Razer, a brand we know and love when it comes to peripherals and cool looking machines, have just launched a new game. “That Dragon, Cancer”, is a game that is immersive and narrative that explores the themes of love, faith and hope. It retells the story of Joel Green’s 4-year fight against cancer in this 2-hour gameplay. Just using point-and-click interaction, you will look into this personal memoir featuring audio taken from Green family home videos, spoken word poetry, and in-game tributes to the loved ones of over 200 Kickstarter backers.
Joel Green was diagnosed with AT/RT brain cancer at twelve months old and was given a terminal diagnosis shortly before age two. Though initially given only a short time to live, Joel continued to survive for four more years before eventually succumbing to the cancer on March 13, 2014.
“That Dragon, Cancer” was largely funded by OUYA, which was acquired by Razer in July 2015 and now provides content for Android TV games via Razer’s Forge TV micro console. Upon its release, this game will mark OUYA’s first step into multi-platform game publishing as a promotional partner with Numinous Games for Forge TV as well as on Windows and Mac OS. This particular game though, was actually developed by Joel’s parents Ryan and Amy Green, partner Josh Larson, and the rest of the Numinous Games studio.
All proceeds from the sale of this game will be donated to 2 cancer charities: Morgan Adams Foundation, which directly funds cancer research through working with physicians, and Family House SF, which provides free housing to families visiting hospitals in San Francisco to undergo prolonged clinical trials and treatment.
“That Dragon, Cancer” is scheduled for simultaneous release on 16 January 2016 for Razer Forge TV, Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X through thatdragoncancer.com or on Steam.
Just watch this video; it is really artsy and the storytelling just touches the heart.