The fifth annual Life. Love. Game Design Challenge is officially underway and entries are now being accepted. The game design contest was created by Jennifer Ann’s Group with the goal of promoting games that deliver awareness on the dangers of teen dating violence. This topic is particularly important to the group's founder, Drew Crecente, who lost his daughter.
Jennifer Ann Crecente was a high school honors student that was murdered by an ex-boyfriend on February 15, 2006. The group's goal is to keep Jennifer Ann Crecente's memory alive by doing good works and by fighting teen dating violence through creating awareness. Jennifer Ann Crecente is also the niece of VOX Games (and former Kotaku) news editor Brian Crecente. I say "is" because her memory lives on through the group her father founded.
The game design challenge will award $5,000 to the developer who can create a game that highlights the dangers of teen dating violence without using violence as a component of gameplay.
The core criteria for the game design includes creating awareness that can educate players and communicate the message that teen dating violence is a serious problem, providing examples of abusive behavior, offering safety tips to teens in such situations, and offering advice to friends and families that might have a teen in a potentially deadly situation. While the educational aspect of the game will represent 40 percent of the game's score, other important aspects that will be judged include playability, re-playability, ease of use, innovation in gameplay, and graphics and music.
The First Place winner will receive $5,000; Second Place receives $500; Third Place receives $250 and one random entry will receive $100. The contest began on February 29 and the entry deadline is June 1, with the winners to be announced on June 17.
You can learn more about the contest and all the wonderful work that this charity does by visiting www.jenniferann.org.
The image of Jennifer and her father Drew Crecente comes from jenniferann.org.