In this animation, Gabriel wins six tickets to the national basketball finals for himself and his friends. At the same time, Tony comes across a mummy themed ‘shoot-em-up’ game on the internet and becomes hooked. He finds himself so obsessed with the game that he pretends to be sick so that he can stay at home and play uninterrupted. When Akira tries to help she ends up hooked too. Their obsessive behaviour leads to them missing the basketball finals.
Meanwhile, Gabriel, Monica, Lara and Deon are having a great time at the game. Sad that their friends didn't come to the game, the group show Akira and Tony what they missed out on. Devastated, the pair realise how obsessive their internet gaming has become and promise to spend their time more constructively from now on.
In pairs, students can role-play the situation with Akira and Tony where Akira tries to talk to Tony about his excessive use of the internet. What would they have said and done in a similar situation? How could Akira have handled the incident differently? After the role-play, students could then produce a leaflet outlining the qualities they have identified that make a good friend.
This clip is suitable for teaching Modern Studies/PSHE/PDE at Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 2nd and 3rd Level in Scotland.