My name is Xavier Clarke, and, as a kid I loved playing video games. I knew that I wanted to get into the gaming industry and that that was what I wanted to do with my life, I had no way of knowing how to reach my dream. Until I had to sit in on a mandatory presentation at my school for a program called Urban Teens Exploring Technology. During the presentation, it dawned on me that this was my shot in taking a step towards my dream. I only saw myself getting B’s and C’s then attending a college. Making games my priority and grades second because those games I played I viewed as life. I knew I had to apply to this Urban TxT thing, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity and by the grace of God I received an interview to be part of the program. I actually got in to the program and I was ecstatic! I just couldn’t believe it!
Once I completed the summer program of Urban TxT in 2013, I began to see things from more of a business perspective. I also started to see the picture of where I wanted to be in life. Before Urban TxT, I used to think if I get at least some B’s and C’s I can get into a good college like USC, Stanford, and UCLA. I was just thinking about making it through day by day. Often times I hear people say “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime” [Unknown]. School was giving me a fish for the day until Urban TxT taught me how to fish. I have learned more about myself as a person and this is pushing me to reach my goals. It’s pushing me to want to start my own business or go into the gaming industry.
To this end, my group created a game called “SAT Fighters” which is an interactive program/game in which SAT vocabulary is tested in the form of a game: where ninjas, locked in battle, perform moves on one another depending on if the definition entered in the game (by the user) is correct or not. Creating this game has been a labor of love, and has helped me to see what it is like to take an idea and make it in to something tangible.