'That Dragon, Cancer' Is an Immersive Video Game That Will Break Your Heart
That Dragon, Cancer - Official Release Trailer (Numinous Games)
The “extra life” was a fixture of early video games, a reward for skilled players that was imbued with the language of reincarnation. Players would not say they earned additional time to play, or a bonus turn, upon reaching a certain score. They were bestowed an extra life, a new chance at existence.
Death is not so frivolous in “That Dragon, Cancer,” a video game about Joel Green, a terminally ill 5-year-old, and his parents, Ryan and Amy. It is a game about a single life — one that ends and then is gone forever.
The Greens, who live in Colorado, spent the past three years making the game with a small team of artists and designers. Ryan Green, who is a programmer, quit his job to work on the project. It is based on their own lives and that of Joel, who died while the game was in development.
“That Dragon, Cancer” is not the first memoir to arrive in the form of a video game, but it is probably the most ambitious.
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