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Relevant notes and citations provided to TED by Amy Green.

  • 00:05

    "Two months ago, my kids and I huddled around around a cell phone, watching the live stream of The Game Awards."

    The Game Awards took place on December 1, 2016. You can watch my husband Ryan Green, accept the Game for Impact award here

  • 00:53

    "In 2010, my third son Joel was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive brain tumor."

    Joel’s brain tumor was discovered on January 21, 2010, and he was officially diagnosed with an Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumor on January 26, 2010, just a couple weeks after his first birthday. We wrote all about Joel’s diagnosis, treatments, and our life with him in our family at

  • 04:04

    The clip from the video game trailer I showed during the TED talk was just 40 seconds out of a three-minute trailer. You can view the full trailer here.

  • 04:57

    "Collapsing the choices in on the player until they discovered for themselves that there was nothing they could do to change the outcome for Joel."

    This is particularly true in the vignette "dehydration" where Joel is crying and the player struggles and fails to find a way to console him. This scene of the game was based on a real night in the hospital with Joel. It was the first scene we developed and demonstrated publicly.

  • 09:25

    Joel had an amazing giggle and he thought almost everything was hilarious. Here’s a video I would have shown if I had more time.