Ryan and Amy Green’s son Joel had brain cancer, and it ended up being a four year long fight, that he ultimately lost. They decided to create an adventure game, called That Dragon, Cancer, sharing their experience raising their son, during this difficult time. It’s best explained in their own words.
That Dragon, Cancer is an adventure game that acts as a living painting; a poem; an interactive retelling of Ryan and Amy Green’s experience raising their son Joel, a 4-year-old currently fighting his third year of terminal cancer. Players relive memories, share heartache, and discover the overwhelming hope that can be found in the face of death.
This is not like most games, obviously. That Dragon, Cancer has already gotten a lot of press and recognition. Crowdfunding the development, for Ouya and simultaneous Steam release (Windows, Mac, and Linux), is only part of what they’re doing with the game. The developers are inviting other people to share parts of their stories to the game too.
The perks for this campaign offer you a chance to leave a message or honor a loved one that’s passed away. If the game and concept resonates with you, then it’s a pretty powerful thing to do.
Favorite perk ($40)
DIGITAL DOWNLOAD + MEMORIAL ADD-ON: A copy of the game, plus we will add an image of a ink/paint based hand print, or foot print, of you or a loved one into the recovery room in the game. Optionally you may choose a 50 character message to be included in a tile on the floor of the hallway of the in-game hospital. You may also choose to add this add-on to any backer reward in this campaign, see the Backer Reward Section for details.