“That Dragon, Cancer” is a new video game about Joel Green, a terminally ill 5-year-old, and his parents. It sounds more (meaningfully) sad than fun. For example, the game withholds some control from the player as an attempt to convey feelings of helplessness and despair.
“That Dragon, Cancer” mixes animation and magical realism to convey the Greens’ emotional state during Joel’s illness. There is one dragon, but much of the game consists of re-enactments of mundanities like phone messages and hospital visits. Water fills a room as a doctor says there are no more treatments for Joel’s cancer. (HT: NYT)
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