We give you 5 tips to play Among Us in game and in life.
Unless you live under a rock, you have probably heard about the recently popular game “Among Us”. This multiplayer game drops players into an alien spaceship. Each is assigned a role as a crew mate or an impostor. The crew members work to complete certain tasks to get the ship ready for take off. The impostor works to sabotage the ship, deceive and frame other crew members and try to kill off the crew.
Crew members need to figure out the clues to discover who the impostors are. Impostors do their best to blend in and sabotage the space ship.
From the setup of this game, it’s obvious that it can bring out many of our negative tendencies such as being deceptive and manipulative. That said, there are some tips that you can use to increase your chances of winning the game. These tips are also applicable in real life.
1. Be moderate in your actions.
Doing too much or too little won’t save you from being judged as suspicious in this game. You can come off as trying too hard to look like a crew member if you do too much. Doing nothing on the other hand, is a surefire way to be called out as an impostor.
In real life, you may be criticized for trying too hard to impress when you do too much. Or be seen as lazy if you seem to be doing too little. So the best course of action is to be moderate in your actions.
Find a work-life balance that allows you to work productively without sacrificing your most important relationships and your health. This helps to ensure that you blend better with the rest of your crew mates in the game; whether you are an impostor, or not.
2. Work well with others.
In game or in life, working well with others is more beneficial to you. Obviously, it invites less negative criticism and it also gains you friendship and support from your fellow workers.
Working well with others also helps you to get to know your group mates better. This will assist you in weeding out who you can ask for help when certain work issues come up. It also gives you a better feel of who to keep close to you and who to stay away from.
Remember that the people who you surround yourself with more frequently, also reflects the kind of person that you are.
3. Everyone has an opinion.
At some point in the game, you will find out that everyone turns out be a scumbag. Many players can’t believe that their real-life friends voted them out of the game. It is important to remember that this is just a game so that you don’t take things too personally.
In real life, it is more important to remember that everyone has an opinion. Remember that you should respect that fact. People will judge you no matter what you do (or don’t do). They have a right to express these opinions even if they don’t understand your circumstances.
Your friends may act this way too but they may have a good reason to do so. There are many dramas were friendships are broken because both parties were trying to do things on their own. Both sides wanted to protect the other but did not communicate their intentions to each other.
There are many instances where friendships were ruined because of external noise. One party decided to listen to other people’s opinions instead of talking directly to the other person. The lesson here is that you should respect everyone’s right to voice an opinion; but you should also choose carefully which ones to listen to.
4. Keep things simple.
Whether you’re explaining yourself to a colleague, a friend, or a crew mate in the game; try to make your explanation simple. The more precise and clearer your message, the better it will be received and understood.
Sometimes, we want to explain all the details but we may not have the time, or the other person isn’t willing or ready to listen to too much information. The best strategy then is to be honest about your thoughts and feelings. This way, you convey your message clearly and can keep your listener’s interest. You can always answer any follow-up questions to clarify the details.
You may be interrogated after your simple explanation. As long as you give clear and honest answers; your team mates will feel your sincerity and not waver in their trust towards you. Of course, you will end up abusing this rule if you are an impostor in the game. But this is a helpful attitude to have when dealing with issues with other people in real life.
5. Common sense and logic are your friends.
Uncertainty is always a source of fear and panic. In the game, 9 times out of 10, paranoia wins. Team mates end up voting out innocent crew mates instead of the actual impostors for fear of being voted out themselves. They end up voting out anyone who has any minor possibility of being an impostor just to keep themselves safe.
Real life situations are not much different. In the middle of a shouting match; common sense gets thrown aside and the focus becomes finding someone to blame instead. Sometimes, small details in someone’s explanation is not taken into consideration because everyone is dwelling on the negative result. The opposite also happens. Everyone is obsessing over a small, but controversial detail and forgetting to consider the big picture.
Crime is common. Logic is rare. Therefore it is upon the logic rather than upon the crime that you should dwell.— Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of The Copper Beeches
It is important to keep your wits and common sense about you to help you piece together the facts. You don’t have to be Sherlock; but you need to be able to keep a cool head and not be swept up in a heated discussion. Otherwise, you will end up ignoring the important facts and details.
The game Among Us definitely highlights some of the dark aspects of human nature. It also gives us a glimpse of the common issues that we face in our real-life engagements with other people. In the process, it also provides us with clues on how to overcome them. It is also a good opportunity to get to know yourself better; particularly your dark side.
You can use these tips to be more successful in playing the game Among Us and to improve your personal engagements in real life. If you have played the game yourself; what tips do you have?
Featured Image: Screenshot of Among Us Game