How about adding a bit of fun while catching up with your friends and family? With technology, it’s quite easy! In this article, we’ll be featuring some games you can play through video conferencing.

Unlike before when we could go out anytime we want with anyone we want, it’s very different nowadays. We could always go out, but the fear that the virus might infect us makes us want to just stay at home to be safe. If you’re living alone or far from your family, it gets boring and lonely after some time. Lockdown and quarantine have been implemented to prevent people from going out a lot. Social distancing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of the virus. But because of this, how do you catch up with your family and friends without actually seeing them personally? Thanks to technology, you can send anyone from all around the world an instant message. You can also do video calls on different messenger apps.

The fun of video conferencing games

Whether you’re using Zoom or other alternative video conferencing apps, it’s easy to see all the participants in the group and you’ll be able to interact with all of them simultaneously. Here we’ve listed down ten awesome games you can play with your friends or family which can add more fun to your video calls, rather than just the usual catching up.

Never Have I Ever

You may have played this a few times before already. Holding up five fingers, each player keeps a tally of the things they’ve done by putting down one finger. Each player gets the chance to ask the group something they haven’t done. An example would be “never have I ever acted sober in front of my parents,” and if you or any other has done it, then you put one finger down. When a player has no fingers up left, then the game ends.

Truth or Dare

The beauty of a lot of video conferencing apps is that they’re able to do screen sharing, so if you happen to have an app for “spin the bottle,” then you can share your screen with all the other video conference participants to see which player goes next. Or you can just do an automatic turn. It really depends on you and the other players. Just make sure that the dares you have are ones that are possible to do through the video conference. Don’t suggest dares that will have to involve physical interaction with the other players.

Bring Me

A fun game that’s quite convenient for staying at home and talking on video conference is the game “Bring Me.” Each player takes a turn in asking other players to “bring” or in this case, show him or her a specific object that he or she is asking. This is much easier to do because you have access to everything at home. A countdown of ten seconds should suffice for the other players to show them the item you’re asking for.

Two Truths and A Lie

This game is actually a test of friendship in some ways. Each player takes a turn in convincingly saying three things about him or her and one of those things is a lie. The other players have to guess which are the two truths and which is the lie. You’ll be able to tell who of your friends or family pay close attention to your stories when you play this game. And it’s also just a fun way to mess with them if they happen to think your lie was the truth.

Name the Brand (Alphabetically)

Talk about consumerism, right? But this game is really fun to play! You will go through all the letters in the alphabet and each player takes a turn in mentioning a brand that starts with the letter of the alphabet. This has a time limit of only five seconds, so keep track of all the players’ turns and each player who can’t name the brand is forfeited.

Have fun!

The thing about games whether it’s actually played with everyone physically present, or just through online video conferencing platforms is that you just have to be a sport and have fun. Don’t be a killjoy because it will just ruin the mood of everyone else playing. Whether you get it right or not, just keep playing and enjoy. It’s also a good idea not to “pass” on your turn so that you get the chance to engage with everyone.

It’s now possible to play games online with a group of people through messenger apps and video conferencing apps. You’ll be able to play games in real time so that you can enjoy and see each other’s reactions, which is basically a modern take on the usual games that you would play before you couldn’t see your friends and family personally. 

Try it out!

And there you have it, five fun games you can play with your family and friends through video conference calls. This just adds a bit more excitement to staying at home during quarantine. Catching up with your friends and loved ones is always nice to do, so add some excitement to it with our list of games. It’s always better when you’re having fun even if you’re just at home. We hope our article helps you out in beating quarantine boredom and making things just a bit more exciting. Have fun and don’t let the isolation blues get the best of you. Technology is helping us to cope with this pandemic, make use of it in the most creative ways by doing things that are a bit out of the ordinary. It takes a bit of adjustment and some minor changes to make things work smoothly, but it’s something that definitely worth it. The new normal takes some time to get used to, but you’ll get the hang of it in time. In the meantime, while we’re all still hoping for the best for things to go back to the way they used to be, try out fun new things to make the best out of it!