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Video Games

Jake talks about his love of video games with Lindsay and gets her opinion too.
Lindsay: So, since we are talking about technology, I have a question for you. Is there any gadget or technology that you're really addicted to?

Jake: That would have to be video games. I have pretty much every video game console that was releases since the late 80's.

Lindsay: Are you serious?

Jake: Yes. Every one of them.

Lindsay: Wow. I actually don't really like video games.

Jake: Why not? They're fun.

Lindsay: I don't know. I used to when I was a kid, but recently they just don't appeal to me... to sit in front and like, use my thumb to press this thing to make it jump and I guess I'm just not very good at them.

Jake: Well, they're getting more and more involving now, it's kind of like having an interactive movie except you get to be the main character in the movie.

Lindsay: Yeah, I guess. I need to get used to it. I'm really bad at them right now, so I'm just not comfortable with them.

Jake: Yeah, I know what you mean. One thing I've noticed a lot with games lately is that they're so complicated to control that you have to be like a hard core gamer to even begin to understand how to play the game.

Lindsay: Do you think you're a hard core gamer?

Jake: I would have to say I am though I'm not exactly proud of it.

Lindsay: Oh, really. What constitutes a hard core gamer? How often to you play?

Jake: Pretty much, well, probably for most hard core gamers, it would be every day.

Lindsay: Every day. How many hours?

Jake: An hour or two, at the least.

Lindsay: OK, what about you? How often do you play every day?

Jake: Well, since, I'm working, there are lots of days when I don't play at all, and I would like to be able to play more.

Lindsay: OK, so one of your goals in life is to play more video games?

Jake: No, I wouldn't say that but it's a good way to relax and sometimes it's more fun than just watching TV when you have nothing better to do.

Lindsay: OK, so you play... try to play every day but sometimes you don't and then, are there any tips you can give me to become a good video gamer?

Jake: Well, just the more you can play, the better you'll get. I don't necessarily want to play more because as you know there isn't really any reward for playing games more.

Learn Vocabulary from the Lesson

appeal to

They just don't appeal to me.

Something that 'appeals' to us is something we like or think we might enjoy.  Notice the following:

  1. The thought of skydiving really appeals to me.
  2. Noisy dance clubs just don't appeal to her.


They're getting more and more involving now.

Actually, correct grammar demands the past participle form of involve, so we say more 'involved'.  Something that is 'involved' is complicated or in this case technical.  Notice the following:

  1. Mobile Phone Apps are getting more involved.
  2. My Blackberry is a lot more involved than my last phone.

get used to

I need to get used to it.

To 'get used to' something means to become comfortable with it.  Notice the following:

  1. I'll never get used to touch screens!
  2. It took awhile to get used to my new job.

hard-core gamer

You have to be a hard-core gamer to understand.

'Hard-core' means very serious. It can be positive or negative.  Notice the following:

  1. My dad's a hard-core football fan.
  2. The class meets 8 hours a day for 3 weeks so it's pretty hard-core.

I'm not exactly proud of it

I am, though I'm not exactly proud of it.

To be 'proud' means to be happy with something we are or have done. The opposite is of course, not proud.  Notice the following:

  1. I killed a deer on a hunting trip though I'm not exactly proud of it.
  2. Tom barely passed the TOEFL test, but he isn't exactly proud of his score.


What constitutes a hard core gamer?

When we ask what 'constitutes' something, it's similar to asking for a definition.  Notice the following:

  1. What constitutes a good student is someone who enjoys learning and studies hard.
  2. The definition of a good student is someone who enjoys learning and studies hard.

Vocabulary Quiz

appeal to • involved • used to
hard-core • proud • constitutes
  1. Your parents must have been that you graduated with honors.
  2. The interview process was very .
  3. What a perfect day for you?
  4. He is about fitness and nutrition.
  5. They want the advertisements to the majority of people.
  6. I don't think I could get sleeping on the floor.
Answer the following questions about the interview.


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