Teen web developer creates video game inspired by COVID-19 vaccine

Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 12:08 PM CST
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PLYMOUTH, Mn. (WBKO) - As we’ve been forced to stay at home and keep ourselves entertained during the pandemic, video games have seen an even greater increase in popularity. According to market research firm NPD Group, game sales in the U.S. in August grew 37 percent year-over-year to $3.3 billion. And now COVID-19 and its subsequent vaccine has inspired a teenager to create a video game called COVID Invaders.

Josh Ternyak of Plymouth, Minnesota developed the online game. He said the idea was inspired by his friend Roman Peysakhovich and the retro game Space Invaders. The 16 year old front-end web developer said he started learning how to code when he was 11 years old. In early 2020, he started to focus on copywriting and implementing designs with HTML and CSS.

Ternyak said 3,000 people have logged on to play the game since its launch a few weeks ago.

You can play COVID Invaders here.

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