- As the coronavirus closes schools and workplaces, people are increasingly turning to Zoom video calls for work and fun.
- As video calls become the primary method of socializing, websites and apps are popping up designed to facilitate games on Zoom.
- Some other simple games and activities can be easily adapted to Zoom, no extra app necessary.
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Many are turning to video online calls thanks to COVID-19, the coronavirus disease.
With schools, businesses, and restaurants closed, people are increasingly moving to video calling platform Zoom for work and socializing. The company says its stock already increased more than 100% since the outbreak spread in the US.
Zoom parties are fun, but you can only stare at your friends’ faces and talk about how today was pretty much like yesterday, and the day before, for so long. To replace some feeling of more naturally interacting with friends, many are turning to Zoom games. Some games are specifically designed for Zoom, while others are finding a new audience on the platform with minor adjustments to suit their new, virtual play.
Here’s how to set up your screen for Zoom games, and some you can play.
First, launch Zoom and select “new meeting.”
Or, choose the whiteboard option for certain games, like anything with drawing.
Play charades with this online idea generator. Select categories, or choose charades for kids to get the whole family involved.
Play all kinds of card games online, like Euchre or Go Fish.
The #ZoomJam challenge asked designers to submit games that can be played by a group over Zoom with no special equipment or skills. Check out the archive to see what games sound fun.
The Zoom version of Whack-A-Mole only requires a gallery view in Zoom and everyone to have mics on.
Another game submission on the website, Murder Mystery, requires seven players and works like the game Mafia.
Doodle Demons uses Zoom’s whiteboard function to draw a creature, and only requires two players.
Kitchen Connect gets players cooking, using the same basic idea as the TV show “Chopped.” Players figure out what ingredients they have in common, then compete to make the best meal using the same base.
Download Just Dance on your phone, then enter the room number and use your phone as a controller to compete against your friends.
Use a random trivia generator to play against friends.