Games for Change has announced that the game concept Safe Sex with Friends is the winner of the 2013 SEXETC.ORG Game Design Competition. The three finalists were Safe Sex with Friends, SexEd Super Task Force, and Check/Mate. After hearing presentations from all three finalists (during the 10th Annual Games for Change Festival) and thoughtful deliberation by jurors (Matt Parker, Lana Dakan, Lucinda Holt, and Naomi Clark,) Safe Sex with Friends was selected as the winning game.
Safe Sex with Friends is a social game (web, mobile) that uses simple game mechanics to teach teens and young adults the basics of safe sex. The game uses mechanics borrowed from word games like Scrabble and Words With Friends to teach the basics of when to use "barrier protection" for safer sex. Designers Kaho Abe (NYU-Poly), Ramsey Nasser (Eyebeam), and Sarah Schoemann (CUNY Hunter) have won $35,000 to develop their game concept into a prototype.
"We are really excited, and so grateful for this,” Kaho and Ramsey said after they were announced as the winning game designers. “We really wish that Sarah were here to accept this honor on stage with us.”
The process, including the public contest and the cash prize, were funded by the David & Lucile Packard Foundation.
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