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Among Our Hearts

So there’s this thing going on, I don’t know if you’ve heard of it, but it’s called “a Global Pandemic”, and because of “a Global Pandemic” , connection with other people has become…nearly non-existent. What started as a two week break soon became an isolation going well into the school year. Human interaction became precious […]

So there’s this thing going on, I don’t know if you’ve heard of it, but it’s called “a Global Pandemic”, and because of “a Global Pandemic” , connection with other people has become…nearly non-existent.

What started as a two week break soon became an isolation going well into the school year. Human interaction became precious wherever we can find it. In a world so lonely and remote, what could bring us out of the darkness?

Video games.

Thanks to quarantine, multiplayer games quickly became a default way of interacting with your friends. It allowed people to truly experience other people for the first time in a while. But the price tag was steep for most of the popular and well liked games. For example Fall Guys, a death game show style game was $20, a price too steep for many without income.

Enter Among Us.

This game rocketed to the top of the charts after a couple of streamers picked it up, quickly becoming THE multiplayer game to play with friends. What makes it so special?

The basic premise of the game is that you are on a spaceship with a few other people. You can run around and try and fix the clearly not OSHA compliant ship to try and win the game. The twist is that some of your beloved crewmates are imposters; aliens that would rather kill you than let you be happy. Communication and cooperation are some of the selling points of the game.

“As a crew mate I speed through as fast as I can. As an imposter I try to do the most harm by killing, I don’t sabotage much,” Mikayla Ramos (’21) says. ” I also depend on people getting voted out and stick up for others so they’ll stick up for me.”

When you’re alive, you run around trying to complete assigned tasks in order to win as a Crewmate, and whenever you discover a dead body, you get to debate about the killer in an emergency meeting. Even when you’re dead, you get to chat and help everyone else try and win.

“The communication is pretty nice,” Isiah Salomon (’21) says. “However, I use discord with my friends so we don’t have to type in the chat.”

“Communication is fun 80% of the time,” Mikayla adds. “I love when there’s an actual conversation about the imposters whereabouts. I want to shove my teeth in my nose when people meet to just say hi.”

Another selling point is the strategy. As the Imposter or a Crewmate, there are a myriad of different strategies to use in order to prevent yourself from being weeded out, or figuring out who to prune. It’s a surprisingly intelligent game that doesn’t need much intelligence at all in order to play.

These factors make it so that even if you’re playing with strangers, you’re always having an interesting experience, even if it’s a little frustrating too. I’ve had moments where I’ve stayed with the same group of strangers, playing game after game because they were so much fun to play with.

“[My] Favorite part of Among Us is discussion time and blaming others for fun to either not be suspicious or to save yourself from being caught,” Isiah says.

 “My favorite part is the tasks — I like doing little activities that don’t require much effort so it’s something to do when I’m bored or can’t sleep,” Mikayla adds

So it’s confirmed, Among Us is a great game to play to feel that human connection, and it’s tons of fun all around. But I don’t know, I think I’ll have to do more research…

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