MDA & 8 Kinds of Fun

A game I enjoyed playing was – The Walking Dead. This game follows you (a chacterter named Lee) as you try to survive a zombie apocalypse alongside other strangers. The mechanics of the game include different characters (and their background stories), decisions, shooting, grabbing, hitting, moving etc. These mechanics come together to present a choose your own adventure sort of game that allows you to build relationships (or ruin them) with the other characters in the game (based on the decisions you take and the path you moved towards). Through letting you choose your own path, it allows for you to feel a sense of belonging in the world of the game.

These mechanics and dynamics come together to create challenge (you need to survive and not get killed by the zombies), narrative (you are in a story that adapts to decisions you take and progresses), and fantasy (so many people imagine what would happen in a zombie apocalypse and this allows them to experience it to an extent).

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