Why Hangout Games are due for a Renaissance

November 26, 2020
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‘Any last words?’ they demand.

‘RIP,’ she responds. ‘RIP me.’

Who said that? Was it Joan of Arc? Mary Antoinette beneath the guillotine? No. It was congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, shortly before she was punted into space during the first round of her Among Us livestream in September. The mainstream press was quick to praise Cortez for her media savvy, but little attention was paid to the game itself (the Guardian called it faddish). This strikes me as a serious oversight. While it looks like something spawned on the pages of Newgrounds circa 2005, Among Us is the perfect game for today – and quite possibly tomorrow, too.

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