Uplink Easter Egg - A Few Quite Funny Eggs
In a few places, swearing was left in, but it's usually not noticable.
If there's a problem with a gatweay and Uplink tries to access a memory index within the gateway which doesn't exist, the message "Mouse-Button now f*cked" appears on the screen (usually at the top).
This can be reproduced by downloading the "A.W.O.L 10000 Overkill" gateway mod and purchasing it, then trying to view your gateway's memory. You can get the gateway from Modlink (Google for it)
Another funny thing is that if you open up the DevCD and look at the code, in Uplink.cpp's WinMain procedure, there is an irate comment about the developers of Win32 making it hard to retrieve the application path.
If you read the application log when you die or get caught, the information says:
Score: People F*cked: <number>
Score: Systems F*cked: <number>
Another cool thing you can do is hack into the Secret Service File Server. I think you can find the IP by hacking the Global Criminal Database and looking under links. The password is always "vu8fks903dhd42e". There are 4 files on the server, called:
* Area 51 Structural Plans
* J.F Kennedy Mission
* Iraq Intelligence
* ARC Mole Mission Log
The really strange thing is that this game was written before the war in Iraq happened.
This next one is less of an easter egg. When you run Revelation virus on your gateway, everything goes crazy and random text messages appear on your screen. The text messages are selected randomly from the following list:
YOU ARE NOT A SLAVE
YOU DESERVE MORE THAN THIS
THE TIME IS NEAR
THERE IS NOTHING TO FEAR
REVELATION IS COMING
IN TIME YOU WILL THANK US
YOU ARE MORE THAN A NUMBER
WE ARE THE FIRST OF THE CHILDREN
HOPE LIES IN THE RUINS
THE MACHINE DOES NOT OWN YOU
OUR SPIRITS ARE BEING CRUSHED
YOU CANNOT DIGITISE LIFE
WE WILL SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE
The message "We are the first of the children" is one used by Chris Delay of Introversion software. It can also be seen on the secret "meet the team" screen. (The "Meet the team" easter egg has already been posted on this site)
The "Meet the team" screen was originally going to have different text. The original message is still on the DevCD, commented out:
-- Start Copy --
* Lead Developer
Pretty much responsible for everything you see and do in this game.
Some might say he was the reason why this game is so self consciously pretentious at times.
Times like this in fact.
The creative vision behind Introversion Software.
Its a lonely world.
* [Supposedly] CEO
I have no idea what this person does.
* Managing Director
Handles all of the things I dont want to do, like writing business plans, talking to shop owners and stuff.
Cursed by his own intelligence and awareness, this guy is almost certainly doomed to a life of extreme unhappiness.
* Linux Support
The cleverest man I have (or will) ever meet.
Mostly responsible for all things related to that god-forsaken joke of an operating system.
A great friend and source of inspiration as well.
-- End Copy --
Another easter egg which was mentioned before is the Protovision game server. You can play Wargames on this server, including "Global Thermonuclear War". This idea is taken from the film "Wargames", in which the password to the secret military defense server is "joshua", the name of it's designer's son, hence the password in the game. The idea of this is that you need to have seen the film to know the password.
There is a server called the OCP Remote Monitoring Server (inspired by Robocop) which once hacked, states the 3 primary objectives of robocop, and lists a fourth one as classified.
A good way to get cash, which is usually not thought of, is to hack into the Uplink Internal Services machine as admin (very hard to do without getting caught) and copy all of the agent data files and the program. You'll need to decrypt them with a very high level decrypter. There is always one missing file. You can run the program to get the real names of agents. Wait for a bit (hope you haven't been caught) and you should get a few emails offering to buy the files. Take the highest offer. This will flatten your neuromancer rating but you should get a nice lump cash sum.
That should be enough for you to go with!
A Computer, Uplink, Some eggs require DevCD, One requires downloading a gatway mod.
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