“That Dragon, Cancer” wins @ The Game Awards


That Dragon, Cancer

That Dragon, Cancer

Earlier this year we did a post on a new video game – “That Dragon, Cancer. “

Ryan and Amy Green made the game as a tribute to the life of their late son, Joel, who lost his 4­-year fight against cancer when he was just five years old.

The game is a memoir that invites players into the intimate moments of the Greens’ family life. It’s more like an interactive visual story book than most video games currently on the market.

The Greens, who live in Colorado, spent three years developing the game with a small team of artists and designers. Ryan, who is a programmer, quit his job to work on the project.

Most people who  have played That Dragon, Cancer agree that it’s a heart-wrenching experience.


On Dec 1, 2016, at The Game Awards, Ryan Green accepted the award for Games for Impact — a socially conscious award focused on games with a message. He spoke to the audience about the power of games to show “not just who we want to be, but who we are.” Joel Green died in 2014, aged five. He had spent most of his life coping with cancer.

Often in video games, we get to choose how we’re seen,” said a visibly emotional Green. “Our avatars and our tweets and the work that we do are all meant to portray the story that we want to tell the world about why our lives matter. But sometimes a story is written onto us or it’s told because of us or in spite of us. And it reveals our weaknesses, our failures, our hopes and our fears.

“You let us tell the story of my son Joel. In the end, it was not the story that we wanted to tell. But you chose to love us by being willing to stop and to listen and to not turn away. To let my son Joel’s life change you because you chose to see him and to experience how we loved him.

“And I hope that when we are all willing to see each other, not for just who we want to be, but who we are, and who we’re meant to be. This act of love and this act of grace can change the world.”

Watch the walkthrough of the game below to see what Childhood Cancer is all about, what the family went through, and why the game won the Gaming Award.


Published on Jan 13, 2016

That Dragon, Cancer Full Game Walkthrough

This is a “That Dragon, Cancer” Full Game Walkthrough with no commentary. Really heartbreaking game that is highly recommended.


That Dragon, Cancer is an immersive narrative videogame that retells Joel Green’s 4-year fight against cancer through about two hours of poetic, imaginative gameplay that explores faith, hope and love.


Please visit the That Dragon, Cancer website for more information or to purchase the game.



About LFCT

This is a blog about CHILDHOOD CANCER and CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS Little Fighters Cancer Trust is a non-profit organisation that offers support and aid to Children with Cancer and their families. When a child is diagnosed with cancer it affects the whole family. One of the parents, usually the mother, must give up their job to care for the child and this creates financial problems for the family. In South Africa especially the majority of these families are not well-to-do; many of them are rural. A diagnosis of cancer can wipe out any family’s finances, let alone a poor family. The costs of special medications, special diets, hospital stays, transport to and from the hospital or clinic and accommodation and food costs for the mother who spends most of the time at her child’s bedside are astronomical. These are the people and problems that fall through the cracks, and these are the people that Little Fighters Cancer Trust has pledged to help in any way possible. LFCT takes a holistic approach to assisting the Children with Cancer and their Families, with the main aim to be the preservation of individual dignity and pride. Little Fighters Cancer Trust also focuses on promotion and advocacy of National Childhood Cancer Awareness in an effort to increase awareness of Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer. This would result in earlier diagnosis, giving the Child with Cancer more of a chance at Treatment and Survival. See "About" for more Background info

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