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Chris Delay gets over his introversion and talks.

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Prison Architect earns $19m from 1.25m sales - but what's next?

Prison Architect earns $19m from 1.25m sales - but what's next?

"The next game we make will not be about prisons..."

Prison Architect, the game that saved Introversion, did so in spectacular style: to date it has earned more than $19m from over 1.25m sales.

That $19m (and something) figure is accurate as of around 1.30pm (BST) Saturday, 26th September, which is when Introversion founding director Mark Morris shows me it on his phone in some sort of data-tracking app.

The 1.25m sales milestone is mentioned a few times during our interview.

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App of the Day: Uplink

App of the Day: Uplink

Bleeping hell.

Uplink's over a decade old, which in PC terms puts it somewhere in the Jurassic era, but it could have been made today. Now ported to iPad, this game is so spare in its elements and visually economic - pure, even - it will still seem new in another ten years.

Uplink is a world of hacking straight out of Hollywood mythology and layered with PC jargon. The game is a series of interfaces: a map screen to 'bounce' connections across the world, emails, a job list, and access pages for other computer systems. Added to this are the programs you choose to run, pop-up icons you're constantly switching between.

The tools and their uses are of the lock-and-key variety, so everything's about using the right ones at the right time to maximise every second on a job. Changing tools is handled by a pop-up menu that translates beautifully to iPad, and despite the initially bewildering nomenclature you're soon using it on autopilot.

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FeatureHave videogames lost the plot?

A look at why games don't tell good stories.

Despite the advances of the past decade, from physics engines and motion control to near photo-realistic graphics, there is one area in which games still have huge scope for improvement. Why, after all this time, are so many videogames still so bad at telling stories?

FeatureRetrospective: Uplink

Beep boop beep ba beep bo boop ba beep.

Come with me now, as we attempt to picture the year 2010. Let your mind stretch out and attempt to perceive the thrill, the technological adventure. What manner of life will we be living? And most importantly, what sort of computers will we be working with?

Introversion bundle for USD 20

Defcon, Darwinia and Uplink.

Looking for something perfect for your PC-loving friend this Christmas? Or, more likely, something perfect for your PC this Christmas? Then Steam appears to have just the thing: the Introversion Anthology, featuring Darwinia, Defcon and Uplink for just USD 19.95, which includes a one-week discount of USD 10.

FeatureDEFCON

Chris Delay gets over his introversion and talks.

If you're of that particular mindset, Introversion are the closest the 00s have to a genuine underground heroes. Its story is a dramatic one.

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Review - the world's first hacking sim?

Uplink Established

Back in the 1980s you couldn't consider yourself a true geek unless

you had programmed an entire game from your own back bedroom,

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