Lexington Entrepreneur Chases Dream By Creating Video Game

  • 6/6/2017 1:45:36 PM
  • Sartaj Singh
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - A local resident's passion for video games has led him to create his very own game. 

Kent Reese's passion led to the creation of "Duck", his first video game. The game features players controlling a duck that must get to the end of the level and avoid many obstacles on the way. 

Kent knew from a young age that video games were something special for him. 

"I just had a passion, and I decided to pursue it." Kent Reese said. "I did not want to wait."

The platformer game is primarily self-funded, however, Kent was able to raise $1,000 through the Young Entrepreneurs Academy to complete the final steps of development for his game. 

Kent has played a variety of video games, from old classics to the latest games on the market. The experience playing those games and the curiosity of how games are made drove him into video game development.

A game that makes the player feel joyful is the type of feeling he wants to bring to his game. Super Mario was a big inspiration for Kent. 

"Any of my friends can tell you that I love those games," Reese said. "I just feel great joy playing those types of games. and I feel that is a big aspect of what I want to bring into this game." 

As of today, "Duck" is 80% complete. The visual art is the focus for the next couple of months before the game is completed.

"Duck" has been in development for a long time, but Kent states that he expects the game to be released sometime in September of this year.

"It's been a long time coming, it'll be five years when the game releases that I have been developing this," Reese said. "But I think, in the end, it'll all be worth it."

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