That Dragon, Cancer Launches; Razer To Donate Proceeds From The Game To Charity
Razer, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, has announced that all Razer's proceeds from the sale of the game That Dragon, Cancer via Razer Cortex for Android TV will go to two 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. The two organizations were selected due to their importance to the Green family.
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 themes of faith, hope, and love. Using simple point-and-click interaction, the player is invited to slow down and immerse themselves in a deeply 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.
Developed by Joel's parents Ryan and Amy Green, partner Josh Larson, and the rest of the Numinous Games studio, 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, That Dragon, Cancer 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.
"When we first acquired OUYA, it was with the vision of bringing Android gaming to the living room," says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. "By doing that, we now have the opportunity to give back to the community in a big way, by bringing this game to the public and by making sure all our proceeds go right back into the fight against cancer."
In celebration of the game's launch, Numinous Games is encouraging supporters to host a pancake party for friends and family â€" pancakes were Joel's favorite food â€" and post pictures to social media channels with the hashtag #thatdragoncancer. To show its solidarity with the developers, Razer will be hosting a "Pancakes for Lunch" party at its offices around the world and supporting other community parties with giveaways.