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1.原文

It may seem like a nightmare for some people.

But for others, it sounds like a fun game.

Escape Rooms are becoming a popular form of group entertainment in the United States.

A story by the business website MarketWatch explains that Escape Room games began in Asia about 10 years ago.

In 2012, they started opening in the U.S.

Now, according to the website Escape Room Directory, you can go to an Escape Room location in nearly every U.S. state, not to mention Australia, Asia, the Middle East, and most of Europe.

The idea is simple.

Players enter a room with a theme.

It could be a Sherlock Holmes mystery or something like the movie series “Mission Impossible.”

The door locks behind them.

The players then have 60 minutes to solve a series of puzzles that will help them find a key that unlocks the door.

VOA visited an escape room “lounge” in Washington, D.C.

One of the rooms is in the theme of the Oval Office at the White House.

That is the well-known room where the president works and holds meetings.

The space is decorated to look like the real Oval Office.

It even has the presidential seal woven into the rug.

When the clock starts and the door locks, anything inside the room can be a clue. Players look through the desk, look at the paintings on the wall, even see if an old-fashioned typewriter might help.

The goal is to make it out of the room before time runs out.

There are hidden messages that can only be seen under a special light.

By one estimate, there are about 600 Escape Rooms in the U.S.

Timothy Smith runs the Escape Lounge in Washington.

When he opened his business, there were two others in the area.

Now there are at least 12. The Escape Room games cost about $15 per player.

Most of the time, players come in groups, but sometimes strangers work together.

In this case, eight players cooperated to find the key.

If a team is having trouble or getting off track, the game master who is watching on a video screen can call in to offer some advice or a clue.

The phone on the Oval Office desk rings, and the game master asks, “Would you guys like a clue?”

The tip seems to help, and the group is able to solve the puzzle, find the key and leave the room with seven minutes to spare.

It turns out, they did well.

Smith said fewer than 50 percent of the players escape the room.

One of the players was Demetrios Psihopaidas.

He said the game was stressful and the clues were hard to figure out.

“I was a little worried that we were not going to find all the clues and we weren’t going to get out in time,” he said.

Smith said the games are fun because they are challenging.

“’Escape the Oval Office’ is not an easy game.

I think this game is popular because it gives an individual a chance to be a detective or to be a James Bond.”

2.音韻分析

It may seem like a nightmare for some people.

But for others, it sounds like^a fun game.

Escape Rooms are becoming a popular form of group entertainment in the United States.

A story by the business website MarketWatch explains that Escape Room games began in Asia about 10 years ago.

In 2012, they started opening in the U.S.

Now, according to the website Escape Room Directory, you can go to an Escape Room location in nearly every U.S. state, not to mention Australia, Asia, the Middle East, and most of Europe.

The idea is simple.

Players enter a room with a theme.

It could be a Sherlock Holmes mystery or something like the movie series “Mission Impossible.”

The door locks behind them.

The players then have 60 minutes to solve a series of puzzles that^will help them find a key tha(t) unlocks the door.

VOA visited an escape room “lounge” in Washington, D.C.

One^of the rooms is^in^the theme of the Oval Office at the White House.

That is the wellknown room where the president works and holds meetings.

The space is decorated to look like the real Oval Office.

It even has the presidential seal woven into the rug.

When the clock starts and the door locks, anything inside the room can be a clue. Players look through the desk, look at the paintings on the wall, even see if an old-fashioned typewriter might help.

The goal is to make^it^out^of the room before time runs out.

There are hidden messages that can only be seen under a special light.

By one estimate, there are about 600 Escape Rooms in the U.S.

Timothy Smith runs the Escape Lounge in Washington.

When he opened his business, there were two others in the area.

Now there are at least 12. The Escape Room games cost about $15 per player.

Most of the time, players come in groups, but sometimes strangers work together.

In this case, eight players cooperated to find the key.

If a team is having trouble or getting off track, the game master who is watching on^a video screen can call^in to offer some advice or a clue.

The phone on the Oval Office desk rings, and the game master asks, “Would you guys like a clue?”

The tip seems to help, and the group is able to solve the puzzle, find the key and leave the room with seven minutes to spare.

It turns out, they did well.

Smith said fewer than 50 percent of the players escape the room.

One^of the players was Demetrios Psihopaidas.

He said the game was stressful and the clues were hard to figure out.

“I was a little worried tha(t) we were not going to find all the clues and we weren’t going to get out in time,” he said.

Smith said the games are fun because they are challenging.

“’Escape the Oval Office’ is not an easy game.

I think this game is popular because it gives an individual a chance to be a detective or to be a James Bond.”

3.日本語訳

悪夢だと思う人もいるだろう。

しかし、大半は楽しいゲームだと考える。

脱出ゲームは、団体で楽しめる娯楽としてアメリカで人気上昇中だ。

ビジネスのウェブサイト、MarketWatchによると、脱出ゲームはアジアで十年前に始まり、2012年からアメリカでも始まった。

脱出ゲームのウェブサイトによると、脱出ゲームはアメリカのほぼ全ての州で開催されており、オーストラリアやアジア、中東、ヨーロッパについては書かれていませんでした。

発想は簡単で、プレイヤーはあるテーマの部屋に入る。

シャーロック・ホームズやミッション・インポッシブルのような感覚を味わえる。

扉には鍵がかけられ、プレイヤーは60分以内にいくつかの謎を解いて、解錠しなくてはならない。

VOAはワシントンDCにある脱出ゲームのラウンジに訪問した。

部屋の一つはホワイトハウスの大統領執務室がテーマで、あの有名な大統領が職務をこなし、会議を開くあの有名な部屋になっている。

本物の大統領執務室が再現されている。

それは大統領の印章さえ絨毯に織り込まれている。

時計が動き出し、鍵をかけられると、部屋の中にあるものは全て手がかりになりえる。

プレイヤーは机の中を探し、壁に描かれた絵を観察したり、時には古臭いタイプライターもヒントになる。

時間切れになる前に脱出するのがクリア条件である。

特別な光を当てなければ見えない隠されたメッセージもある。

推定では、アメリカには600もの脱出ゲームがある。

ティモシー・スミスはワシントンにある脱出ゲームを経営しており、彼がこの事業を始めた時には、その地域には他に2箇所しかなかったが、今では12箇所に増えている。

脱出ゲームは一人当たり15ドルで参加することができる。

大抵は、グループで来て参加することが多いが、時には、初対面の人とチームを組むことがある。

その場合は8人で協力して鍵を探す。

もし何か問題が起こったり、脱線してしまうと、部屋の映像を見ているゲームマスターが助言をしたり、手がかりを与えてくれる。

大統領執務室の電話が鳴り、ゲームマスターが「手がかりはいりますか」と尋ねる。

ヒントが手助けとなり、チームが謎を解き、鍵を見つけ、時間切れ7分前に部屋を脱出する。

脱出できたら、それはよくやったほうである。

スミスによれば、脱出ゲームをクリアできたのは、50%以下だ。

プレイヤーの中にデミトリアス・サイホペイダスがいて、彼によると、このゲームは精神的に疲れ、手がかりを探すのも一苦労である。

「手がかりを時間内に見つけることができず、部屋から時間内に出られないのではないかという不安がありました。」と彼は言う。

スミスはこのゲームは困難だがやりがいがあり、楽しいゲームになっていると言う。

「『大統領執務室からの脱出』は簡単なゲームではありません。このゲームが人気なのは、探偵やジェームズ・ボンドになれるチャンスがあるからだと思います。」

4.語彙、表現

・nightmare:悪夢  

・puzzle:謎 

・seal:公式の印、シール

・rug:絨毯

・off track:脱線 

・tip:ヒント 

・challenging:困難だがやりがいのあること 

・detective:探偵