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Plus, it’s hard to communicate with teens in love, and for young people to know what is, and isn’t, an abusive relationship.

First place winning entry 2011Leigh Alexander is news director of Gamasutra, author of the Sexy Videogameland weblog, and writes reviews, features and cultural commentary for a variety of outlets including Variety, Wired, Slate, The Escapist, Kotaku, and Paste Magazine.

After his daughter, Jennifer Ann, was murdered by an ex-boyfriend in 2006, Drew Crecente wondered what he could do to raise awareness about teen dating violence.

He set up the Jennifer Ann Crecente Memorial Group, with a web site, and started distributing literature, bookmarks, and other material. Apart from anything else, all the packing material started to dominate his living-room.

"I figured I better start something a little less tangible," he says.

So, eventually, he started a video game contest: the Life. Game Design Challenge, which is now in its sixth year, and just announced its 2013 winners.

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