The Reading / Listening - Video Games - Level 2

The website wired.com released its list of the most influential video games of the decade. The game that had the biggest impact on the gaming industry in the 2010s is Fortnite. In second place is a game that got millions of gamers to start gaming - Minecraft. Other games in the top five include Gone Home and The Legend of Zelda. Many people argue games like Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Pokemon Go should be in the top five. Pokemon Go was the first major game to use Augmented Reality (AR). Millions of gamers ran around the world's streets in search of mythical, cute Pokemon creatures.



Wired.com said there were so many creative games in the 2010s. Many of them "reshaped the entire video game landscape". Wired.com included "just those [games] that made the most sizable, culture-shifting impact". Fortnite was top "because it's one of the only games of the decade to truly [enter] pop culture". Fortnite is now more popular than many sports. The annual Fortnite World Cup takes place in New York at the home of the US tennis Open. A total of $30 million went to the winners in 2019. Wired said: "Its influence is just starting to show its true scope."

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    Video Games - Level 0 Video Games - Level 1   or  Video Games - Level 3

Sources
  • https://metro.co.uk/2019/12/29/metro-gamecentral-best-video-games-decade-11945661/?ito=cbshare
  • https://www.joe.ie/gaming/ten-most-important-games-2010s-687020
  • https://www.wired.com/story/most-influential-games-decade/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. the biggest impact on
  2. In second
  3. got millions of gamers
  4. Other games in the
  5. Pokemon Go should be
  6. the first major game to use
  7. Millions of gamers ran around
  8. cute Pokemon
  1. top five
  2. Augmented Reality
  3. creatures
  4. place
  5. the world's streets
  6. the gaming industry
  7. to start gaming
  8. in the top five

Paragraph 2

  1. reshaped the entire video game
  2. the most sizable, culture-
  3. pop
  4. The annual Fortnite World Cup takes
  5. at the home of the
  6. A total of $30 million went
  7. Its influence is
  8. show its true
  1. culture
  2. just starting
  3. US tennis Open
  4. scope
  5. landscape
  6. shifting impact
  7. place in New York
  8. to the winners

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The website wired.com (1) ___________________ of the most influential video games (2) ___________________. The game that had the biggest impact on the gaming industry in the 2010s is Fortnite. In second place is a game that (3) ___________________ gamers to start gaming - Minecraft. Other games in the top five include Gone Home and The Legend of Zelda. Many people (4) ___________________ Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Pokemon Go should be in the top five. Pokemon Go was (5) ___________________ game to use Augmented Reality (AR). Millions of gamers ran around the world's streets in search of mythical, (6) ___________________.

Wired.com said there were (7) ___________________ games in the 2010s. Many of them "(8) ___________________ video game landscape". Wired.com included "just those [games] that made the (9) ___________________-shifting impact". Fortnite was top "because it's one of the only games of the decade to truly [enter] pop culture". Fortnite is (10) ___________________ than many sports. The annual Fortnite World Cup (11) ___________________ New York at the home of the US tennis Open. A total of $30 million went to the winners in 2019. Wired said: "Its influence is just starting to show (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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softhedecade.Thegamethathadthebiggestimpactonthegamingindu
stryinthe2010sisFortnite.Insecondplaceisagamethatgotmillionsofg
amerstostartgaming-Minecraft.OthergamesinthetopfiveincludeGo
neHomeandTheLegendofZelda.ManypeoplearguegameslikeSuperM
arioGalaxy2andPokemonGoshouldbeinthetopfive.PokemonGowast
hefirstmajorgametouseAugmentedReality(AR).Millionsofgamersra
naroundtheworld'sstreetsinsearchofmythical,cutePokemoncreatur
es.Wired.comsaidthereweresomanycreativegamesinthe2010s.Man
yofthem"reshapedtheentirevideogamelandscape".Wired.cominclud
ed"justthose[games]thatmadethemostsizable,culture-shiftingimp
act".Fortnitewastop"becauseit'soneoftheonlygamesofthedecadetot
ruly[enter]popculture".Fortniteisnowmorepopularthanmanysports.
TheannualFortniteWorldCuptakesplaceinNewYorkatthehomeoftheU
StennisOpen.Atotalof$30millionwenttothewinnersin2019.Wiredsai
d:"Itsinfluenceisjuststartingtoshowitstruescope."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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