Hanging out with friends remotely | Photo by Grace Ramsdell | The Wright State Guardian
Although the pandemic finally has an end in sight, it is still important to practice social distancing. While playing virtual games over Zoom is fun, it can get boring. Here are five different activities that your friend group can do over Zoom to have fun while staying safe.
Zoom table read
A fun way to spend an afternoon with friends over Zoom is to do a table reading of your favorite movies. Scripts of popular movies can be found online, studiobinder is a great website, with movies ranging from Marvel to classic comedies. Everyone can pick a character and you can spend a couple hours acting out a movie that you all love. If you record your zoom meeting, you can look back on the table read and have a good laugh whenever you need one.
A game that uses Google street view to place you somewhere random in the world, GeoGuesser is a fun game that can be played alone or with friends. The objective of the game is to look around the Google street view and guess where you have been placed in the world. You can choose to be placed in different areas, with the most popular choices being anywhere in the world, America and famous places. One person can share their screen on Zoom and the game can either be played in teams, all together, or one-by-one.
Just Dance Now
If you want to get some exercise in and get up from your desk where you probably spend most of your days, Just Dance Now is a fun way to play the classic dancing game virtually with your friends. One person shares their screen and players join a private dance room on their phone with a code. For free, there is a wide selection of classic Just Dance songs to choose from for hours of fun.
Record a fake (or real) podcast
Have you ever said to your friends “we should start a podcast!” during a conversation? Recording a podcast over Zoom can be an entertaining way to spend an afternoon. Zoom allows you to save the recorded audio as a separate file, and with the help of free podcast software, you can finally create that podcast you always talk about making. Either save the podcast for yourself or publish it for others to listen to.
Another fun activity that you can do over Zoom is trivia games through Kahoot. There are several premade trivia Kahoots that you can choose from, or you can make your own. Each friend can make a Kahoot either about themselves or a topic that they are passionate about and your group can take turns playing everyone’s trivia game.