In 2006, 18-year-old Jennifer Ann Crecente was murdered by an ex-boyfriend. In the wake of the tragedy, Jennifer Annís family founded a memorial group in her name
, with the goal of bringing awareness to teen violence through challenges like its annual Game Design Challenge.
Now in its sixth year, and this time asking for mobile submissions for iOS, Android or HTML5, the Life.Love Game Design Challenge
calls upon developers to design a game to educate players about teen violence and abuse, but without using violence within the game itself.
Jennifer Ann's father, Drew Crecente spoke with Gamasutra in 2010
about the nature of the game challenge:
The primary goal is to educate people about the issue of dating violence and associated warning signs that one may be in an unhealthy relationship. ... This is a topic that is unlikely to be received as well if the information is coming from somebody's parents (or other authority figures) so allowing the players to self-teach through games feels like a better approach.
The winning submission will earn its developer(s) a $5000 cash prize. To enter, participants must register
with the Jennifer Ann Memorial Groupís website and submit their games by June 1st.