Among Us: Gen Z’s Latest Obsession

Haley Moreland '22, Assistant News Editor

This year has brought society a lot of new things–some better than others–but Among Us is one of the better developments of 2020. The game gained popularity on Tik Tok a few months ago, especially when people started discovering a deep-voiced player named Corpse. Among Us sketches and live streams quickly went viral, and, as a result, so did the game. I remember hesitating to play it at first because I’m not very good at gaming, but once I started playing I, like many other kids, got addicted.

 

When I first got the app, I was nervous because the game’s objectives are a little bit like the real-life game Mafia (which I always lose). Essentially, the point of the game is to find the imposter(s) among the crewmates aboard a spaceship. The crewmates are supposed to go about their tasks and complete as many as possible in order to win the game. The Imposter’s primary focus is to kill the crewmates and sabotage the ship without being caught. When a crewmate dies, the other players find the body and call a meeting to discuss who the potential imposter is. After discussion, they take a vote and whoever wins the most votes is “ejected.” The game has an element of excitement for all players involved: the imposter, who could be caught, and the crewmates, who could be killed. Because you can never be sure of who’s lying, you have to stay on your guard, too. It’s pretty stressful, not even gonna lie. 

 

The game has gained a lot of attention on the internet, becoming a prominent topic of memes and conversations, and drawing the interest of the New York politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, or AOC. She knows her audience of young people who advocate for the same things she does, and I have to admit that she used that knowledge in a very strategic way. Her live stream of Among Us featured popular players like Corpse and Sykkuno was very popular with Gen Z (her presumed future supporters), and it plagued my Tik Tok feed for two weeks afterward. I’m sure that anyone else interested in Among Us saw bits of that live stream as well. Surprisingly, even sabotage-based video games can become a type of political campaign. It’s fascinating to see how such a simple game can have such a big impact on an entire generation, bringing with it a wave of fun in a time of global unrest.