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into • connected • role playing
escapism • almost like
  1. This is playing tennis.
  2. The club does a lot of to teach children about drugs.
  3. Many people use books and movies for .
  4. His job is closely to video production.
  5. My son is at an age when he is putting everything in his mouth.
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290 Video Games
Eli talks about her love of video games.

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Are you into video games?

If you are 'into' something it is your hobby and you really like to do it. Notice the following:

  1. I have been really into classical music recently.
  2. He got into golf last summer.

close connected

Animation is close connected to computer games.

If one thing is 'close connected' to another there is a relationship between the two things or they are similar in many ways. It is actually more grammatically correct to say 'closely connected.' Notice the following:

  1. In the past the church was closely connected to the government.
  2. Playing music is closely connected to dancing.

role playing

I play Final Fantasy, which is a role playing game.

When you 'role play' you take on the personality of another character or you create your own character different from yourself. Notice the following:

  1. We did a lot of role playing in theater class at school.
  2. The therapist uses role playing to help people solve their problems.


The nice thing about computer games is that it's almost escapism.

'Escapism' is escaping from reality through entertainment or role playing. Notice the following:

  1. He tried many methods of escapism when he was really sad.
  2. Running is my escapism.

almost like

Playing SIM City is almost like playing doll houses.

'Almost like' is the same as 'similar to.' These two activities have a lot in common. Notice the following:

  1. When you play some of these games it's almost like you are in the real situation.
  2. It was almost like she didn't want to come with us.