During the Game Awards, That Dragon, Cancer won the Games For Impact award. The game is about developer Ryan Green's young son's struggle with cancer. Unfortunately, he didn't make it. Green accepted the award in tears.
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"We love you too."
"Awesome. Tread carefully, mate. Look after yourself and stop if it gets too much."
"Ok - I’m on it!"
"Eee! Be careful."
"I’ll be OK. :) We’re in a good spot, might be an interesting way to reflect on the battle we’ve had and (more importantly) the triumphs so far."
And with that, I asked my friend to play That Dragon, Cancer with me. My friend whose 6 year old son had a malignant brain tumour the size of a man’s fist.
That Dragon, Cancer is a powerful story about a tragic moment in the lives of the Green family. Their son, Joel, was diagnosed with cancer at 12 months old. The conversation on the game's Steam forums has focused on the morality of making a game about that. Interestingly, the developers are letting it happen.
Video: After a long and emotionally trying development process, That Dragon, Cancer comes out on January 12, delivering an interactive biographical portrait of a family's fight against childhood cancer.
Briefly: The heartfelt and deeply personal indie game That Dragon, Cancer is shifting gears. Ryan Green, who is making the game to tell the story of his son's death from terminal cancer, says that it will no longer be an Ouya exclusive. Green and his co-developers have launched a new Kickstarter to help finish it in 2015.
Joel Green, the young boy whose battle with terminal cancer inspired Josh Larson's intensely personal game, That Dragon, Cancer, has succumbed to his illness. He was five years old.