"Among Us" Is The Internet's New Obsession, So Here's Everything You Need To Know

    Here's what you need to know.

    Among Us is a multiplayer game that has taken over the internet for the past few weeks, so if you've heard an uptick in people using the word "sus" or you're wondering what the hell doing tasks means or why AOC has joined the hype — don't worry. You probably aren't alone. Allow me to fill you in.

    First, you need to know that Among Us is almost like playing a virtual game of Mafia (or Clue) with your friends (or strangers online). Set in a spaceship, a crew of colorful mates on board have the goal of "fixing up" the ship by completing tasks. At the start of the game, one or two people are assigned as "the impostor." The goal of the impostor is to kill everyone without getting caught.

    A list of fake tasks while ''the imposter'' lurks around

    Non-impostors use the list of tasks they're assigned at the beginning of the game. Some of them are a little weird, like sliding a security card through a system, but some make sense, like fixing the wiring on the spacecraft. The thing is, you gotta take care of your tasks without getting murdered.

    An example of a task that asks you to swipe a card through a slot at just the right speed

    You may have heard of "venting" more than usual lately, but we're not talking about someone dumping their woes and worries upon you. We're referring to crawlin' and creepin' through an actual vent in the spacecraft. Only impostors have this ability. So if you see someone vent, you know they're the impostor.

    An example of identifying someone as the imposter by catching them vent

    If you suspect an impostor or see proof that someone *is* an impostor (ex: you witness a murder), you can either press a button that reports the murder, or you can call an emergency meeting in the cafeteria if you think someone is "sus."

    Once a team meeting is called, everyone discusses in a chatroom forum. You then have a limited amount of time to vote off the impostor. If most of your team votes in majority of someone they suspect is the imposter, they're either revealed as the impostor (if the guess is correct) or booted off the game (if the guess is wrong). And remember — impostors don't want you to guess who they are. They'll try and throw you off their trail.

    An example of someone being accused of being an imposter in an emergency team meeting

    If you're the impostor in a game and get away with killing people without your crew suspecting you, you win! If the rest of the crew figures out who the impostor is, the crew achieves victory and the impostor loses.

    US Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar took advantage of the Among Us popularity to talk about the importance of voting in this upcoming election since the game relies so heavily on voting. At one point, 400,000+ live viewers were watching her play with some big-name streamers, making it the third-highest record for Twitch, the streaming platform.

    Among Us can be downloaded for free on your phone or for a small price on other devices. And now that you perhaps understand the hype a little better, you can get to playing — and then maybe you'll get all the TikToks and memes!


    I’m literally the easiest to kill because I just STAND IN ADMIN THE WHOLE GAME #amongus #Boo #fyp

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