To assist spur voters to the polls, most politicians conduct in-person canvassing or ship mass emails. However Consultant Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has taken a novel method: She requested her 9 million Twitter followers to observe her play a online game.
“Anybody wish to play Amongst Us with me on Twitch to get out the vote?” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York, tweeted on Monday afternoon, referring to the favored livestreaming platform. She added that she had by no means performed it “but it surely seems like quite a lot of enjoyable.”
Amongst Us is a cartoony recreation by which gamers attempt to keep alive on an alien spaceship. In a nutshell: Gamers who’re designated as “crewmates” should run round finishing a set of duties whereas attempting to root out and keep away from getting killed by different gamers who’re performing as “impostors.”
The sport was created in 2018 and has soared to reputation in the course of the pandemic. Main streamers, YouTube stars and TikTok influencers now play it for thousands and thousands of followers.
On Tuesday night time, greater than 300,000 customers went on-line to observe Ms. Ocasio-Cortez play Amongst Us with a handful of standard streamers. It was one other illustration of how Ms. Ocasio-Cortez has a level of web literacy that was not seen in Congress earlier than she entered politics.
As Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s pink “aoc” avatar bounced across the spaceship, a video beneath the motion confirmed the headphone-clad congresswoman smiling as she performed — and sometimes gasping when her avatar bumped into hassle.
Ms. Ocasio-Cortez talked somewhat about politics — together with well being care and transgender rights — and the presidential election. She stated that she deliberate to vote in individual, reasonably than by mail, as a result of she wished her vote counted on Election Day.
“I’m so excited by this upcoming election,” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez added a couple of minutes later. “We are able to overwhelm the polls, and we will get issues again on monitor.”
For essentially the most half, although, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez was absorbed within the recreation itself, and the spaceship the place her avatar was competing. At one level she noticed that a few of its options appeared anachronistic.
“What sort of futuristic spaceship nonetheless runs a combustion engine?” she requested. “I imply, actually?”