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Long Story

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Make friends, find that special someone, and solve the mystery of locker 1204 in this hilarious & beautiful episodic dating game for girls 9 - 14. Long Story is a new twist on an old genre: A …

Make friends, find that special someone, and solve the mystery of locker 1204 in this hilarious & beautiful episodic dating game for girls 9 - 14. Long Story is a new twist on an old genre: A progressive and queer-positive dating game that helps tweens sandbox healthy relationships and sexuality.


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  • 1. A dating game for the real world More Info: http://longstorygame.com 1
  • 2. •  Learning to love yourself •  Learning to love others •  Figuring out what kind of others you want to love •  Incidents of bullying related to sexuality and intimacy increasingly target girls and queer youth •  Bullying at school is exacerbated by ‘always on’ culture that take personal issues online. More Info: http://longstorygame.com 2 BEING A TEENAGER IS… COMPLICATED
  • 3. If there were a dating sim that helped young people sandbox important social skills and learn about intimacy, desire, gender and relationships through play? More Info: http://longstorygame.com 3 WOULDN’T IT BE NICE… Dating sims: Video games with romantic elements. The objective of dating sims is to choose a date from among several characters.
  • 4. A game that promotes healthy relationships, self- care and tolerance for diversity will actually change how people behave in real life? But how will we ever know, given that… More Info: http://longstorygame.com 4 MAYBE …
  • 5. More Info: http://longstorygame.com 5 RIGHT NOW MAINSTREAM DATING GAMES SUCK… A LOT. Promoting shallow values ..and hetero-normative boringness. Unless you read Japanese.
  • 6. Long Story is a new twist on an old genre: A progressive and queer-positive dating game that helps tweens sandbox healthy relationships and sexuality. Coming to your school spring 2014 More Info: http://longstorygame.com 6
  • 7. More Info: http://longstorygame.com 7 Solve puzzles and build relationships with new friends and old enemies to work out exactly what happened - and if there’s anything you can do to put it right. When the previous owner of Locker 1224 mysteriously disappeared, you were left holding the only clues.
  • 8. More Info: http://longstorygame.com 8 If you manage to work up the nerve to ask out your crush, there are 5 dateable characters in Long Story: Two girls, two boys, and one… well, you’ll have to wait and see. Abby Marcel Colin Nora
  • 9. HEALTH GOALS Problem: “There is a significant discrepancy between what youth are learning about and what they want to know. Healthy relationships, HIV/AIDS & sexual pleasure are the top three sexual health topics youth want to learn about. More Info: http://longstorygame.com 9 Less than 30% of the diverse youth populations surveyed reported they have learned about healthy relationships and no group included sexual pleasure as one of the top three topics learned.” Planned Parenthood Toronto Teen Report: pp: 27
  • 10. HEALTH GOALS HEALTH GOAL #1 Make a game that helps players learn how to talk about and manage their relationships, feelings, and desires. More Info: http://longstorygame.com 10 Provide guidance in the form of choice matrices and outcomes so players ‘work through’ emotional scenarios and can replay or experiment as much as they want. Example: Abby can be a great friend, maybe even a girlfriend. But first you have to figure out what you want.. And even then… It’s complicated.
  • 11. HEALTH GOALS Problem: While focused on prevention and behaviour change sex education media often fail to acknowledge that cultural backgrounds and sexual preference play a big role in the development of intimate practices, and self-care. More Info: http://longstorygame.com 11 In a global village, a game about love, relationships and dating shouldn’t present a single model for a ‘healthy relationship’ because youth bring diverse values and beliefs to the table.
  • 12. HEALTH GOALS HEALTH GOAL #2 Make sure characters express different feeling and attitudes towards, intimacy, sex, desire, sexuality and gender. More Info: http://longstorygame.com 12 Storylines can represent the clash of these beliefs without privileging one set over another. Example: Marcel has a really hard time with PDA. He’s originally from Dubai and back home kissing a girl was something you only did in private.
  • 13. HEALTH COMMUNICATION More Info: http://longstorygame.com 13 Where do teens go for help with sex & relationships? Source: Planned Parenthood Toronto Teen Report, 2009
  • 14. More Info: http://longstorygame.com 14 HEALTH COMMUNICATION •  Young people prefer to come to decisions regarding health and relationships with help from friends. •  Making friends with a fictional character is called a “parasocial relationship” •  Lessons learned through parasocial friendships can impact real world behavior and beliefs. •  A player can choose who they ‘like’ and from whom they want to learn in the game. They ‘learn’ by having ‘real’ feelings in a sandbox world.
  • 15. More Info: http://longstorygame.com 15 Female gamers represent 42% of all gamers, the floor on revenue in that market is @ $25 billion. “Healthcare professionals need to be where our patients are-using games and social media.” Debra Boyce, MD Partners in Pregnancy Clinic, “Anything would be better than the crap they showed us in grade 8 about relationships and sex.” Rhiannon Gilbart, age 17
  • 16. More Info: http://longstorygame.com 16 It’s time for a game that deals with the reality of growing up in the 21st century. For more information and to keep up to date on our progress: Twitter: @longstorygame Tumblr: http://longstorygame.com Email: info@longstorygame.com
  • 17. More Info: http://longstorygame.com 17 PARTNERS & SUPPORTERS •  Hacking Health Toronto •  Centennial College Applied Research & Innovation Centre •  Garrison Health Partners •  Planned Parenthood Toronto