Let’s face it, Zoom video calls are frustrating — as a consequence of being confined to our homes for 1.5 years now. Working from home by using video conferencing options, did seem like a good substitute at the beginning of the pandemic. However, as time passes by, it might not be a viable choice for various groups of people predominantly, people with short attention spans and people who are more prone to fatigue. Socializing is indeed important for humans to carry on with their daily lives. Being social animals, video conferencing sucks out all the fun from a regular, physical meeting. This goes the same for online dates too.
While talking using video calls could seem like a great way to get to know each other, it might seem mundane and a bit too repetitive. With work meetings being a tad too bland and the thrill of dating being taken away by the pandemic, it’s time to upgrade your daily video conferences to be more inclusive of fun elements (virtually, of course!)
Here are 5 online games that could be played online with your friends and loved ones.
Cards Against Humanity
This game is quite simple, in reality! Known for its reputation as a party-game for horrible people, the essence of this game is where one player asks a question from a black card and everyone else fills in the blank with the white card they think is funniest (or usually, most taboo). This game is most fun played with 6 to 8 players therefore, it’s most suitable for ice breaking sessions before work meetings. While some decks of cards might be a tad bit scandalous with NSFW contents (you might want to save that for a Friday night virtual drink session with your friends), you can always pick family-friendly decks too.
Since this virtual game is quite lengthy, it’s best to play it at night or when you’re completely free. Developed and published by American game studio, Innersloth, the setting of this online multiplayer social deduction game takes place in a space-themed setting in which players each take one of two roles most being Crewmates and a predetermined number being impostors. The goal of these Crewmates are to identify the impostors, eliminate them and complete tasks around the map. Meanwhile, the impostors have to covertly sabotage and kill the Crewmates before they complete all of their tasks. Sounds cool, right? A popular platform to play this on is Discord.
A revolutionized concept of Pictionary, Skribbl.io takes over its predecessor in a fun, online format. Get a link, pick a name for yourself, choose the outlook of your avatar and the guessing games begin! Depending on who starts drawing first, the other participants are required to guess the object via the chat box feature provided. Points will be given to the fastest person to give the correct answer.
This is a classic game of guessing the criminal with minimal effort — using psychological power to figure out the spy. There will be a spy in the game along with an FBI detective and the entire FBI team. The spy would have to guess the round’s location. A great tip is to infer from other people’s questions and answers. The other players would have to guess who the spy is. Oh, and the players should communicate via Zoom or any other video conferencing options.
Playing this game with your friends would being fun to a whole new level. Each player makes up fake answers to real trivia questions and it would be the rest of the players’ jobs to find out the real answer. This is indeed an intellectual game to test your knowledge regarding general knowledge questions — that might regularly take quite some time to figure out.
Hopefully, these games could spice up your conversations with friends. Instead of those mundane repetitive conversations, it’s high time you start using these free games to challenge your group of friends or working colleagues to a healthy duel!