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A Videogame Composed Of Pain And Hope – THAT DRAGON, CANCER [VIDEO]

Usually we focus on the use of mobile devices and social media. As gamification and serious games are trends that often link to these topics I could not resist to write about this great project raising the question: Can you have a game on such a relevant experience like your one year old son suffering from cancer?

Ryan Green and Josh Larson are working on That Dragon, Cancer

Dragon… 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.

It is a videogame composed of pain and hope. It is a story of my son. It is a script written day by day. It is life that moves us space by space, propelled by a mystery we call grace.

Here is an interview with Ryan and Josh about their special kind of game:

You can find more information on the game and the ways to support it at That Dragon, Cancer



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Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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