Saturday 17 August 2019

Gaming student Glenn reaching for the stars

Glenn Noctor and a screenshot from the game.
Glenn Noctor and a screenshot from the game.
Glenn Noctor (inset) and a shot of one of the game scenes.

By David Tucker

A YOUNG Wexford man will know later today (Tuesday) whether a space shoot 'em up computer game he has developed with fellow students from the IADT is good enough to win them a BAFTA.. and a load of money!

Glenn Noctor, from Liam Mellows, and fellow members of Team Sunbear are competing in Dare ProtoPlay in the Scottish city of Dundee.

It's the UK's biggest Indie games festival and as well as showcasing the games produced by the student teams on Dare to be Digital, the festival showcases many other indie games from local, national and international developers and offers a varied educational programme for the public.

Glenn, who is about to go into fourth year at the IADT, said his team's game 'From the Verge to the Void' is a first person shooter game, the action all taking place in a series of space ships, with added interest coming from the physics and gravity you need to apply to move around the platform.

Each level presents the player with a new ship to explore. Within these ships the player will collect beings known as faeries, the mysterious creatures that power this world, which also act as the player's score. The player can also collect audio logs left by the inhabitants of the ship. These logs tell the story behind each wreck and gradually reveal the mysteries of the void throughout the game.

The ultimate goal each level is to find the ship's 'black box', which will reveal the fate of the ship and provide the coordinates to the next wreck to be plundered, even further out, into the unknown.

Glenn said there were 16 teams from around the world competing, with judging taking place over three days, with 'official' judges and members of the public casting their ballots after trying out the games for themselves.

Glenn, who is studying animation, said the game had been in development for about four months with work on it accelerated over the past two months after the team heard they had got into the competition, an achievement in itself.

'We're excited to be here, we entered last year with a different game, but didn't get anywhere, said Glenn, the son of Tony and Pauline Noctor.

Glenn said that as well as prizes of £2,500 for the top three games, Channel 4 television is putting up £25,000 for one of the competing teams and the Design in Action award is worth £20,000. The top three teams also get nominated for a Bafta One to Watch award. Not surprisingly Glenn would like to work full time as a games developer when he graduates.

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