Back in 2018, game designer Marcus Bromander created an online game called "Among Us," which took inspiration from the social deduction game Mafia (also known as Werewolf). Growing up, I played Mafia frequently at parties or events—most commonly with my Girl Scout troop. In case you're unfamiliar with Mafia, at the start of the game each person is given a role, including villager, mafia and protector. During each round, the players close their eyes (aside from the mafia) and the mafia decides which player should be killed in the game. When the mafia closes their eyes, the moderator awakens the protector, who may protect one player from being killed. Then, the moderator instructs the group to open their eyes and informs them of which player has died. The players then must discuss who they think is the mafia and they vote on who to eliminate. The game continues round by round until the mafia is eliminated or is the last man standing.
"Among Us" follows the same concept, except in the digital sphere with anonymous players. Players are randomly assigned to be a crew member or an imposter. The object of the game for the crew members is to correctly identify the imposter and complete your tasks around the map. The imposter, on the other hand, must eliminate the crew members, thus preventing them from doing their tasks.
Although the game was released over two years ago, it spiked in popularity this year. This is because it began getting played on Twitch and was reviewed by many of the platform's top gamers, including PewDiePie, Ninja and Pokimane. It was even played by U.S. Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar to encourage people to vote. The game was intended to have a sequel debut in September 2020, however, the creators instead decided to make improvements and modifications to the original. Such changes include fixing the game's server issues, banning disruptive players, improving the game play of ghosts and making it more colorblind friendly.
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