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This Video Game Will Break Your Heart - CBS Sunday Morning

March 12, 2017View for printing

The "extra life" was a fixture of early video games, a reward for skilled players that was imbued with the language of reincarnation. Players would not say they earned additional time to play, or a bonus turn, upon reaching a certain score. They were bestowed an extra life, a new chance at existence.

Death is not so frivolous in "That Dragon, Cancer," a video game about Joel Green, a terminally ill 5-year-old, and his parents, Ryan and Amy. It is a game about a single life -- one that ends and then is gone forever.


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CBS Sunday Morning Video - That Dragon, Cancer: A game for Joel

A GAME FOR JOEL is a different sort of video game -- it's one family's heartfelt tribute to a lost son, and a reminder of how far the fight against cancer has yet to go. Here's Ben Tracy: ... e-for-joel/
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