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David O’Donoghue, 2011 Anthill 30under30 Up-and-Comer

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What is 30under30?

30under30 is an Anthill initiative launched in 2008 to encourage and promote entrepreneurship among young Australians. This year’s batch of nominees was extensive and impressive. So much so that we believe several young talents who didn’t snag 30under30 top honors still deserve your attention and recognition. We call them our Up-and-Comers. More.

David O’Donoghue, SA (b. 1986)

Name: David O’Donoghue
Age: 25 (Born: March 1986)
Gender: Male
State: SA

Coming soon to the smartphone in your hand — Monster Truck Destruction, a game that emulates the look and feel of a full-blown video-console smash-’em-up. The action/racing/mayhem game is the creation of Up-and-Comer David O’Donoghue and the centerpiece of his new business, ODD Games.

O’Donoghue, who is based in Adelaide, created ODD Games as an app-development studio aimed at creating products for mobile markets and social networks (he plans to pitch a version of Monster Truck Destruction for Facebook).

“We have such powerful mobile devices now and they aren’t begin fully exploited by the gaming industry,” O’Donoghue says. “We want to change that.”

Monster Truck Destruction is in beta testing now; O’Donoghue expects to rev up the complete version at the end of the year, and post it to the iPhone app store. A version for Android phones also is planned.

The means by which he has built buzz for MTD shows he has horsepower in more than just coding. ODD Games created a Facebook app; joiners received points based on how active they were on the Facebook page, which currently has more than 80,000 members. Those ranked in the top 50 gained access to a beta version of Monster Truck Destruction.

O’Donoghue says ODD Games has secured a deal with video-game publisher Chillingo (which also publishes a quiet, little game called Angry Birds), and that there is a licensing deal in place with an unidentified “major monster truck team.”

ODD Games also nailed down some industry cred in August by bagging three awards, including Best Pitch, at the MEGA South Australia Pitch Day competition.

“I don’t believe in siting around and dreaming when you can start moving toward making that dream a reality,” O’Donoghue says.

Anthill asks: David O’Donoghue, what’s your superpower?

“I can take two pieces of code that are average by themselves, combine them, and make them awesome! Most of the time … it’s my own code :)”

Monster truck destruction game

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