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Community Review: That Dragon, Cancer

Today is my first day back in the office. For the last two weeks I’ve been on paternity leave, helping my wife look after our newborn son.

During that period of time I only played one video game. That Dragon, Cancer. In hindsight, that was a pretty poor choice.

I’m planning to write something a little bit longer about this experience — the experience of playing this game alongside the anxieties that come with becoming a Father for the second time — so I don’t want to say too much here. I’d rather hear about your experiences. This is the Community Review after all!

Here are a couple of scattering thoughts…

— It’s fairly difficult to judge this game in any traditional way. Like, I don’t think it does anyone any justice to be like, CONTROLS AREN’T THAT GREAT LOL. That’s not really what this game is. It’s a reflection of an experience. A brutal experience.
— I spent a lot of time wondering about this game’s existence. What it was for? Why it was made? That also feels like a dead end. It’s sort of a silly question. It’s there for people to experience.
— To be reductive, I finished the game with a healthy dose of perspective. I also finished the game a heaving, sobbing mess but that’s another story.

How did you find it? Have you played it yet? I know a startlingly large amount of people who have purchased the game but don’t want to play it. That’s also reasonable.

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