- [A few weeks ago, Brian Crecente's brother Drew was kind enough to ask me to judge his Flash game competition that presented a worthy and interesting challenge - how do you create a game which urges against violence in teen relationships? The results are out and top entries are now playable - press release is below.]

"Jennifer Ann’s Group, sponsor of an innovative contest to promote education about Teen Dating Violence, announced the winners of its “2008 Life. Love. Game Design Contest” today. The contest received worldwide attention with the provocative question, “can you design a game about Teen Dating Violence without using violence itself?” with coverage by Kotaku, Newsweek, Jay Is Games and more.

Winners:

Jorge Goyco, 1st place, $1000
Jared Sain, Runner Up, $100
Mark Kakareka, Runner Up, $100
Patrick Dugan, door prize, $100

Quotes:

“I’m very pleased with the response that our contest has received from both the gaming and education communities. Jennifer Ann’s Group is always investigating novel approaches to educate our teens about the very real dangers of Teen Dating Violence.” – Drew Crecente, Director of Jennifer Ann’s Group

“Properly identifies many warning signs of a potentially abusive relationship – very nicely done!” – Dr. Elizabeth L. Richeson, Advisory Board Member, Jennifer Ann’s Group on Jorge Goyco’s first place entry.

"Feels real ... and gets the message across supremely well." – Simon Carless, Chairman, Independent Games Festival on Jared Sain’s runner-up entry.

“This was my favorite game. It's cheesy, it's not really worth re-playing except for laughs, but it's memorable. It benefits from being incredibly simple to play. I could imagine anyone being able to make it work and to get the message here. Is it over-the-top? Sure. But it creates an indelible image and gives even the amateur player the chance to role-play a cartoonish but safe version of a dangerous situation that every teenager should be aware of.” - Stephen Totilo, MTV News on Jared Sain’s runner-up entry.

[About Jennifer Ann’s Group: Jennifer Ann’s Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity dedicated to the prevention of Teen Dating Violence. The group is named for Jennifer Ann Crecente, a high school senior that was murdered by her ex-boyfriend on February 15, 2006. For further information about Jennifer Ann’s Group please visit http://www.JenniferAnn.org.]