AOC, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is known for grabbing the attention of the media by standing as a powerful voice for young people in politics. This Tuesday, October 20th, the politician took to the internet’s newest craze, ‘Among Us,’ to play a fun game and to talk about this upcoming 2020 Presidential election. Ocasio-Cortez is the U.S. representative of the Bronx and Queens in New York. She is the youngest person ever to serve in the United States Congress and is an outspoken voice for progressive Gen Z and millennials who are pro-choice, pro-gun control, and pro-immigrant. As a young woman of color, she is a refreshing face in a historical world of old, White male politicians. It is no wonder millennials and gen z identify with her politics. AOC is known for being more relatable than her colleagues, but now she’s pushing the envelope even further. She took to the live-streaming platform, Twitch, to play the ever-so-famous ‘Among Us.’ Watch AOC go through ALL the emotions while playing it: The best moments from @AOC's Among Us stream on @Twitch last night. pic.twitter.com/13dGGgeWTF — The Recount (@therecount) October 21, 2020 A Mission It was not all just fun and games. The congresswoman came with a mission- she wanted to get her peers to the polls this election seasons. AOC took to Twitter on October 19th, to schedule the live-stream and wanted others to join as an encouragement to vote: Anyone want to play Among Us with me on Twitch to get out the vote? (I’ve never played but it looks like a lot of fun) — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) October 19, 2020 All elections are tense, but this November election is proving to be extremely polarized. This is not to mention the added stress and limits caused by the pandemic. With many polls not open this year, and many ballots being mail-in (leading to mail-in fraud), people can feel overwhelmed by the chaos at hand. What better way to lighten things up and gather people’s attention with a fun game? It is important to recognize that people of voting age are encouraged by different actions. AOC recognized the demographic that is encouraged by online communities and gaming platforms– not just rallies and commercials. At just 31 years old, she is changing the way in which politicians relate to young people and the way in which they communicate with them, something that has not been considered for many years. She took time to talk about politics, touching on Universal healthcare while asking players from the UK what their healthcare looks like: AOC talks healthcare with @Hbomberguy, who is from the UK, where healthcare is free. pic.twitter.com/3wMUZXpuF7 — Brennan Murphy (@brenonade) October 21, 2020 She claimed her mission was to overwhelm the vote from young people this election. Twitter is Obsessed As always, Twitter is the first to react and if they were not already, they were falling head over heels for AOC and her hilarious experience using the app. Same, girl, same. me: stop👏 stanning👏 politicians👏 also me watching aoc play among us on twitch: pic.twitter.com/UXquuJCpmU — i praydalor my sodakeep (@AlmondTiddies) October 21, 2020 Ummm, did we forget to mention that she had Minnesotan Congresswoman, Ilhan Omar, join her? ICONIC. I am really watching @IlhanMN and @AOC playing twitch 🥺🥺🥺 I love them so much ! — Pérez🇧🇿 (@unkwnpz) October 21, 2020 One of my kids just ran down the stairs, yelling, "AOC is playing Among Us on Twitch, to get out the vote!!" She is so smart about this stuff, I love it. — Gremliny Nussboo (@emilynussbaum) October 21, 2020 Inspiring people everywhere: YOU LOVE TO SEE IT! First time streaming on Twitch, Congress Woman, Latina, 500K Followers, probably the most non-esports viewed streamed ever on Twitch, ~400k Concurrent. I just cried inside. She's down to earth, grinder, hard worker & New Yorker. @AOC, our Future President💗 pic.twitter.com/eY8YVnPs1G — ZuneGirl 📌 #VOTE (@Zune_Girl) October 21, 2020 Yikes! rightwingers watching aoc hit 400k viewers on twitch while they sit on twitter crying about a politician playing a video game pic.twitter.com/ZvLfR6AYDu — dean (@shutuptwink) October 21, 2020 Record Breaking That’s right! Ocasio-Cortez nearly broke Twitch’s viewership record while live-streaming with over 400k views while live and as of now, 4.8 million views in total. She stands just behind Ninja and Drake on the platform. Apparently, had she reached 600k live viewers, she would have beat the record- so close! Rep. @AOC surpasses 400k viewers on her debut Twitch stream, the third most of all-time on the platform for a single stream trailing @Ninja and @Drake. pic.twitter.com/vmCPmzzzMv — Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) October 21, 2020 Among Us If you’re anything like me (a millennial with Little to no knowledge of gaming culture), let me fill you in on why everyone is obsessed with this game. ‘Among Us’ is a video game where you are one of up to 10 crew members on a space ship. Everyone has an integral job to keep the ship running, except one person…the imposter. The imposter is an alien who sabotages the work of everyone else and even kills its fellow crew members. While the game has been out for over two years now, it is rising in popularity with users being popular Youtube and TikTok stars. Youtubers, like Mr.Beast, have given the game a second life. We played Among Us on the gaming channel but whoever won the game got $10,000! It’s epic 🤪https://t.co/e5SNKELuEK — MrBeast (@MrBeastYT) October 21, 2020 AOC and Gaming While she may have been new to ‘Among Us,’ this is hardly the first time Ocasio-Cortez has gamed. Remember way back in the beginning of quarantine when everyone was obsessed with ‘Animal Crossing’? So was she. She even was accepting invites to join her fans’ islands. Between this and the animal crossing thing, I need an AOC Gaming Youtube Channel like yesterday. I'd watch every video tbh. https://t.co/YESGwLNJHh — Derek Deputy (@Nintenderek) July 14, 2020 Vote Did AOC push you to vote, yet? She is pretty convincing if you ask me. No matter where you stand on politics, get out and vote. If you have the ability to vote, you have the responsibility to vote. Heck! You can vote in your pajamas, in your car, in between commercial and ‘Among Us’ rounds. If you have a mail-in ballot, just make sure to drop it off at the polls, so it can be accounted for this late in the game.
While we are prohibited from going to school, work, and other social venues, many are yearning for a platform to meet new people. The dating scene has been dead for months as it is difficult to find your soulmate while stuck at home. But some are discovering a new and unique way to virtually find love by turning the video game ‘Among Us’ into a dating game. What is Among Us? The video game ‘Among Us’ is where 4-10 players aboard a ship and must complete a variety of tasks. However, 1-3 players are assigned the role of the “Imposter” whose goal is to kill all the other players (crewmates) without getting caught. @amongus.leah #fyp #amongus #redvented #foryou ♬ original sound – Leah When a crewmate thinks they know who the “Imposter” is, they can call an “Emergency Meeting” where they discuss with the other players on who they think the Imposter is. Every time there is a meeting all players vote on who they think is the Imposter, and the player with the most votes gets ejected from the ship. If all the Imposters are ejected, the crewmates win, but if the Imposter(s) are able to kill the majority of the crewmates, then the Imposter(s) wins. Though the main goal of the game is to either kill or not be killed, many are playing the game with unconventional goals. Among Us Love Stories In ‘Among Us’ people play against real people, leading to the possibilities of making new friends and finding love. One TikTok user went viral after posting a video where she and another ‘Among Us’ player became allies on the game when they changed their screen names to Sharkboy and Lava Girl. After playing multiple games with Sharkboy, Lava Girl decided to ask for Sharkboy’s Instagram. Later, the two lovebirds Facetimed each other and had great conversations. @karlagarcia999 Pt. 2 of our love story 🥰 #amongus #lovestory #foryoupage ♬ Blake Banuelos YT – Blarick Eventually, Sharkboy and Lava Girl met in person and went on a date – they almost even kissed. @karlagarcia999 Reply to @joselynem47 We have officially met up y’all @sadboiimarrzz ♬ original sound – Karly Queen @karlagarcia999 For those that didn’t go on our live yes me and Sharkboy have met lol @sadboiimarrzz ♬ Because of You – Ne-Yo @karlagarcia999 For everyone who was asking to kiss in the live 😂 ♬ electric love – madalyn Sadly, this love story came to an end as both had busy schedules and little time for a romantic relationship. @karlagarcia999 Reply to @nashh.716 Sorry guys :/ ♬ original sound – Karly Queen Like Sharkboy and LavaGirl, other ‘Among Us’ players were successful in connecting with their crush outside of the game such as this user. @blurr.tv An Among us love story #amongus #blurrtv #ItBeLikeThat #fyp #foryoupage #viral ♬ original sound – BLURR Even though most of the relationships seem to have an expiration date, this player had a lasting fairytale relationship with an ‘Among Us’ user as they got married and even had a baby – but their relationship was strictly virtual. @among.uss.is.sus among us love story pt.1 (pt.2 is up) #amongus #lovestory #orange #pink #fyp #foryou #amonguslovestory ♬ among us love story pt.1 – among us is sus @among.uss.is.sus among is love story pt.2 #amongus #lovestory #orange #pink #fyp #foryou #amonguslovestory #darkblue ♬ among us love story pt.2 – among us is sus @among.uss.is.sus among us love story pt.3 #amongus #darkblue #pink #amonguslovestory #lovestory #fyp #foryou #brown ♬ among us love story pt.1 – among us is sus Love Stories That Did Not Have a Happy Ending However, not all ‘Among Us’ love stories go as hoped. An ‘Among Us’ player (Homelander) developed a crush for another player (Jane), but when he asked her out on a date, she revealed that she is only 13. @balakey An Among Us Love Story 😂 #amongus #youtube #xyzbca #fyp #foryou #impostor ♬ Blake Banuelos YT – Blarick Although Jane was underage, the two kept playing together, and Jane even refused to kill Homelander when she was the Imposter, but he ejected her off the ship because she was still 13. @balakey An Among Us Love Story Part 2 😂 #amongus #youtube #xyzbca #fyp #foryou #impostor ♬ original sound – Blarick Jane tried to shoot her shot one last time with Homelander, but Homelander ejected her off the ship again. @balakey An Among Us Love Story Part 3 😂 #amongus #youtube #xyzbca #fyp #foryou #impostor ♬ Blake Banuelos YT – Blarick When Homelander’s and Jane’s story came to an end, Homelander did not give up on love as he found a new crush – Ashley. However, when he FaceTimed Ashley, he found out that he was catfished. @balakey An Among Us Catfish 😂 #amongus #youtube #xyzbca #fyp #foryou #impostor ♬ Blake Banuelos YT – Blarick Other ‘Among Us’ TikToks Some may be using ‘Among Us’ to find love, but others are creating new ways to use the game such as making the characters go along with popular trends. @sushibae My stupid birthday #amongus #gaming ♬ Potential Breakup Song – Aly & AJ @amongusdetail P I X A R. #amongus #amongusvideo #amongusfamily #amongusmeme #amongusclip #fyp #xyzbca #meme #viral #tiktokgaming #foru #foryoupage #funny ♬ original sound – Among Us Others are going viral for creating hilarious reenactments of typical ‘Among Us’ scenarios. @theeblackbadger You always have to watch your back when you’re looking at the security cameras ! 😭😭😭 #TikTokCooks #VibeWithUs #amongus #amongusgame ♬ original sound – Christian Haynes Some are looking to TikTok for new tricks on mastering the game. @_slapnuts #funny #howto #comedy #fyp #foryou #foryoupage #viral #amongus #imposter ♬ original sound – 👽REECEETESBETH👽 TikTok has caused ‘Among Us’ to skyrocket as many more people are playing the game and trying to recreate the videos that have seen on their ‘For You Page’ whether it be comedy or love inspired videos. Is your soulmate on ‘Among Us’?