Among Us is a “new” game that students have been playing all around Lovett. The game, from the company Inner Sloth, actually came out back in 2018, but according to a New York Times article, the game “remained under the radar as many games do — until the summer of the pandemic.”
I visited an advisory where three sophomores, Wesley Caldwell, Miles Philipps, and Drew Powell, have been regularly playing the game. In case you are one of the few people who has not yet played the game, Wesley provided me with some insight into how the game works.
“The game starts when there are ten people in a lobby. You can play with random people or friends, but it's more fun to play with friends,” he tells me. Then, once the game starts “One to three people are chosen from a lobby to be the impostors.” The rest of the players are “crewmates.” The goal of the impostors is to kill all the crewmates in the game, while the crewmates “have to do tasks on a map and figure out who the impostors are.”
The crewmates have to complete tasks across the map, which are essentially mini games within the larger game. You might have to connect wires, complete a memory game, or tap asteroids to destroy them. When all of the crewmates have finished all of their tasks, they win. But the catch is that while all the crewmates are trying to complete their tasks, “they have to avoid being killed by the impostor,” Miles tells me.
No one in the game knows who the impostors are aside from the impostors themselves, so part of the game for the crewmates is trying to figure out who exactly the impostors are. Every time a crewmate finds a body, they can call a meeting where everyone in the game will discuss who they think the impostor(s) is. At the end of each meeting, everyone in the game votes on who they think the impostor is. If the impostor gets voted out of the game, the crewmates win, but if the group votes out a crewmate, the game goes on.
The game becomes very strategic as impostors must lie during the meetings to convince the crewmates that they are not the impostor.
Wesley told me that his favorite part of the game is “being the impostor for sure.” For Senior Anika Murthy, who I spoke to immediately after my chat with the sophomores, “It's exhilarating to have to lie and kill the other players.”
According to Miles, the worst part of the game is “being a ghost” (your state after being killed or voted out) The ghosts can’t do anything, but complete tasks.
In the game, players can choose a username that shows up above their character to make it easier to communicate when playing with random people online. Miles told me his username was “Hail Satan,” Drew’s was “Dréq,” and Wesley’s is the rather succinct,“I.” Anika refused to tell me her name (“it’s not school-friendly” as she puts it).
When I first started playing I’d heard that being an impostor was the most exciting part of the game. In a recent session, I waited for a game where I was the impostor to document how it went.
After playing many games as a crewmate, I finally got to be the Impostor.
In the lobby were random players, Hamstra, Yerrr, Voldemort, Lizzyv, Harry P, Mari, and ZeroTwo, and me, "Fridge."
As the game started, the screen told me that Voldemort and I were the Impostors for the round. This meant that we had to kill the entire rest of the group without being voted out of the game. No one else knew that we were the Impostors, so we had to be careful to make sure we weren’t being too suspicious, otherwise we’d be voted out and the crewmates would win.
As soon as the game started, I immediately went and faked a task that many of the crewmates were doing, hoping it would rule me out as a potential impostor. After faking the task, I began running around the ship, searching for any lonely crewmates to kill while no one was around.
Eventually, I found my way to the security room. To my dismay, I found two crewmates there, Yerr and ZeroTwo. I stayed in the room for a bit to make sure I wasn’t being too suspicious, but then left knowing I couldn’t kill someone while someone else was in the room.
After leaving security, I came upon the electricity room. In there, I was met by another two crewmates, but my fellow Impostor, Voldemort, as well. Since we could both kill a crewmate, we went for a double kill, where I killed Mari and Voldemort killed Harry P (makes sense).
Unfortunately, immediately after Harry P was killed, someone found his body. A meeting was called and it turned out that Hamstra had seen Voldemort kill. This was enough evidence for them to convince the entire group that Voldemort was indeed the impostor. Voldemort was voted out and I was left as the only impostor in the game.
I made my way over to the reactor and found Yerr, who was all alone. I took the opportunity and killed him right away. I ran away so that no one would find me next to the body, but after a while, no one had reported it. So, I made my way over to the body and reported it myself. This was my brilliant evil strategy to make it seem like I was not the impostor. If I was the impostor, why would I have reported the body that I killed?
When the meeting began, I immediately put the blame on Hamstra and said that I had seen them near the body. This was enough evidence for most of the group to vote him out, and now there were only three remaining. It was down to me, Lizzyv, and ZeroTwo.
As soon as the meeting ended, I waited a few seconds and killed ZeroTwo, making me the winner of the game.
After my discussion about the game with Miles, Wesley, and Drew, Wesley told me that “the game has started to get really boring. I don’t even have it on my phone anymore.”
When I asked him why, he said, “It’s just natural, it's Newton’s law of video games: Eventually you will get tired of every game.”
Now they tell me that they have moved on to a new game, Clash Royale.