A video game to cope with grief | Amy Green

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When Amy Green’s young son was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor, she made up a bedtime story for his siblings to teach them about cancer. What resulted was a video game, “That Dragon, Cancer,” which takes players on a journey they can’t win. In this beautiful talk about coping with loss, Green brings joy and play to tragedy. “We made a game that’s hard to play,” she says, “because the hardest moments of our lives change us more than any goal we could ever accomplish.”

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34 comments

  1. Mad Jack 20 June, 2020 at 05:53 Reply

    My dad lost my older brother before I was born. He was three and it was leukemia. The cure for it exists nowadays. Playing this game was the closest thing I think I’ll get to being able to see what my dad was going through.

  2. Keith Duckworth 20 June, 2020 at 05:53 Reply

    It really sounds like a beautiful story about something horrible. It reminds me about how I sometimes feel like God and the devil are in a 10 dimensional game of chess, and the balance of good and evil of the entire universe is on the line of this game. It reminds me of when God show the devil the 10th dimension, which is the knowledge of the past, present, and the future and the devil still makes the same mistakes knowing he will lose in the end but tries anyway. Its really quite sad. And yes I understand these are 2 different playing fields. With the fields being your game in the battle between good and evil but in its essence that's kind of sort of what this is, a game like you said. And sometimes all we can do is have a little hope and a little faith that we can get even something small that is positive in between.

  3. Blood Eyes 20 June, 2020 at 05:53 Reply

    While of course ifont have a child cause im inly 18…but my cancer experience was the opposite my mother had cancer from the time i was born to the time she died when i was 16 i never played the game but i watched people play it i cried throughout the whole game because i can understand what it means to be in a hospital with someone day in and day out watching my mother go through the pain crying some nights…and i could do nothing about it…….i felt a connection to joel even if i never met him i loved joel and i love my mother and miss both

  4. Otto Davis-Octane 20 June, 2020 at 05:53 Reply

    That Dragon, Cancer brought me here. To all those who say that all video games are bad, play this one.

  5. Kim Beverly Villalobos 20 June, 2020 at 05:53 Reply

    I saw a walkthrough of this game years ago and it has never left the back of my mind since. This game was amazing, the design and the story is just great. Posting a comment like this makes me feel free now that I remember the title of the game that never deserves to be forgotten.

  6. FinnSuzune 20 June, 2020 at 05:53 Reply

    Just curious,has this game actually been used by professors in philosophy classes or anything like that? That sounds really interesting to me.

  7. Glacier mints 20 June, 2020 at 05:53 Reply

    "The moments that really change our lives, they often come as a result of our hardship, and not our glory". Wow, had to write that one down.

  8. deadlypotatoes 20 June, 2020 at 05:53 Reply

    I found this story heart breaking. The mother wanted to share their experience thru a video game program. I looked up the app in the app store on my IPhone. It's $4.99. What's up with that? What is this money being used for?

    I find this to be bullshit!

  9. Debbie A Anderson-Vibrational Energy 20 June, 2020 at 05:53 Reply

    How beautiful. What a wonderful gift to those dealing with grief. My belief is that from every bad thing transpires something great. Thank you for sharing this with the world.

  10. bigjohn697791 20 June, 2020 at 05:53 Reply

    I find something fundamentally very disturbing about this very sad situation. but that is probably down to my own personal psychology. if it helps somebody then it's a good thing

  11. Pramit Majumdar 20 June, 2020 at 05:53 Reply

    And some people will STILL say playing video games are a waste of time -_-
    I mean c'mon people see how these devs poured their life in this

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