Camila Leiva '21
The first time my friend asked me to download and join her on an Among Us server, I stumbled around connecting wires and completing tasks. Walking around leisurely, it was only a matter of time before I was killed by the purple character. Into the FaceTime call I yelled in anguish and told everyone who had killed me. Groans and laughter followed much to my surprise.
“Ok, let’s finish the game anyway.”
Embarrassed that I had missed the point of the game, I kept silent the next time I died or killed someone. I completed the tasks in a whir after a few weeks of heavy gameplay, and learned to not look “sus” when I murdered the 3’7 colorful characters.
Every day, the Among Us group chat would increase by two or three people, until the chat was completely full. The chat bridged NCS students, family, and outside of school friends into a happy conglomerate of strangers.
When Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) announced they were going to host a DMV-wide Among Us event, I prepared game play till then. Unfortunately, I got there too late after having finished a pesky essay. I only got to watch the last few moments in which my group of random heads tried to figure out who the imposter was.
This silly little game of multicolored characters with quirky hats running around hiding from an unknown enemy has split friendships as bloody murder is carried out. All in good fun (most of the time), Among Us has been a de-stressor to me and many other students between classes and after school. The easiness of being able to hop on a server in a few seconds allows for fun gameplay throughout the day.
With NCS now coming back into school, the short rounds will be able to merge social interaction between the two cohorts and students who chose to stay online.
Not only students who play can participate in the constant chatter about imposters and crewmates. With an ever-increasing amount of YouTube videos and livestreams on various platforms, anyone can watch AOC and PewDiePie play competitively with others.
The best thing about all of this is the net price of 0.00 dollars you have to pay the app store to get the game. Available on iPhone, Android and PC, the game is accessible to almost anyone with a smartphone or computer.
Whether you’ve played before or not, I highly suggest rounding up a few friends to play after school, or go on a random server and play with strangers for a few rounds. As long as there’s not another set of hackers, you should be fine.
More clubs are looking to implement Among Us as a way to bring everyone together and induce natural conversation between old and new members. Latinx Student Union at NCS is planning on hosting an event for prospective students who wish to join the club, so I hope to see some new faces there (shameless self promo).