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Among Us The game that has surged in popularity throughout our times of boredom with covid

Synopsis: Among Us, an online game that can either be downloaded through the app store or through various online retailers, is an online deduction game similar to Mafia. For those who have not played the game, there are two teams, crew members or imposters, where both teams have different objectives. Imposters are meant to keep on the downlow and kill everybody aboard the ship setting without being suspected. To aid them on their journey, they have a variety of tools at their disposal, being able to vent and travel across the map at ease or create distractions to divert attention. On the other hand, crew members are meant to do tasks aboard the ship and finish them all before the imposter kills the majority of players. Every time a dead body is reported, or the emergency button is hit, players have the opportunity to talk to each other and discuss each other's alibi. The most suspicious out of the group can be voted off the ship, and executed- either being an imposter or just a crewmate. Votes can lead to an execution or be skipped entirely, depending on if there is enough proof to yield someone being voted off based on what the majority thinks.

During strenuous times, where quarantine and social isolation has pushed many to their breaking point, Among Us has allowed people to de-stress and get that anger out, in the form of a social deduction game, despite being released in 2018. When asking a poll of 98 Kilbourne students on whether or not they've played Among Us, 78% of students have played at some point of time in the past two months.

The poll results on whether Kilbourne students have played Among Us in the last two months

However, what about Among Us has made the game soar in popularity? Given its vast array of competition, what made this game particularly stand on top?

Here's what Kilbourne Students think makes Among Us as addicting as it is:

"It's a really good way to hang out and bond with people. As weird as it sounds, you make weird connections with others you wouldn't usually talk to. Like I would have never met some of the people as I know now if it weren't for Among Us." -Auracle Foster (10th grade)
The WKMB's flute section playing Among Us with the brass section, during the third quarter.

With the game's communication system, and integration of teamwork to all reach a single objective, of either doing tasks, finding the imposter, or killing others (as the imposter), it allows everyone, no matter their differences, to share an experience together.

On top of the communication aspect, there's other things Kilbourne students particularly like about the game.

"There's a variety of possibilities and an endless amount of strategy playing the game." Karen Yang (12th grade)

Either it is playing the imposter or playing a crew mate, there's a lot of strategic plays that you have to make in order to win. In order to play crew mate, you have to be careful deciding your trust in each other as the player who the imposter is unknown each round. While as imposter, you have to avoid suspicion at all costs in order to not be deemed as a potential threat.

The starting screen as you begin the game, showing your role at the top and how many imposters there are in a given round. (Photo creds: IGN)
"With playing as imposter or crew mate, you get a sort of adrenaline rush and it creates a sense of excitement every game. Also there's so many customization options that you can really personalize your avatar." -Alex Fletcher (11th grade)
The customization options available before a game starts, with color varieties (left) and the different hats you can wear (right).
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Zachary Colombini
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