I’ve never backed a campaign without watching the funding video, until I saw the Kickstarter for That Dragon, Cancer. 21 seconds into the video and I had to stop, wipe my face from the apparent dust in the room, and go outside for a walk. An adventure game where you experience the story of a child and his parents battling a cancer that eventually kills its young victim? As the father of a 4 year old it’s a bit much to take in at nine in the morning.
I understand that as someone who doesn’t read gaming sites I’m the last person on the planet to hear of That Dragon, Cancer. I also accept that as someone who isn’t a big fan of “message” or experimental games I’m likely a bit outside of the target audience. On top of that, since I find myself unable to even look at the Kickstarter campaign for more than a few moments at a time, I doubt I’ll be able to play the game any time soon. So why would I bother backing That Dragon, Cancer? Kickstarter isn’t investing or shopping, it’s a system for donating money to people you hope will do right by their promises. That means that sometimes it’s ok to back a project based purely on emotion, to show support for an idea or concept without the expectation of receiving something in return. For me, That Dragon, Cancer qualifies.
Whether or not you back the That Dragon, Cancer Kickstarter is up to you, but it’s definitely worth a look. Good luck making it through that funding video though.