If your kids love gaming, and can sit absorbed for hours playing online, you may have asked yourself: “If only real life were like a video game!” Well, actually it can be.
With a little ingenuity, you can “gamify” just about anything to hook kids’ attention. Even chores!
To prove the point, let’s take a look at the hottest online game of the moment, “Among Us,” and some of the ways smart digital parents are bringing its magic to life in the off-line world.
The basic gameplan
First, a few basics if you’re an “Among Us” newbie.
In its online version, “Among Us” is a multiplayer murder mystery game set in outer space. (Are you following this?)
Teams consist of crewmates and imposters, who go about the ship performing tasks and trying not to get killed. As you do.
The mission of the crewmates is to find and kill the imposter, working together in team meetings. The imposter meanwhile aims to eliminate as many crewmates as possible to evade detection.
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It’s all about strategy, task-completion and teamwork - and yes, okay, about “murder” (but only of the most stylised variety). So when you think about it like that, it’s no mystery - get it? - that clever parents have seen an opportunity to translate the game to real life.
It’s a process called “gamification” - where elements of game play like point scoring, role play, team-building, and battling a common enemy, are applied offline to achieve real-life goals.
“Always a crowd-pleaser”
Mum of two and Family Zone Community Manager Jessica Hill has devised a version of “Among Us” to occupy three or more kids screen-free during playdates - or when grown-ups are in need of some adult time, like at the local pub.
Setting it up is simple.
The kids eat it up, says Jessica - although she doesn’t entirely understand why.
“It’s the weirdest game. Kids just walk around in circles doing all the tasks!”
Another ingenious version of real-life “Among Us” comes from “The Quirky Mom Next Door”, this one focused on getting kids to have fun while doing household chores.
In this gamification, the parent writes tasks for each crewmate (and the secretly designated imposter) on a sheet of paper. The challenge for crewmates is to finish all their tasks before the imposter eliminates them. The imposter’s job - in addition to completing their own tasklist - is to eliminate the crewmates.
The Chore Version Rules
“Honestly, it looks so boring,” laughs Jessica. “But I guess that proves how different adults and kids are. They don’t need anything complicated to get hooked into gameplay - just a few simple rules and a good old-fashioned dose of ‘let’s pretend.’”
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