Did you enjoy the Among US stream by U.S. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar this week? Looking for something more Iowan? Then get ready for Iowa Democrats’ Saturday night stream.
Iowa State Sen. Zach Wahls, State Rep. Liz Bennett, former Iowa Secretary of State candidate Deidre DeJear and Democratic candidates Sarah Trone Garriott and Andrea Phillips will stream a few rounds of “Among Us,” a popular multi-player video game in which participants try to complete tasks and vote out the “imposters” among their group before the imposters kill more than half of the players.
More than 430,000 people watched AOC and Omar play the murder mystery-style game with popular content creators on Twitch on Oct. 20, where the two also called for viewers to go vote between rounds of virtual accusing and killing.
The congresswomen’s streams were the main inspiration for Olivia Habinck, a Democrat activist, to put up a call on Twitter for interested Iowa politicians to have their own game.
“It was a joke, I wasn’t really expecting anyone to reply,” she said. “But it turns out people were really excited and interested.”
Habinck and five Iowa Democrats, with more planned to join, will play Among Us at 9 p.m. central on Saturday, Oct. 24. Their playthrough will be streamed on the College and Young Democrats of Iowa Facebook page, and on Twitch at cosmiczaak. Information about who’s playing and where to watch will be updated on the Facebook event page for the game.
Streaming games like Among Us is a great way to get people excited for the election, Habinck said, because it lets you see the candidates as people.
“Watching AOC play was the most amazing thing ever,” she said. “And it really helps put things in perspective — like, these are real people who represent us. It’s a great way to reach out to people, especially young people. So what could be better than having local Iowa Democrats do that?”
Not only is it a way to get to know these politicians as people — streaming can be a platform for these candidates to talk about the election or issues they care about.
COVID-19 has made the 2020 campaign season different than usual — but she hopes this game will help show a side to Iowa politicians some might miss from the campaign trail.
“I think it can help build community,” she said. “A lot of these candidates will be out calling people all day, so getting the chance to interact with them while everyone winds down will show another side of them, and let people engage with politics in a fun way.”
Robin Opsahl covers trending news for the Register. Reach them at email@example.com or 515-284-8051.