Ahh, the internet is a wonderful yet weird place.
There are so many things to see, so many things to learn and so many new words, you would have a tough time keeping up if you're not tech or internet savvy enough.
And if you've been on the internet a lot these days, you would most probably have come across words and phrases such as 'sus
' and 'emergency meeting
' on social media:
If you do not know what these terms mean, fret not; we are here to save the day, because we are not sus.
Where did it come from?
The terms, ladies and gents, actually come from an online multiplayer video game.
Yep, you heard that right.
The game is called 'Among Us
', and it is available to play on your PC and even on your mobile with four to ten friends.
The objective of the game is simple: you and your friends (aka Crewmates) control cute and brightly coloured characters, and you would have to complete a series of tasks on a spaceship to win the game.
But don't let the cute little characters fool you: it is an intense game of deception.
Among your friends, there would be up to three parasitic shapeshifters (aka Impostor), whose goal is to kill the rest of the crew before the spaceship reaches its destination.
The Impostors can sabotage the ship, use the air vents to move around, deceive and frame others to remain anonymous and ultimately, murder the Crewmates in cold blood.
Crewmates can report dead bodies they stumbled upon and hold emergency meetings if they suspect anyone of being an Impostor.
All ten players would then deliberate and come to a consensus on who they think the suspect is.
The Crewmates would then cast a vote, and the unfortunate being who receive the most votes will be ejected from the spaceship - even if the person is not an Impostor.
The Crewmates win if all Impostors are eliminated or all tasks are completed, while the Impostors win if there is an equal number of Impostors and Crewmates left, or if a critical sabotage goes unresolved.
So, in short: 'Among Us' is a suspenseful battle between Crewmates and the Impostors - and to see who can lie better.
How did it become a thing?
Interestingly, 'Among Us' (which was produced by American game studio InnerSloth) was released back in 2018.
It garnered little attention when it was launched two years ago, but it suddenly became one of 2020's hottest games when a host of popular gamers started playing and streaming the game on Twitch and YouTube.
Twitch streamer Sodapoppin was credited as the first gamer to popularise the game, when he streamed 'Among Us' in July 2020.
Soon after, some of the world's biggest gamers and Twitch streamers such as PewDiePie, Pokimane, Shroud and Ninja followed suit, further cementing 'Among Us' as one of the year's most popular games.
According to YouTube, videos about 'Among Us' were viewed more than four billion times
in September alone, and TikTok videos related to 'Among Us' had over 13 billion views in October 2020.
'Among Us' exceeded 100 million downloads in September, and its player count rose to 1.5 million concurrent players.
Because of its popularity, 'Among Us' has spawned thousands of internet memes, hence the phrases 'sus' and 'impostor' became a thing on social media:
What do the terms mean?
Now that you know where the phrases come from, it's very easy for you to make out what those phrases mean (and relate to all those sus memes you saw on social media).
But to answer your question, here's what the terms mean:
Slang for 'suspect', a dodgy person who pretends to be a good person but is actually a parasite
Emergency meeting =
Pretty self explanatory
a bad guy with hidden intentions
So, there you go, guys; you are now caught up with the whole sus and impostor slang. Go forth and spread your knowledge, if not, you're a sus.
(PS: go and download the game on iOS or Google Play, because it is extremely fun to play)