By Jack Buckley, Youth Digital Student
My name is Jack, creator of the Ultimate Knight series and owner of the company, Quantum Games. I’m here to tell you why I love to create. I’ve always been a creator. From art to Minecraft, I have found that I am not content with my day without creating.
You can get bored with playing video games, browsing the app store for the ‘NEXT BIG THING’ or scrolling through social media 24/7. But by creating, you aren’t limited to what the designer put in the game or wishing for more features but not being able to do anything about it. By creating apps, games and more you have the ability to do whatever you want to do. If there isn’t a certain feature or function in Minecraft, you can add it through modding. Have an idea? Simply jot it down on paper or Apple Notes and start creating the ‘NEXT BIG THING’ yourself.
Creativity and imagination are some of the best things in my opinion. It gives you a certain level of security knowing that there are people out there who created Apple or Google. With hard work; you could be like them.
I love to create because it empowers you, makes you feel like you really can accomplish something significant. And you really can. I worked for 80 hours over the summer on the first ‘Ultimate Knight’ game, and am currently 40 Hours in to the sequel. Creativity, for me, makes work seem like fun. I would have never made it through those 120 Hours without creativity.
I also love to create because you feel immense gratification at the end when people say, “Wow! You can create a video game? That is awesome, dude!” I don’t regret one moment of that 80-hour period now, and I’d do it again in a heartbeat.
When work feels like fun, you are encouraged to do it. That is why I love creating. And I would like to encourage you, if you’ve never tried to create something significant or empower people with your product, consider trying it out. You may be surprised – creating is truly the biggest blessing any of us have. So try it out and join me in creating!