By: Jasmin Prasad
Perhaps one of the few positive outcomes of the global pandemic has been the amount of time that individuals have been able to devote to new hobbies and interests. More specifically, to hobbies that they would have never dabbled in before. One activity that has become widely popular is an app game called Among Us, where unsuspecting astronauts try to complete tasks that will ensure a steady ride into space, all the while imposter astronauts kill them off one by one in a murderous escapade.
In truth, the indie game “Among Us,” is not as scary as its description. The “unsuspecting astronauts” are actually tiny, oblong space women and space men that measure about 3 feet in height. When the imposter kills their unwitting victim, the death is not at all spine chilling; rather the dead bodies resemble a fallen cartoon chicken leg. Such features largely contributed to the popularity of “Among Us.” This is of course, coupled with the fact that many were looking for new activities in replacement of lost social interactions. The fact that InnerSloth, a video game developer, created Among Us in 2018, but the game did not catch on with people until recently illustrates how the pandemic has helped propel its popularity.
Just like any type of media that gains a massive following, there is a myriad of different stereotypes created from personality traits that coincide with the color that players pick for their astronaut. This is only a possibility of course, due to the wide range of colors, suits, and accessories available for customization. Players are able to pick which color they would like their astronaut to be; they are also able to pick skins overtop their color, hats, and pets. Perhaps the most notoriously known ones are that red and cyan are the most suspicious whilst pink and orange are the most wholesome and never accused.
In a poll carried out via Google Forms for the Pacific “Among Us” community, it was found that orange was the most commonly used color in true tiger spirit. Additionally, the most popular hat is the yellow sticky note that says “DUM” on it.
Within the game, there are specific tasks denoted to each player; these tasks are spread out around the spaceship, and completing them warrants a steady journey into space with the ejection of imposters after full completion (from every player). There was largely no variation by color; most of the colors are upstanding in finishing their tasks responding with “yes” or “maybe.” Interestingly, there was little to no variation for specific colors always getting accused. One would assume that with the amount of people who picked pink and orange and said that they follow others around in the game that pink and orange will be accused first. The lack of correlation may be attributed to the more wholesome stereotype associated with pink and orange. Red and cyan were picked as the most suspicious and subsequently most likely colors to be an imposter — to seasoned “Among Us” players, this is no surprise. Although, there was one individual who made an overwhelming case as to why brown is always the most overlooked suspicious color.
The emergency meeting button seems underutilized in the Pacific “Among Us” community, with only a couple individuals choosing “yes” for whether or not they call them often. And while there was no specific trend for a color that always wins the game, a majority of those who picked pink, orange, and yellow said that they never win.
Almost all of the respondents maintained that they only played “Among Us” here and there: an understandable outcome so as college students simply do not have that much time to decipher who the imposter is in a rainbow of colors. But when those in the Pacific community find the time to play, they should always remember that red is always the most suspicious.