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8 fun virtual games you can play during conference calls
by Angelique Borja

Catching up with friends, colleagues, and staying in touch with families over video chat is now the new normal. With the coronavirus pandemic, Zoom, Google Meet, and Skype calls have become a primary tool for face-to-face communication.

If you’re looking into putting more excitement on your usual chat, playing online games would be fun! Check out this list of easy and fun games that you can do on your next conference call.

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Bingo

Play a traditional Bingo game with a virtual caller at home with your friends. You can also play a custom Bingo game that revolves around a movie or TV show that your group plans to watch.

You can use a website like My Free Bingo Cards for your virtual cards.

Charades

Charades can be easily played in Zoom or Hangouts. Split your group into two teams and the person who's acting out the charade uses the Zoom "spotlight" feature, and their team has one minute to figure out the phrase.

You can check out charades idea generator to help you choose words and phrases.

Cards Against Humanity

Cards Against Humanity is a dark card game where players match ridiculous statements for hours of fun. It can now be played online through Playing Cards and set it up over conference call for multi-person virtual play.

Trivia

To play trivia on a conference call, open this random trivia generator and start asking questions. Have each person send their answer in the chat at the same time or have an honors system.

Houseparty

Houseparty is a video call software and quizmaster rolled into one. It’s free, fun, and fast to set up! Houseparty app is available on IOS, Android, Chrome and Mac. Play Heads Up (like Celeb in the Bag), Pictionary and Quick Draw.

Scattergories

Scattergories is a fun game to play for all ages. The rules are simple: there is one letter and five categories (things like "school supplies," "book title," and "girl's name"). You have 60 seconds to come up with a word that fits in each category and starts with the chosen letter. The more unique your answer is compared to your friends' answers, the more points you get.

To play, head to this free game generator and send each person a link to the game.

Pub Quiz

Amp your game night with a virtual pub quiz! This is one of the most popular virtual games because it’s easy to create and gets everyone involved. Rounds may include: General knowledge, Guess what the emojis spells (films, terms etc.) and music intros. Here’ a guide to 53 pub quiz round ideas.

Pictionary

Pictionary works best for smaller groups on a conference call. All you need to do is nominate someone in your group to be the drawer. The host can email them a list of things they'll have to draw before the call starts. Then, all the drawer needs to do is stick some paper up on a wall, make sure their webcam is focused on the piece of paper, and get drawing!

Here’s a link to randomwordgenerator.com to help you out for more ideas.

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