"Grace's Diary" Educates About, Explores Teen Dating ViolenceS

Grace's Diary has players work their way through an interactive story, working to discover what happened to Grace and, perhaps, learning the danger signs of Teen Dating Violence.

The game, designed by Hima in Bangkok, Thailand, was named the winner of this year's Life. Love. Game Design contest, taking home a $2,500 prize.

As games continue to evolve it's just as important for them to show their ability to educate as it is for them to enlighten, entertain and touch an audience.

This is the third year I've been a judge for the video game contest, and this year's entries were by far the best.

Others include A Decision of Paramount Importance, Jellia's Friends and Knowledge can be your bulletproof vest, with the developers based in Massachusetts, Chicago and Seneffe, Belgium.

The other judges for this year's contest were Leigh Alexander (News Editor, Gamasutra), Dr. Ian Bogost (Co-Founder, Persuasive Games), Simon Carless (Chairman, Independent Games Festival) and Dr. Elizabeth Richeson, Ph.D., M.S. PsyPharm (Advisory Board Director, Jennifer Ann's Group).

Teen Dating Violence impacts a surprising number of people each year. Take the time to check out the game winners, and maybe pass them around to your friends.

Life. Love. [JenniferAnn.Org]