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Nowadays, it is common to see young people to play videogames to entertain themselves. However, aside from its entertainment value, videogame is also useful for enhancing the player's language skills. By utilizing audio-visual and textual aspects of a videogame, a videogame player listens and reads the language displayed in it. Repeated playing of videogame adds a repetition of exposure, ensuring the newly-encountered words in videogames to be remembered easily. These three aspects help videogame players to improve their listening and reading skills. First, the audio-visual aspect of videogame helps with player's listening skill. When playing a videogame, a player must pay attention to the game characters' utterances and the expressions they give when saying it, since those may give a clue on how to interact with certain objects in the game. The utterances heard by the player may contain new words and pronunciations. Once the player is able to identify those words and pronunciations and act accordingly, his/her listening skill is improved. Then, videogame's textual aspect aids in enhancing the reading skill. This aspect is mainly divided into two elements, namely the interface element narrative element. Interface element concerns on the texts pertaining the display of game object's status and menu navigation; the narrative element is the texts relating to the storyline of the game, usually found in-game cutscene subtitles and plot-relevant in-game objects. New words can be encountered when reading such texts, and those words have to be understood in order to proceed further in the game. In addition to the two aspects mentioned above, the aspect of repetition is also important for a videogame player to familiarize him/herself to the new words encountered in the game. Normally, when a player fails to proceed further in a game he/she is playing, his/her character is returned to a checkpoint prior to taking in-game challenge. The player then woud be "forced" to take the challenge again, listening to the same utterances and expressions, and reading the same texts until he/she is able to finish the challenge succesfully. One of the signs the player is able to finish the game challenge is that he/she understands the clues given by those utterances and texts. Playing videogames is not just a matter of having fun, it is also a matter of learning and improving language skills. In order to properly complete a videogame, a player must listen to what game characters are saying, carefully read the texts in the game, and act according to the utterances and clues through trial and error. Once a player has successfully finished a videogame, he/she has familiarized him/herself in listening and reading the language encountered in the videogame.