MDA & 8 Kinds of Fun

A game I love is Dead by Daylight. I have been playing the game for years with the same group of friends. The mechanics of the game are extremely unique and create dynamics that make the game enjoyable, especially in a group of friends.

The premise of the game is that there is a killer and 4 survivors (my friends and I play as a group of 4 survivors). The killer is trying to kill all 4 of the survivors, while the survivors must repair 5 generators across the map to power exit gates that allow them to escape. The dynamic that this creates is very intense; the game gets your adrenaline pumping when you are hiding or running away from the killer. Usually, while the killer is chasing or looking for one of the survivors, the other survivors are busy repairing generators so that they can escape. When you are the survivor being chased, there is a lot of pressure on you to survive for as long as possible to help your team and it is exhilarating to outplay the killer and buy more time for your team to repair generators.

The mechanics of the game and the dynamics they create give way to fun in the forms of fantasy and fellowship. The game creates a fantasy of actually being in a horror movie and trying to hide from and escape a killer. The game creates an atmosphere of fellowship, as success in the game is highly dependent on cooperating effectively with your team. When your team escapes the killer, there is a highly satisfying feeling of having worked together with your friends to defeat a common enemy.

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