Experience in Vietnam war helps inspire video game
FATHER-son relationships are often an unbreakable bond, but Ray and Che Lindemann have made theirs even stronger through a common gaming interest.
Ray, 68, and Che, 36, have developed their own video game, despite neither of the Sunshine Coast duo having prior experience in app development.
It took them 18 months to make Che's dream of making his own mobile app, Get That Gopher, a reality.
"I've always been into games, ever since I was, you know, a little kid," Che said.
The idea of the game is to roll a bomb towards a gopher that is stealing corn from a farmer and, on the next stage, gold from a miner.
Inspiration for the game came from various areas, drawing ideas from vintage arcade games Ray played in his childhood, the classic Chevy Chase comedy film Caddyshack and even underground tunnels from the Vietnam War.
"I'm a war vet from Vietnam and the other thing that came to mind was the Cu Chi Tunnels (in Ho Chi Minh City)," Ray said.
"The Viet Cong used to have a tunnel under the ground which could go right down the bottom."
Che added: "They had hospitals and everything underground and they basically fought everyone from down there."
The pair worked in with developers in Melbourne who helped transform the idea into a playable game.
There are currently two stages to the game, with the pair planning on adding more as the game gains popularity and momentum.
They believe it could be taken much further - possibly creating a new franchise.
"The characters have potential to go a lot further than just the game," Che said.
"You could make cartoons out of it - characters.
"We don't want to restrict these characters to just an app game."
For those considering making their own app or game, Ray and Che both agree that it's something you should go for.
"If you come up with an original idea and you believe in it ... give it a go," Ray said.
Get That Gopher is available from the Apple App Store for 99 cents and is aimed at people aged nine and above (rated for infrequent violence).
The Lindemanns plan to extend availability of the game to the Android store.