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Owain Weinert is nine years old -- and like countless children his age, he plays lots of video games. He wants to make them, too, so he conceived and designed a title on his own.

For most kids, the story would end there. But Owain has leukemia. And with the help of the Make-A-Wish foundation, he got to spend some time with the developers at PopCap Games (Bejeweled, Plants Vs. Zombies) earlier this year, impressing the game makers so much that they developed the game he had conceived.
Funny how someone who's timeline is shortened dramatically can still find a way to achieve more than people with a whole life ahead of em. I guess the sense of urgency makes you appreciate your time a bit more.

Not a very long article, but makes ya feel good anyway. I also know I'm gonna download the game and give it 5 stars regardless

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Very cool.
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That is awesome. Shows companies do care.
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Funny how someone who's timeline is shortened dramatically can still find a way to achieve more than people with a whole life ahead of em. I guess the sense of urgency makes you appreciate your time a bit more.
I don't want to be mean or anything, but everyone has heard of Make-A-Wish. It wasn't really that hard for him to find a way. Also, that game looks like Plants vs. Zombies with different textures. I haven't played either of those games, but at first glance, that's what it looks like.

Edit: Although I have to admit it's pretty awesome that this kid walked into Popcap's office with a Powerpoint presentation ready to go. He obviously put a lot of thought into it.
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It does bring a tear to my eye. =// Lets fold for him ^__^
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My respect for pop-cap just grew immensely
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That's pretty cool of them. If I could play the game at work I'd buy PvZ.

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That is awesome. Shows companies do care.
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Ironically, Owain didn't have an iOS device on which to play his creation. PopCap took care of that too, presenting him with a new iPad at the game's launch party.
That is NOT irony. Irony would be if he hated all Apple products and THEN presenting him with the iPad.

On a more serious note, good for him! I have an iPod Touch, I'm presented with a free game, lets do this!
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That is NOT irony. Irony would be if he hated all Apple products and THEN presenting him with the iPad.

On a more serious note, good for him! I have an iPod Touch, I'm presented with a free game, lets do this!
How is that not ironic? Making an iOS game yet not having an iOS device is quite ironic. English fail on your end
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No, that's merely poor thinking on PopCaps part.
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