Video Games




Part 1Listen and Read: Listen to the recording, answer the questions, and then read along with the audio recording.

The man plays video games with _____.

The man says, "Sometimes, I play video games by myself, but I also invite friends over to play."

Which concern was NOT mentioned about playing video games?

The man says, "Playing video games helps me burn off stress and kill some time, but it also can be addictive. A lot of people are concerned that people waste too much time playing games and do not get enough exercise because they sit in front of a computer or TV too much. Also, some people say that children as well as adults tend to isolate themselves and fail to develop relationships with others."

I like to play video games in my free time. Sometimes, I play video games by myself, but I also invite friends over to play. I really like games that deal with sports, role-playing, adventure, but I don’t buy games that contain certain types of content. Playing video games helps me burn off stress and kill some time, but it also can be addictive. A lot of people are concerned that people waste too much time playing games and do not get enough exercise because they sit in front of a computer or TV too much. Also, some people say that children as well as adults tend to isolate themselves and fail to develop relationships with others. I think if you regulate how much you use it—I mean, using it in moderation—-then playing video games isn’t a bad way to spend some of your time.

Part 2: Discussion

How often do you play video or computer games? What are the pros and cons of playing these types of games? Do you know of anyone who has become addicted to playing them?

Part 3: Online Investigation

There are many types of video games that are specifically designed for different age groups. Imagine that you have four children ranging from 6-18 years old. Use the Internet to find specific information on the different types of games for kids and recommend at least one game for each child.

Part 4: Online Listening Practice (from www.esl-lab.com):