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    That Dragon, Cancer (2013) ©
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Pixels of pain: the rise of empathy gaming

As the limitations and conventions of genre dissolve, That Dragon, Cancer is part of a fresh approach to gaming that recognises real empathy can only be felt through genuine experience.

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At a time when the desire for engaging content, authentic experiences and candid personal stories persists more forcefully than ever, emotionally captivating drama is no longer the preserve of the big screen. As the limitations and conventions of genre dissolve, video gaming is emerging as a platform for serious and artistic content aimed at an adult audience.

From the gritty 1940s crime drama L.A. Noire to the moral complexity of post-apocalyptic epic The Last of Us, the rules of what constitutes a 'game', 'movie' or 'essay' are blurring. Exploring the anguish and despair felt by parents of a ...

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