Lexi Ryckman said inspiration for her own game came from playing another video game called Destiny, a story that really takes you to another dimension. Her goal was to create a game with deep history that keeps players involved in the story, just as Destiny does.
"My game is about an alien from a distant planet. You are the last of an ancient order created to protect the universe from the Darkness, an ancient evil order whose only goal is to conquer the universe. After the Darkness attacked your base, you were placed in hyper sleep to heal from your injuries. There, you healed for millions of years. You wake up alone, the only survivor. You then make it your mission to drive out the Darkness from the planets they conquered, find allies to help you and recover the powers you lost the day of the attack.In order to progress the story, you have to fight the Darkness out of different areas on different planets. After you accomplish certain tasks to help you drive the Darkness away, you can then move on to different area."
Her story allows players to feel as though they are getting away from Earth, an aspect that Lexi says she loves about certain video games. "It's cool seeing aliens have the humanity that humans have, it shows us that everyone has humanity."
Other activities that Innovation Week offered were TechRocket courses, which helped students learn how to code. While some of AHCCS's students were intimated by these activities because of their level of difficulty, Lexi rose to the occasion.
"Some of the courses are long, but aside from that, they weren't that hard. I found them to be quite easy and I learned a lot from them. It allowed you to see a more advanced way of coding by actually writing lines of code. I always had an interest in coding, so learning the basics was awesome."
Lexi has always been captivated by technology and coding, but recently has been exploring other career options and considering a different profession that brings out her additional strengths and interests.
"Right now, I'm thinking about a career in forensic psychology or forensic science. I will always be interested in coding so if I do end up with a career in technology, it would either be in video game design or film editing."