Thank You For Playing

PBS Premiere: Oct. 24, 2016Check the broadcast schedule »

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Thank You For Playing - Information about the film and filmmakers. and

"That Dragon, Cancer" - In addition to information about the game and its creative team, the website includes the team's blog and information about Joel's cancer and treatment. The game is available to purchase for iPhone, iPad, PC and Mac.

The New York Times: "Games You Can't Win"
This is a short film by the same filmmakers about "That Dragon, Cancer" and other video games that deal with similarly personal and profound struggles.

Original Online Content on POV

To enhance the broadcast, POV has produced an interactive website to enable viewers to explore the film in greater depth. The Thank You for Playing website -- -- offers a streaming video trailer for the film; an interview with the filmmakers; a list of related websites, articles and books; a downloadable discussion guide; a lesson plan with streaming clips; and special features.

Childhood Cancer

American Cancer Society - The largest cancer advocacy group in the U.S. provides statistics, general information and links to support groups.

CancerCare for Kids
CancerCare for Kids provides free, professional support services for parents, children and adolescents affected by cancer, as well as information about helping children understand cancer and additional resources.

National Cancer Institute - This organization offers basic information on types of cancer, treatment options and research.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO): Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Care - NHPCO is committed to improving access to hospice and palliative care for children and their families - both nationally and internationally. Their website includes journals and resources for families, as well as information about their pediatric advisory council.


Daily Good: "15 Serious Games Aiming to Change the World" - This page offers a list of video games designed to raise awareness about social justice issues.

Games for Change
Founded in 2004, Games for Change facilitates the creation and distribution of social impact games that serve as critical tools in humanitarian and educational efforts. "That Dragon, Cancer" won its award for most innovative game in 2016.

Created by the MIT Media Lab, this is a free-to-use platform that enables people without any prior experience to program their own interactive stories, games and animations.

Reactions to "That Dragon, Cancer"
These are just two of the many reviews of the game. In very different ways, both delve into the potential for video games to tell serious stories.