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That Dragon Cancer

That Dragon, Cancer review

Heartfelt and flawed

87

6 months ago

Feature: Do not go gentle

More games should be truly honest about death

This article discusses death and personal bereavement I never intended to make videogames about my brother. He died in May last year, standing in the crowded lobby of the Manchester Arena, at the hands of the radicalised young man who’d walked into the building and detonated a homemade explosive. I learned later, while numbly standing with a police officer in middle of the cavernous, shrapnel-damaged…

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3 years ago

Feature: Heartfelt and flawed

That Dragon, Cancer review

You want to meet That Dragon, Cancer [official site] more than half way. It's a game made about Joel Green, a young boy who at twelve-months-old was diagnosed with cancer, and it was created by his parents to memorialise his life. The story - which tells of his treatment, his parent's struggles with hope, despair and faith, and his eventual death aged five - is…

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4 years ago

Unhappy New Year: That Dragon, Cancer Out January

That Dragon, Cancer [official site] is a biographical game, the documentary of a brief life translated into a series of "poetic, imaginative" interactive sequences. It tells the story of Joel Green, who was diagnosed with an atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor aged 12 months and died age five. Doctors had expected Joel to live around four months after the diagnosis and the game explores the experiences…

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5 years ago

That Dragon, Cancer Now Kickstarting

Any time a limb of RPS has had the opportunity to play That Dragon, Cancer, they've turned it down. As beautiful and exciting as it looks, it also seems harrowing. One needs to be in a certain mood to play a game based on a family's real-life story of raising their young son as he goes through terminal cancer. We've heard wonderful things about it…

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