Jennifer Ann’s Group, an Atlanta-based 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to preventing teen dating violence through "awareness, education, and advocacy;" announced the winners of the 2013 Life. Love. Game Design Challenge. The competition asked participants to create games that raised awareness about teen dating violence and appealed to students. One other key element of all of this year's winners is that they raise awareness about teen dating violence without using any violence in gameplay.
This year the winning games will be rolled-out in different phases so that each winning entry can have a chance to be highlighted properly. The first game to be released is called "What Kind of Monster is your Boyfriend" from 99Uno in Argentina. It won fourth place in the competition. This game uses teen vampires, werewolves, and other monsters to get the attention of teens while sharing an important message about the value of healthy relationships. What Kind of Monster is your Boyfriend is available here and playable via your favorite web browser.
The 2013 Life.Love. Game Design Challenge winners are:
● 1st Place: Love in the Dumpster by Jean HEHN from Belgium
● 2nd Place: Janie’s Sketchbook by Guts (Hima) Rodsavas and Piti Yindee of GPTouch from Thailand
● 3rd Place: YourSpace by Paul McGee, Sam Gross, Lyndsey Moulds, Ross McWilliam, and Kayfaraday from Ireland
● 4th Place: What kind of Monster is your Boyfriend? by 99Uno from Argentina
You can learn more about Jennifer Ann's Group at http://www.jenniferann.or or give a donation to the organization here. The charity was established to honor the memory Jennifer Ann Crecente, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 2006 at the age of 18. The charity's goal is to raise awareness about the very real dangers of teen dating violence.