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What Even is Consent? An Investigation Into Educational and Media Presentations of Consent

Our work was focused on understanding why, after years of messaging, consent remains an ambiguous topic, and there are far too many rapes, sexual assaults, and coercive encounters. We believed that messaging received from media and social norms around sex

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Crecente, Drew. “Adrift: A Free Prosocial Video Game about Consent.” PACEsConnection, 4 June 2021,

Entire game covers consent ( play time is around 30 min.)

Adrift is a video game designed to teach students about the meaning and importance of consent through practical means. In the game, the player is controlling an interstellar salvage crew-member who is exploring an abandoned spaceship. The crew-member works with the spaceship’s AI to extract its memory core to safety by carefully following the AI’s instructions and being careful not to exceed said instructions. At the end of the game, the player is shown when they did and didn’t receive consent and are encouraged to play again if they didn’t get a perfect score the first time.

Ann, Jennifer. “A Video Game About Consent: Crossing Boundaries.” Consent Games, 7 Apr. 2021,

Crossing Boundaries is a travel-based game designed to teach different forms of consent for children, young adults, and teenagers. It features 3 friends, Eva, Alice, and Joe, traveling across the world following graduation. This game is not just about sexual consent, but also about the power people have over their own freewill and the ability to deny others that power. The lessons taught revolve around people’s personal space, freewill, and body and often includes everyday occurrences to connect it to the real world. The game also features multiple choices for the player to choose, which allows multiple paths to be followed throughout the gameplay. Doing this allows the player to understand that there is not just one way to react to tough situations, and each problem people encounter in life is unique in its own ways.