A game that started life in a brief conversation at Galway Game Jam over two years ago is now is now making waves in the online gaming world.
Back in 2014, video-game artist, Paul Conway and video-game design lecturer, Christopher Colston, spent less than eight hours coming up with an idea for The Darkside Detective.
According to Knocknacarra-based Paul, their idea only transformed into a fully-fledged project when a few short demos they released began to gain traction.
“The initial idea kicked off in November 2014 but from the outset, it got a lot of media attention.
“People seemed to like it and so we refined it a bit more and decided to make it a full project – that’s when Dave McCabe came on board as a writer to bring the story on,” said Paul.
Paul said that the game is a bit of a journey back in time for gamers of a certain age – reigniting some of the traits of television shows of the late twentieth century.
“It’s part comedy and part adventure – you’re following the investigations of Detective Francis McQueen and his sidekick, Officer Dooley in the bizarre, silly world of Twin Lake City.
“People play it for a laugh and because there is a lot of 90s nostalgia in it – it is aimed at an audience between the ages of 25 and 35.”
The game was released on July 27 and it has been a hit by all accounts with 200 positive reviews liking it and wanting more, said Paul.
“It has achieved 9/10 recommendation badges and it has been very successful in getting our name out there.”
And all of this success has been achieved by a game that, as Paul explains, was created in their spare time.
“The Darkside Detective had to be made in our spare time over two years because we had zero funding for most of the development cycle.
“Having financial supports in place early could have helped us get our game to the audience a year earlier.”
See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune.
Connacht Tribune tributes to loved ones
These past few months have seen so many communities left to silently mourn family members and friends, whose funerals they would have attended in such numbers, were it not for the current Covid-19 restrictions.
But those that are gone have not been, and will not be, forgotten – which is why we want to open the pages of the Connacht Tribune to you to tell their stories.
If you’ve lost a loved one, whether to Covid-19 or not, or if your community or organization or sports club is mourning the death of a valued member and friend, you can email us your tribute and we will publish it in our papers.
All you have to do it to click on the above link, and it will take you to a short set of questions which you can fill in – and then add whatever you feel tells the story of the life of your friend, family member or colleague.
You can email that with a photograph to us, to email@example.com or you can post it to ‘Obituaries’, Connacht Tribune, 21 Liosban Business Park – and please enclose a contact number in case we have any queries.
We sympathise with anyone who has lost a loved one at this awful time, particularly given that so many people were unable to mourn with them and their family in person – and we hope that this will help in some small way to show those family members that we are all united in grief, even from a distance.
This is an additional feature we are providing alongside our long-established weekly Family Notices section where loved ones are remembered immediately by Months Mind Notices and annual anniversary remembrances. You can contact our team for further details at firstname.lastname@example.org
Gardaí seek help in locating missing man
Gardaí have sought help in locating a man missing in Galway since the end of December.
34-year-old Luke Davoren was last seen in the University Road area on December 30.
He is described as having fair hair, 6ft in height and having an athletic build. He was last seen wearing a grey hoody, brown leather jacket, blue jeans and brown leather boots. He also had a black back pack in his possession.
Gardaí and Luke’s family are very concerned for his welfare and have urged him to make contact.
Anyone with information, particularly any road users with dash cam footage of the Newcastle/University Road areas between 1am – 2am on December 30, is asked to contact Galway Garda Station on 091 538000.
Hospitals cope with overcrowding and staff shortages as Covid crisis peaks
Confirmed cases of Covid-19 continue to skyrocket in Galway, as virus-related frontline healthcare staff shortages persist and now overcrowding emerges as a new threat.
Galway experienced four days of record-breaking positive case notifications in the past week, as hospitalisations grew exponentially and pressure was heaped on the critical care units at University Hospital Galway (UHG) and Portiuncula.
Hospital management said it was unsure whether community transmission had peaked locally yet – and they expect hospitals to be under ‘significant pressure’ from Covid admissions well into February.
Nurses have highlighted how overcrowding in the Emergency Department of the county’s two main public hospitals has returned – some 112 patients were stuck on trolleys awaiting admission to UHG and Ballinasloe on five mornings in the past week. Meanwhile, it hasn’t yet been officially confirmed that the new UK variant of Covid is present in Galway, but authorities believe it is.
The latest data shows there has been no let-up in new cases notifications in Galway – 604 confirmed cases were notified for Monday, the highest in Ireland and Galway’s worst ever day by a long shot.
It was a frightening figure but it was not for one day and was part of clearing the backlog of cases over Christmas and New Year, the HSE said.
That pushed Galway’s 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 to 1033.9 more than double what it was a week ago and eight times what it was a fortnight ago. Some 2,668 new Galway cases were notified in the fortnight to midnight Tuesday.
Read the full story and comprehensive coverage of the Covid-19 crisis in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now – or you can download our digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie