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  • Hello and welcome to 6 Minute

  • English. I'm Neil.

  • Hello. I'm Catherine.

  • And if I say to you, Catherine,

  • fortnight, what do you think of?

  • Well, that's easy, Neil. A

  • fortnight is a period of two weeks.

  • Well, fortnight, spelt f-o-r-t-n-i-g-h-t,

  • is indeed a period of two weeks. But

  • Fortnite, spelt F-o-r-t-n-i-t-e, is an online

  • computer game that has become

  • incredibly popular in

  • a very short period of time.

  • As well as popular, it's also

  • very competitive. And you're soon going

  • to be able to make big money playing it

  • and you can even hire people to be your

  • Fortnite coach.

  • Well, before we hear a little more

  • about this topic, it's time for our quiz.

  • These days we play computer games on

  • our phones, we can hold them in our

  • hands. In 1950 Bertie the Brain

  • was the name of one of the very

  • first computer games. It played a simple

  • game of noughts and crosses, also called

  • tic-tac-toe. But how tall was this

  • computer? Was it...

  • a) one metre tall; b) about four metres tall or

  • c) about ten metres tall?

  • Well, if it was the 1950s,

  • computers were huge, so I'm going to go

  • for ten metres.

  • OK. Well, we'll find out if you're right

  • at the end of the programme. eSports or

  • computer games competitions are now a

  • thing. In some markets they are huge and

  • they are even discussing including

  • them in the Olympic Games. Kyle

  • Jackson is a 13-year-old gamer who's

  • been asked to join a team. How long does

  • he say he's been playing video games?

  • I've played video games all

  • my life, basically. I started playing

  • competitively when I was around nine or

  • ten. I got into like Halo, Call of Duty,

  • games like that. And I just...

  • I realised that I could probably

  • like go to a pro (professional) level, if

  • I keep playing at the level I am.

  • He said that he's been playing

  • computer games all his life. Now that

  • might be a little exaggeration, but he's

  • probably been playing them ever since he

  • can remember. When he was nine or ten

  • he started playing competitively, which

  • means he started playing

  • in competitions against other people.

  • He talks about a number of games

  • that he got into. This is a good

  • expression. If you are into something

  • you are very interested in it and to get into

  • something describes the process of

  • becoming interested in that thing.

  • In Kyle's case, it was computer

  • games and he got so good that he's

  • thinking about playing at a professional

  • level. Doing something as a professional

  • means that it's more than a hobby or

  • pastime. It's something someone

  • pays you to do because you are really

  • good at it.

  • George Yao is a former gaming

  • champion who is now Director of Media

  • of Team Secret.

  • Team Secret are like a regular sports

  • team. They have a group of players who

  • play matches and competitions against

  • other teams. Except these are not regular

  • sports. These are eSports and they are

  • big business. Here's George Yao.

  • It's becoming a multi-billion-dollar industry:

  • just games, production

  • of games, publishing of games and the

  • eSports scene. So it's not just one thing

  • now, it's a whole industry.

  • So George Yao says that online

  • gaming is becoming a multi-billion-dollar

  • industry. We usually think of industry as

  • factories and manufacturing. But it can

  • also apply to other areas as well that

  • involve a lot of different elements that

  • come together to make a business.

  • Different elements that he mentions

  • as part of this industry are creating

  • games, publishing games and the eSports

  • scene. The word here scene here refers to

  • the world of eSports: the events, the

  • competitions and the players. And many

  • people want to be part of that scene.

  • Right, now, let's get the answer

  • to our quiz question about the size of that

  • 1950s computer game. Was it...

  • a) one metre tall; b) four metres tall or

  • c) ten metres tall?

  • What did you say, Catherine?

  • I went for ten metres, Neil.

  • Well, unfortunately it was four metres.

  • Still quite big though - imagine

  • you couldn't get those in your pocket,

  • could you?

  • I'd rather not! But I would like to

  • review today's vocabulary.

  • We started off with the word

  • for a period of two weeks - a fortnight.

  • But with a different spelling, Fortnite is

  • also a very popular video game.

  • Multi-player video game

  • competitions which people pay to go and

  • watch are known as eSports.

  • Playing against other people is

  • playing competitively. Do you like to play

  • multi-player video games, Catherine?

  • I've never really got into them

  • even though I've tried one or two. And

  • that was one of our other expressions,

  • to get into something - to become really

  • interested in something.

  • Same here, I enjoy playing a little

  • bit but I could never be a professional.

  • I couldn't get paid to do it as a job.

  • Of course not, you're already a

  • professional broadcaster, Neil.

  • An area of business that is made up of

  • different parts can be described as an

  • industry. The video game industry is a

  • multi-billion-dollar business. And we also

  • talk about, for example, the fashion

  • industry and the movie industry.

  • And finally there was the word

  • scene. This noun is used to describe

  • the world of a particular activity.

  • So the eSport scene, for

  • example, is the world of eSports. The

  • games, the teams, the competitions,

  • the audiences. It's all part of the scene

  • Well, that's all from the 6 Minute

  • English scene today. Do join us again, but

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  • Thanks for joining us and goodbye.

  • Goodbye!

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    Evangeline posted on 2018/06/25
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