack involved hacking into actual computers on the internet. That way, the government can keep tabs on hackers. This way, the hackers can become highly skilled without the government ever knowing about it until they launch a real, coordinated attack on America's network infrastructure. Not a good situation. Not good at all . . .

Re:Cyber-Terrorist Training Tool? (1)

Undaar (210056) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708758)

They state specifically that the game will not allow you to fine-tune any real-life hacking skills. This is purely for fun. It is not realistic...

Re:Cyber-Terrorist Training Tool? (0)

Kanon (152815) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708778)

I think you might need to download the demo to see just how silly your post is.

Uplink simulates movie and TV style hacking. IE. Not realistic hacking in any shape or form. This style of hacking is fun.

Re:Cyber-Terrorist Training Tool? (1)

fok (449027) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708780)

this sounds like paranoia to me... but I dont blame you...

Whatever (1)

Jelque (63737) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708803)

Your not going to learn to be a hack/cracker by playing this game. Get real.

I am sure that bin laden trains all his people with M$ Flight Simulator to crash airplanes into buildings.

Re:Cyber-Terrorist Training Tool? (5, Funny)

Shenzi (419928) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708809)

And then we get the terrifying situation where thousands of would-be hackers are let loose on the 'net, and destroy civilization as we know it by clicking large buttoned labelled "CRACK PASSWORD" and "DISABLE PROXY".

As far as I can tell, it'd have exactly the opposite effect that you described - instead of 13-year-old wannabes spending all their time attempting (and failing) to hack into their school network, they just fire up Uplink and pretend they're gods. Take it from me, it's more interesting than real hacking anyday.

Re:Cyber-Terrorist Training Tool? (5, Insightful)

swillden (191260) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708812)

The traditional way of learning to hack involved hacking into actual computers on the internet.

Actually, the traditional way of learning to hack involves lots of time reading manuals, poring over source code and experimenting with machines under your control. Real computer security experts (both white hat and black hat) have *knowledge*, not "5ki11z". No computer game is going to teach you the volumes of excruciating detail about systems that is required to break into them (or, if it does, it won't be a game that many people find entertaining).

Note that I'm not addressing script kiddies here, who have neither knowledge nor skill, just a set of hack tools they've downloaded and don't understand. I suppose knowing which tool to apply to a particular system might be considered a "skill".

The common view of system hacking as some sort of art or magic is bogus. Social engineering has some art to it, though...

Re:Cyber-Terrorist Training Tool? (1)

Cruciform (42896) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708835)

I bet you're quoted on CNN and MSNBC before day's end.

Re:Cyber-Terrorist Training Tool? (1)

Cruciform (42896) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708845)

For those who haven't figured it out yet, he was being facetious when he posted that. (Hopefully anyway, hehe)

I still think the media could have a field day with a quote like that from a "reputable source". Damn journalists. Kill 'em all. Let the ethics committees sort 'em out.

Re:Cyber-Terrorist Training Tool? (0)

bobb0 (233295) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708875)

get real. like this game teaches you 'real hacking.' it is nothing more than a fun little game. its been out for a while, and is pretty popular. stop the acid, your paranoia level is too high.

Re:Cyber-Terrorist Training Tool? (1)

kekoap (37035) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708929)

Tee-hee. I bet you don't like the idea of Grand Theft Auto either, huh? Carjacker training tool? Mmmm. Definitely. ***

Re:Cyber-Terrorist Training Tool? (2)

Fesh (112953) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708971)

Yeah... I read the "about" link on the site, and the first thing that popped into my head was "Grand Theft Data".

Ah well.

Re:Cyber-Terrorist Training Tool? (5, Funny)

cpt kangarooski (3773) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708956)

You're absolutely right of course. My years of playing Dungeons and Dragons, and GURPS have honed me into a killing machine. In fact, I once had a character with an ST of 40, so I bet I could pick up a car in real life!

Re:Cyber-Terrorist Training Tool? (1)

i_am_nitrogen (524475) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708973)

That's funny, I always thought that "RTFM you F-in piece of S* moron" was the traditional way of learning to hack. Reading text files and Phrack and 2600 and the System V manual. Then, setting up a variety of systems in your house/apartment/warehouse with various operating systems and testing your skills on them, off the network, and then try to catch yourself by doing things a normal system administrator would do. This is how I learned to be a sysadmin, by building computers and trying to hack them, then fixing the ways that I did it.

If anything, this game should teach people to be better administrators, not better hackers.

Where's the Mac OS X version? (0, Flamebait)

toph42 (160730) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708751)

Linux schminux! I don't even boot Linux anymore, now that I've got Mac OS X. Where's the OS X version?

the most depressing part ... (0, Troll)

gravityZ (210748) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708753)

... is that according to this screen [introversion.co.uk] , Windows (a) is still around and (b) has the same fscking logo.

free advertising (-1, Flamebait)

GiMP (10923) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708754)

What a crapload of free advertising for something I 'm not interested in, dunno about the other slashdot readers but lately it seems that a lot of people and projects are getting unnecessary advertisements..

So who do I pay to get my site mentioned ? :)

Re:free advertising (1)

Rob Kaper (5960) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708788)

What a crapload of free advertising for something I 'm not interested in, dunno about the other slashdot readers but lately it seems that a lot of people and projects are getting unnecessary advertisements..

Doesn't it suck to visit a personal website, which Slashdot still is?

So who do I pay to get my site mentioned ? :)

Read the FAQ [slashdot.org] .

Re:free advertising (1)

Zillatron (415756) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708847)

What a crapload of free advertising for something I 'm not interested in, dunno about the other slashdot readers but lately it seems that a lot of people and projects are getting unnecessary advertisements.. So who do I pay to get my site mentioned ? :)

If only I could think of something GiMP, if only you had an obvious project you liked, GiMP.

Maybe I should try the homepage [bwbohh.net] listed in the header... HEY that's not what I expected! [gimp.org]

This one looks better! (0, Offtopic)

Rolo Tomasi (538414) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708757)

Parsec [parsec.org] is non-commercial and will be free (as beer)! Finally a state of the art online action game that for Linux (and MacOS X). CS is dead, long live Parsec! Unfortunately it's not finished yet.

Re:This one looks better! (1)

Rolo Tomasi (538414) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708768)

"game for Linux" that is ... heh.

Humm... (1)

The Great Wakka (319389) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708759)

It's already /.-ed, so I looked at it only a little bit...
What will really decide the fate of this game is whether or not it can run on low-end machines (P200, 64MB RAM, 3 GB HD, NO 3-D Accelerator). A Mac release would also help the popularity.
Other than that, it seems custom-tailored to /., hacking and games and Linux, all in one :P

Demo: no go on Slackware 8.0 (2, Informative)

Rob Kaper (5960) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708760)

cap@kira:~/uplink$ ./uplink
./uplink: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file:
cannot load shared object file: No such file or directory

cap@kira:~/uplink$ file ./uplink
./uplink: ELF 32-bit LSB executable, Intel 80386, version 1 (Linux), statically


Odd. As if it can't make up whether it using statically linked libraries or shared ones.


Shame I can't play the demo, this is a game that would look nice next to my Loki collection. :-(

Re:Demo: no go on Slackware 8.0 (1)

Jelque (63737) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708813)

This is a known problem. Check the webpage, there is a fix for this.

Re:Demo: no go on Slackware 8.0 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2708815)

$ ldd uplink | grep missing

So much for standards (-1)

ArchieBunker (132337) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708819)

I bet it doesn't work on half the distros out there. What the hell is redhat doing with inetd.conf?

Re:Demo: no go on Slackware 8.0 (2, Informative)

zmooc (33175) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708829)

Read the text on the demo download page. I'm not sure if it's about the same problem you have, but there's a fix for some library-problems the game has on slackware.

Re:Demo: no go on Slackware 8.0 (2)

Nathaniel (2984) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708923)

Try `ldd /home/kira/uplink/uplink`. This should tell you which library is missing.

hm (1)

Lord Omlette (124579) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708765)

I know some people will see this article as a blatant advertisement, but you have to give it a try. I have two friends who swear by this game, but of course the demo doesn't run on my system for some ungodly reason.

Fun (5, Informative)

austad (22163) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708775)

I grabbed the demo about 2 weeks ago, and I have to say, it's pretty damn fun. After I hacked in and changed some guys social security number, the demo ended because my rating got too high.

Apparently there's a story line which gets quite interesting, and the CD has a password protected zip file on it. You have to crack it to find out what's in it. I don't have the full version yet, but I'm planning on buying it. 2 of my friends just received their copies today.

Just download the demo and try it out, chances are that you'll buy it. I can't stop playing once I sit down in front of it, and I'm not normally into games at all.

gee, difficult (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2708909)

I bet it takes all of three seconds to get the zip file's password, considering there are dozens of zip file (brute force) password crackers around.

Re:Fun (4, Informative)

ChazeFroy (51595) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708961)

Here is a review [isonews.com] of the game on isonews.com.

Hacker..... (1)

BigGar' (411008) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708779)

Looks kinda similar to the old game "Hacker" for the APPLE 2 that came out in the 80's.

Re:Hacker..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2708854)

That's what I was kind of wondering -- if this game is so great, where is the Mac OS version of it? And why can I buy Unreal Tournament Game of The Year Edition in retail packaging at the local computer store for $20 complete with CD's and manuals -- and this game costs $25 with nothing but a bitstream? ;-)

It's not exactly a "real-world" game (4, Informative)

Rackemup (160230) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708783)

I tried out Uplink a while ago, i'm surprised it's just getting to /. now.

The reason there aren't many screen shots is because it's not an FPS and it's not a RTS.. it's more like a text-based SIM. You basically take on the "role" of a hacker for hire. Everything is done in-game and you get emails from the company that hired you containing tasks (ie servers to hack into, jobs to complete).

You download "tools" from the company server and you get paid for jobs you complete. More complex jobs require more expensive tools so you have to save up for them.

It's interesting, but it doesnt exactly reflect the real world. Nothing you learn in-game could help you hack into a bank or anything.

Re:It's not exactly a "real-world" game (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2708886)

I'm going to take out the Gibson [the HEAVY METAL]. Of course, I don't hack banks across state lines...my brains aren't in my ass.

It takes more then Graphics to make a game girls!! (2, Insightful)

cyberlotnet (182742) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708794)

Half the comments I see are about the graphics, Well I have played the game and yes the graphics are not great but the gameplay keeps you playing..

There are 100's of games on the shelf that have great graphics but there play sucks.. Im tired of it.. Anyone can hire a couple teenage graphic artists and throw together a smoldering pile of shit these days but few companys seem to be able to get some decent programmers together to make a Playable decent game.

Another game I suggest (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2708796)

It's called "Internet". My friend came over and installed it on my computer. It's amazing! It's like a virtual copy of our world in the computer. For example you type cnn.com, and you get plausible computer generated news, like if there were a mirror copy of the world inside the computer! The best are these "chat" areas where you can talk to AI programs. Also, there are weblogs that detail the daily life of some simulated people. Much more convincing than the SIMS! But it doesn't show you the people inside the computer as often as the SIMS. Very cool stuff! Am I supposed to tell you guys that you're only AI programs running on my P3 800MHz? Haha, can't wait to get a feedback. I bet you're programmed to deny it, like in these chat rooms.

Re:Another game I suggest (1)

cperciva (102828) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708868)

I bet you're programmed to deny it, like in these chat rooms.

Why would we deny it? Eliza was our ancestor.

Re:Another game I suggest (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2708913)

it doesn't show you the people inside the computer

That's because you're still stuck in level one. Go into these "chat" areas and ask for a credit card number. You'll have to ask in the *right* chat room. Then use the number to unlock these "member sites" you've surely encountered by now. And voila, you'll see nude simulated people!

Druglord (1)

kninja (121603) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708914)

This is a fun game. shareware, 60k runs in dos. I found it on a website to teach english slang...
The third one down... [get2net.dk]


Enjoy!

It's a nice game (5, Informative)

IdentityCrisis (235840) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708808)

It's a very nice game, with sleek graphics though there is nothing more than a few pictures at best.
the game isn't realistic at all (not opengl style cracking like the movie 'hackers' , but not real either)

Though the game gets pretty repetitive, it does have an external plot, and is very nice.
For a nice review check out the home of the underdogs' [theunderdogs.org] review [theunderdogs.org]
Another game that is being exclusivly published over the net is pontifex [chroniclogic.com] , better known as bridge builder 2, which is an awesome and very addictive game.

Re:It's a nice game (1)

Jordan Block (192769) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708910)

well, aparantly 16 GIGS isn't enough space to install the demo....

boring game (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2708817)

No offense, but I took a look at the demo the other day and it was incredibly boring. This may be amusing for the type of person who doesn't understand the tongue-in-cheek nature of the movie "Hackers" or who finds egg drop scripts in IRC incredible... But otherwise it's pretty... I dunno. Uninteresting.

It *looks* good. The presentation is good. I just don't know how much fun you can have pretending to hack into things and completing corporate espionage missions.

I've played it and it's great. (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2708824)

I'm sure I'll be modded down, but I've got to support this game. I'm not a gamer, it's one of the first things I delete when I need space on a computer. Uplink is addicting, though. The graphics are simple but the game play pulls you in. The music is enjoyable and the price is right. I highly recommend this game. But don't take my word for it: grab the demo.

News bulletin from 2010: (2, Funny)

Eryq (313869) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708825)

In a massive MS/FBI sting, the last users of the terrorist operating system "Linux" have been simultaneously arrested.

"It was easy," crowed MS/FBI chief Steve Ballmer. "In 2001, we released a game which proported to be a simulation, but was actually a real cracking tool when run on any OS other than XP. After enough evidence had accumulated, we simply rounded up all the perps! I LOVE this company! I LOVE THIS COMPANY!"

buggy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2708831)

sadly the games still a bit *buggy*.

i can't get it to work on any computer i have access to:

linux homebuilt
win98se homebuilt
win98se dell
win2000 dell

it's early beta quality.

Can't get to the site (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2708833)

After clicking on the uplink graphic at the main site, it says forbiden. Did they take it down cause of all the /. readers flocking there?

FORBIDDEN (0)

Webmstr FreaK (455810) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708834)

You don't have permission to access / on this server.

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If it's such a great game, how come their site's screwed?

Re:FORBIDDEN (2, Funny)

Enahs (1606) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708881)

If it's such a great game, how come their site's screwed?

Infallible logic, that.

</SARCASM>

Re:FORBIDDEN (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2708890)

Your first task in the game is to figure out how to get past the network blockage and download the rest of the game.

403 Forbidden? (0, Redundant)

TheOnlyCoolTim (264997) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708838)

Is this site coming up 403 Forbidden for anyone else or have they just decided they want to ban all Verizon DSL users such as myself?

Tim

Re:403 Forbidden? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2708863)

its not just you, it seems the site is slashdoted. Probably forgot to change the defualt maxusers line on apache.

Make sure you refer your friend ;-) (1)

bstadil (7110) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708848)

If you refer your friends you get a free Bonus disk once Introvision has finished it. Way cool game by the way, and you can use your Demo "work" in the full version, You do not have to start over.

Review of the game (1, Informative)

c=sixty4 (35259) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708853)

You can find a positive review (of the Windows version) at gamesdomain [gamesdomain.com] .

Neverwinter Nights For Linux (1)

Foofoobar (318279) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708855)

I heard that Neverwinter Nights from Bioware is releasing a Linux version at the same time it releases a Linux version. This is one game that would complete my conversion from Windows to Linux.

Re:Neverwinter Nights For Linux (3, Funny)

TheOnlyCoolTim (264997) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708876)

Bioware is releasing a Linux version at the same time it releases a Linux version


In other gaming news, Blizzard will release the Windows version of Warcraft III on the SAME DAY as the Windows version of Warcraft III is released.

Back to World News, when Osama bin Laden is caught and executed by the US experts predict that he will die at the same time...

Mirror for the demo... (1)

orbital3 (153855) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708864)

I found this link [tydel.com] to the demo using Google's cached pages of Introversion's webpage. It's a U.S. mirror, and it seems a bit slow, but it works.

Permissions (1)

thebabelfish (213456) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708871)

Now if they would only fix the permissions so everyone can read the HTML docs. I get a 403 Forbidden when I try to get to anything within the directory '/uplink'. The main page has me physched, too bad I can't learn more about it though. I guess I'll just have to wait...

Re: Permissions (5, Informative)

thebabelfish (213456) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708893)

Here's Google's [google.com] cache of the main stuff you'll want to see: Sorry no screenshots, images.google.com [google.com] doesn't seem to have them. Enjoy!

Actually a hack deterrent (4, Funny)

dfwmountainbiker (313435) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708877)

Now instead of the "script kiddies" having to launch some DOS attack, they can simulate it. Its all done for the thrill, if the same thrill can be received from a game, all the better than in real life. Until now there were not too many easily attainable alternatives, except setting up networks for friends to "attack". What fun is that? This game is actually a *good* thing for kids to play.

It is also not going to teach "Billy" how to hack. This game, although text driven, from the demo that I played does not teach players to "rm -rf /; or what log files to remove, or even how to interpret port scans" Any basic ideas, such as using multiple routing hosts, bouncing signals off banks, etc .... are either pure common sense or can be attained easily on the Net already by a newbie - and therefore the game is not a detrement at all.

ahh! (0, Redundant)

pctainto (325762) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708879)

looks like someone got a little too into the game, cuz i can't get on the page (access forbidden)

Tried it month ago. (2, Interesting)

Jordan Block (192769) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708889)

I tried Uplink out a couple months ago, and was less than impressed. The game didn't run well (it shouldn't take over 2 seconds to drag a windows around on a GHz machine)

On top of that, the game simply wasn't fun.

This has been out for ages (3, Informative)

davydmadeley (267470) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708896)

This game came out months ago!! I got hooked on the demo (which can be clocked in 15mins once u get good).
There is however a problem for those of use who don't have a credit card. HOW DO WE BUY THE FULL GAME. No shop will order it in :(
The music and interface are good for the style of the game.
Though it is one of those Movie OS's which are highly secure till you use the password cracker. It also downloads whole files with one click in seconds.
What we need now is for some aspiring group of hackers to join the interface to real scripts and real servers. Then we will have a whole new generation of script kiddies.

Does playing this game make u l337??

Re:This has been out for ages (1)

Cyph (240321) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708901)

You can pay for the full version with money orders, AFAIK.

*sigh* (2)

seebs (15766) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708899)

What's depressing is the realization that this will just result in more AOL users writing me to ask if I can change their credit files.

(I get a couple a week, these days.)

Slashdotted (0, Redundant)

"Zow" (6449) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708928)

What we've got here is a game that is approaching the Slashdot Enthusiast's Valhalla.

So "the Slashdot Enthusiast's Valhalla" is 403: "Forbidden You don't have permission to access / on this server."

Um. . . no.

Re:Slashdotted (3, Informative)

cnkeller (181482) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708948)

Alternate ftp site for the demo.

paradox.tydel.com:/pub/games/uplinkdemo_linux.zip

In other news... (1)

PixelJuice (208831) | more than 12 years ago | (#2708965)

I'll definitely shell out $25 for this, as soon as the web site comes back on line. In the mean time, this article made me remember HackersLab @ Free Hacking Zone [hackerslab.org] .
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