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Virtual Reality (VR) is becoming more popular every year. In the 2010s, new types of virtual reality headsets were made. These new headsets were much better than anything in the past. One of the first companies to create this modern version of VR was Oculus. Oculus made headsets that were much better than anything that had been seen before. Their headsets let people experience a new level of virtual reality. In 2014, Oculus was bought by Facebook. At the time, many VR users were worried about this. However, Oculus has become more popular than ever. Oculus recently released the Oculus Quest 2 for $350. This is much cheaper than other VR headsets. They can often cost up to $1000.

The Oculus Quest 2 is the most popular VR headset. It is high quality and cheap. This means people who weren’t VR fans before, are more likely to try VR. Many people think VR is the future of gaming and other things. VR headsets are mostly used for games. They can also be used to visit other places by feeling like you are there. Some apps even allow people to have VR meetings. There are many different ways that VR can be used in the future. However, people don’t like everything that Facebook has done since they bought Oculus. Facebook recently started to make users connect their Facebook accounts to their Oculus headsets. This angered many customers. Customers can’t use their headsets without a Facebook account.

Facebook has now said that it will be putting advertisements in games. This has made many users incredibly angry. They are angry because Facebook wants to put ads in games that users have paid for. Many users think this is unacceptable. They think that if they pay for a game, there shouldn’t be any ads. People are also angry because they don’t want ads in VR. They think Facebook and other companies already put ads in too many places. They don’t want the virtual world to also be filled with them. The anger was so big that the first game company to include ads in their game quickly changed the decision. The CEO said they won’t include ads in their games that cost money. Facebook said it will keep going with its plans. However, it won’t be easy to win over VR users.

Difficult words

Virtual Reality (n): A computer made experience that covers your eyes to make you feel like you are in a new environment.

Modern (adj): From a present or recent time.

Quality (n): The standard of something, how it is.

Advertisement (n): Something made to let people know about it, usually so people can buy a product.

Unacceptable (adj): Not okay, not acceptable.

Activities

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Match the Synonym!

 1. Virtual Reality A. Present
 2. Modern B. Commercial
 3. Quality C. Not okay.
 4. Advertisement D. Computer experience.
 5. Unacceptable E. Standard

True or False?

1. VR has becoming less popular every year. T / F

2. Facebook has never been interested in VR. T / F

3. Facebook will now have ads in VR games. T / F

4. People are very angry about the ads in VR games. T / F

5. A VR game company said they will continue to have ads in games. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. popular / Virtual Reality / is / becoming / more

2. than / VR headsets / This / is / other / much / cheaper

3. mostly / for / VR headsets / are / games / used

4. many / This / angered / customers

5. unacceptable / this / Many / is / think / users

Listening and Vocabulary

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American English Audio:

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Virtual Reality (VR) is becoming more (1)_________ every year. In the 2010s, new types of virtual reality headsets were made. These new headsets were much better than anything in the past. One of the first companies to create this modern version of VR was Oculus. Oculus made headsets that were much better than anything that had been seen before. Their headsets let people experience a new level of virtual reality. In 2014, Oculus was bought by Facebook. At the time, many VR users were worried about this. However, Oculus has become more popular than ever. Oculus recently released the Oculus Quest 2 for $350. This is much cheaper than other VR (2)___________. They can often cost up to $1000.

The Oculus Quest 2 is the most popular VR headset. It is high quality and cheap. This means people who weren’t VR (3)______ before, are more likely to try VR. Many people think VR is the future of gaming and other things. VR headsets are mostly used for games. They can also be used to visit other places by feeling like you are there. Some apps even allow people to have VR meetings. There are many different ways that VR can be used in the future. However, people don’t like everything that Facebook has done since they bought Oculus. Facebook recently started to make users (4)_________ their Facebook accounts to their Oculus headsets. This angered many customers. Customers can’t use their headsets without a Facebook account.

Facebook has now said that it will be putting advertisements in games. This has made many users (5)_____________ angry. They are angry because Facebook wants to put ads in games that users have paid for. Many users think this is unacceptable. They think that if they pay for a game, there shouldn’t be any ads. People are also angry because they don’t want ads in VR. They think Facebook and other companies already put ads in too many places. They don’t want the virtual world to also be filled with them. The anger was so big that the first game company to include ads in their game (6)_________ changed the decision. The CEO said they won’t include ads in their games that cost money. Facebook said it will keep going with its plans. However, it won’t be easy to win over VR users.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you think of this story?
4. Have you ever used VR?
5. Is VR popular in your country?
6. Have you ever heard of the company Oculus?
7. Do you play video games?
8. Do you think VR is the future of gaming?
9. How could VR be used in daily life?
10. Do you think VR would be good for work meetings?
11. Have you seen the film Ready Player One?
12. Do you think there are too many advertisements on the internet?
13. Have you ever noticed ‘review bombing’ online before?
14. Is it right for people to ‘review bomb’ products when they are angry at the company?
15. Would you mind seeing ads when playing games in VR?
16. Do you think fewer people will buy Oculus products if the games have ads?
17. Should games that cost money have ads?
18. Do you think this is a good decision by Facebook?
19. Would you be upset if Facebook bought one of your favourite product’s company?
20. Do you think VR is a good way to travel, especially during the pandemic?