HONEYMOON is an award-winning game developed by Sandra Lara Castillo and produced by Jennifer Ann’s Group, a nonprofit charity that produces video games about issues that affect adolescents. It is part of Jennifer Ann's Group’s ‘Gaming Against Violence’ program which focuses on teen dating violence prevention and to that end, HONEYMOON acts as a healthy dating simulator for young people to:
- teach them about healthy dating relationships,
- better recognize unhealthy behaviors in dating relationships, and
- learn how to respond appropriately in order to achieve the most positive outcome.
In HONEYMOON, players explore a dating relationship through the experiences of a student, Charlie, who is beginning their very first romantic relationship with Mickey, a non-player character (NPC). The player selects dialogue choices for Charlie to advance the storyline as it follows Charlie and Mickey through the fun and exciting “honeymoon” phase of their relationship. As the game progresses and the “honeymoon” period ends, the player experiences some of the potential challenges found in adolescent dating relationships and also sees how the evolving relationship impacts Charlie’s family and friends.
The story in HONEYMOON encourages conversation about topics that are important to adolescents – but not often discussed.
For example, an opportunity for discussion comes in Episode One at the beginning of the game. Charlie has an early morning conversation with their parents during breakfast that reveals a parent-child relationship that is respectful, trusting, and supportive.
Educators can ask students to discuss this breakfast table conversation:
Why is it important for students to have a trusted adult? and Who is a trusted adult in the student’s life?
There are multiple endings to experience and players are encouraged to re-play HONEYMOON to see how different decisions lead to these different outcomes. The colorful artwork, relatable dialogue, and likeable characters make Charlie's world one that adolescents will feel comfortable revisiting.
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♥ Jennifer Ann's Group
2021 Winner Announced!
The winning game from our 14th Annual Life.Love. Game Design Challenge about Power & Control was announced at the 2021 PAX: Unplugged conference. Congratulations to Lien Tran and Lynn Baus of Matters at Play, a design lab based out of DePaul University's College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM)'s School of Design. Their game 'The Big Build Up' won the 2021 competition and will be released in 2022.
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About Jennifer Ann's Group
Since 2008 Jennifer Ann's Group's Gaming Against Violence program has produced more than sixty prosocial games for teens. Previous game topics include bystander awareness, consent, healthy relationships, and teen dating violence prevention. This award-winning program is evidence-based and the games are available for use in university studies. Please contact Jennifer Ann's Group to discuss research opportunities.
More information about our charity is available at JenniferAnn.org. As a certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization all donations to Jennifer Ann's Group are deductible to the full extent allowed by law. (EIN:20-4618499)