UNF Spinnaker

UNF alumni creates PC game

Kaitlyn Bowers, Features Editor

Like many other people, the pandemic hit UNF alum Brian Durham hard. What started as a lost job, however, ended up being one of the best things that could have happened to him, as it opened up the opportunity for Brian to chase his dream. 

Graduating in the fall of 2016 with a degree in information technology, Durham is now proud to be able to call himself a self-made game developer. Currently, he’s putting the finishing touches on his first game, “Nominal.”

Brian Durham

“Nominal” is a party game set in outer space, but contained in one ship. The goal is to keep the ship from blowing up, but it isn’t quite so simple. Durham compares the game to “Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes,” a 2015 puzzle game that relies heavily on communication between the players. 

“The morning before I was pulled into a meeting to be told that I was being let go, I was just like, ‘What if there’s a game like ‘Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes,’ but it was in space, and instead of a bomb, it’s your spacecraft basically malfunctioning?’,” Durham said. “And then about two hours later I was let go, and I was like, ‘I guess I know what I’m doing.’”

Essentially, the game involves one player being the spacecraft commander. This player is the only one with the manual to the spacecraft, and the other players, taking the role of crew members, aren’t allowed to look at it. The manual explains emergency protocols, different aspects of the ship and meanings of various indicators that may pop up. As you can imagine, communication between all players is incredibly important.

Upon release, the game will only be available for PC. However, Durham intends on releasing the game on every platform if the reviews are positive enough. The game is planned to be released in the month of January, although the exact date is currently unknown. 

“Functionally, it’s all there. I’m just working on the final polish,” Durham said. “As long as my hands don’t disintegrate, I should be able to meet my deadline.”

While this is his first time acting as his own boss, Durham doesn’t find it too hard to stay on a schedule. If anything, it’s relieving to be left to his own devices. 

“I wake up every day more motivated than I ever have been,” Durham said. “This is something that I actually care about. It’s my baby. I make all the calls, and I don’t have the stress of a boss pointing out typos that go in my quarterly review.”

To stay up to date, Durham suggests following his game studio’s Twitter page. More information on the game can also be found on the game’s Steam page and website. The game’s trailer can be viewed down below.

 

_

For more information or news tips, or if you see an error in this story or have any compliments or concerns, contact [email protected].

 

About the Writer
Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Left
  • Photo courtesy of IMDb

    Entertainment

    “Legendary” review

  • Photo by sydney Rae on Unsplash.

    Academics

    UNF named ‘Most military friendly school’ for 12th consecutive year

  • Photo by 🇸🇮 Janko Ferlič on Unsplash.

    Academics

    How to find sources for your papers at the UNF library

  • Album cover art for The Shadows I Remember by Cloud Nothings

    Album Reviews

    Album Review: The Shadow I Remember by Cloud Nothings

  • A copy of the book "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street," by Dr. Seuss, rests in a chair, Monday, March 1, 2021, in Walpole, Mass. Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the business that preserves and protects the author and illustrator

    Book Reviews

    AP: 6 Dr. Seuss books won’t be published for racist images

  • Courtesy of Disney Platform Distribution.

    Daily

    WandaVision episode eight spoiler review

  • A happy graduate holding her degree.

    Academics

    UNF Spring 2021 graduates will have an in-person graduation walk

  • SG Presidential Debate recap

    Academics

    SG Presidential Debate recap

  • Graphic by Spinnaker Creative Team.

    Daily

    LIVE: UNF Student Government Election Debate!

  • Graphic by Spinnaker Creative Team.

    Daily

    UNF Student Government Election Debate this evening!

Navigate Right
Activate Search
UNF's #1 Student-Run News Source
UNF alumni creates PC game