One New Message

An award-winning video game about resilience and coping strategies for adolescents. One New Message was developed by Eloise Best and is the winning game from the 2022 Resilience Game Design Challenge presented by the nonprofit charity Jennifer Ann's Group.


Features

  • engaging visual novel
  • distinctive style
  • relatable scenarios
  • lo-fi beats



In One New Message, players navigate the daily life of a student. As they do so they are challenged:

  • to recognize when they are stressed-out;
  • to apply various coping strategies to help them manage their stress; and
  • to make better decisions once their stress levels have been reduced and they can respond more reasonably.

The student in One New Message is very excited because they have just won a trip to summer camp -- this is something that they have always wanted to do!

But before they can attend camp, first they have to successfully navigate conversations and potential problems at home, school, their job, with their friends, and more.

Can you help them realize their dream of going to camp?



The player makes dialogue choices when texting with others but sometimes the available responses are not ideal.

Fortunately the player has the option to come up with better responses!

Rather than responding with their initial responses, they have the option to "check in with themselves" by taking a step back. This helps them to realize they are stressed out and that their first thoughts about responding might be self-destructive.

Recognizing and acknowledging their stress gives them some space to re-consider better ways to respond. And fortunately there are in-game activities that will help them to lower those stress levels. Players may choose to engage in one of the many coping strategies available to them in the game.

If they decide to use one of the coping strategies, the de-stressed player should find themselves in a much better position to respond constructively. And as a result, new dialogue options are now available on their phone!

BONUS: Tips & examples are offered to the player to demonstrate how to effectively apply these in-game coping strategies should the player find themselves stressed-out in the real world.



About One New Message

One New Message is an award-winning game developed by Eloise Best and produced by Jennifer Ann’s Group, a nonprofit charity that produces video games about important issues affecting adolescents. It is part of Jennifer Ann's Group’s ‘Gaming Against Violence’ program which produces, researches, & promotes prosocial games to help young people live happier and healthier lives.

This game focuses on recognizing and fostering resilience and to that end, One New Message addresses the following topics:

  • coping strategies
  • self awareness
  • stress reduction


One New Message Resources

  • The One New Message website has more information about the game One New Message and helpful information about resilience and coping strategies. (Resilient.Games/ONM)

  • The website also includes a two-page lesson plan about coping strategies, resilience, and self awareness. Visit the website for full-size images and a downloadable PDF.


Lesson Plan for One New Message


One New Message Details

Development Eloise Best eloisebest.portfolio.site
Produced by Jennifer Ann's Group mastodon.games.ngo@stopTDV
Published by Life Love Publishing LifeLovePublishing.com
ESRB Rating E for Everyone





Gaming Against Violence Recognized for Innovation

The nonprofit program that produced this game was selected as a Top-50 innovative program for nonprofits in the U.S. for 2022. Learn more about our evidence-based approach to violence prevention through games.




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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 consent, healthy relationships, and media literacy. 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)

StatusReleased
PlatformsHTML5
Release date 46 days ago
Rating
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(1 total ratings)
AuthorJennifer Ann's Group
GenreEducational, Interactive Fiction
Made withUnity
Tags2D, Cute, Indie, Lo-fi, Multiple Endings, Short, Singleplayer
Average sessionAbout a half-hour
LanguagesEnglish
InputsMouse
AccessibilityColor-blind friendly, Subtitles, One button
LinksHomepage, Mastodon

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