Friday, March 1, 2024

Dead by Daylight YouTubers are making my October much spookier

As a rule, I very rarely use Twitch. I get sucked into a lot of things, but I always need to go at my own pace, which makes it near impossible to use Twitch in the way it was intended to. Which is why Dead by Daylight YouTubers are the ones that, against all odds, are actually making my Halloween much spookier.

I don’t like scary stuff most of the time, particularly scary movies. Some settings are just too much for me, so games like Outlast and Outlast 2 have aways made me scream, turn off the computer screen and camp out in my sister’s room with the lights on.

But that doesn’t mean I’m not fascinated by horror games, and I think that maybe, just maybe, I might be interested enough to try out a few more. And it’s all thanks to Dead by Daylight YouTubers getting me into the seasonal spirit in a way I’ve not experienced before.

If someone asked me what Dead by Daylight was about, I’d say you play a bunch of survivors that are trying to escape from a killer, or vice versa, you’re the killer who’s trying to kill a bunch of survivors. Fun!

It’s not anything groundbreaking. After all, a lot of horror games (see Haunting Ground and Clock Tower) center around being chased. But with Dead by Daylight, the appeal to me is both the enthusiasm of the YouTubers I watch and how it lets me understand more about what makes these killers so fascinating to their audiences, all by letting you wear their skin for a while.

I also get to understand what makes them iconic, such as how Freddy Kreuger uses his powers to drag people into a dream state, or how Michael Myers is possibly the fastest walker in the world. I even want to watch Stranger Things now!

Ultimately, it’s fun to actually feel interested in something that used to scare me so badly before, especially to the point that dressing up as a clown with a butcher’s knife may be something I want to do.

Have I conquered my fears? No freaking way, but it’s definitely the perfect balm to soothe myself from being scared, as well as get myself into the holiday spirit.

Interested in more spooky stuff this October? Check out Gayming Magazine for more horror opinions and features.

Aimee Hart

[She/They] Aimee Hart is Editor-in-Chief of Gayming Magazine. She specializes in queer fandom, video games and tabletop, having started her career writing for numerous websites like The Verge, Polygon, Input Magazine and more. Her goal now is to boost LGBTQ+ voices in the video games industry.