When I think about Spelunky, I think about a lot of things. There's death, of course, but more importantly, it's community. A community finding secrets together, a community cheering one another one in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, a community lifting one another up when they die in the most unexpected and tragic of days. That makes Spelunky tick.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/bv8448/spelunky-is-about-the-cycle-of-death-and-the-power-of-community