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Gaming is often seen as an unsociable and solitary pursuit. But fans of Pokémon GO claim the augmented reality craze - which since its launch last week has had users chasing around their neighborhoods in pursuit of fictional creatures - has given rise to so many chance meetings between strangers that people have started using it as a dating app.

通常来说,人们认为玩游戏是个离群索居的爱好。但是“口袋妖怪”的粉丝称,运用到增强现实技术的这款手游自上周发行以来在用户间掀起一阵风潮,给陌生人之间创造了诸多的见面机会,很多粉丝开始把它用作约会软件。在这款手游中,用户们在他们的社区里四处搜寻虚拟小精灵。

Numerous users have shared their stories of romance spurred by the app - claiming that they were either asked out while playing the game or invited on a Pokémon GO date with their potential love interest. It has also proved a hit as a dating activity among existing couples and as a new way of making friends.

许多用户都分享了玩“口袋妖怪”的浪漫故事。他们说,这个游戏不仅能让他们走出家门而且也让他们与同玩“口袋妖怪”的暧昧对象有了约会的机会。同时,这个游戏也成为夫妻情侣间约会时的一项新活动以及交朋友的新途径。

Such is the popularity of the game - which has already been installed on more Android devices than dating app Tinder - that some fans are using it to replace movie nights, giving rise to the phrase 'Pokémon GO and chill', adapted from 'Netflix and chill'.

“口袋妖怪”大受欢迎,在安卓设备上的下载量已超过约会软件Tinder的下载量。如今一些粉丝选择玩“口袋妖怪”而不是晚上去看电影。现在人们不再说“看完片滚床单(Netflix and chill)”而是“玩完‘口袋妖怪’滚床单”。

Twitter is full of stories of people being asked out on dates while out playing the game - which is based in the real world with graphics superimposed and requires users to walk around the streets trying to 'catch' Pokémon characters that appear on their screens.

推特上有许多人们因“口袋妖怪”而结缘的故事。“口袋妖怪”是一款结合现实世界和虚拟图像的游戏。玩这款游戏时人们得拿着手机走上街头,捕捉出现在他们屏幕上的宠物小精灵。

A popular dating hotspot for fans of the game are 'PokéStops' - real world locations that are marked on the game map where users linger to get 'Poké Balls' and eggs that hatch into Pokémon.

游戏中一处大热的约会点是“精灵补给站”——游戏地图上标注的真实地点。用户在补给站收集用于孵化精灵的精灵球和精灵蛋。

Craigslist has numerous messages from people trying to contact people they met while playing the game. The Chicago Tribune reported that it has led to 'dozens of Craigslist missed connections'.

克雷格列表网站上有大量相关信息,来自于这款游戏中想要和其他玩家取得联系的用户。《芝加哥论坛报》报道称,这些突然涌现的交友信息使克雷格列表网站上大量信息“失联”。

A Reddit post entitled 'Pokémon GO got me a date' tells the story of a gamer who met a woman after she asked: 'Hey, are you playing Pokemon Go too?'

红迪网上的一名用户发表了一篇题为“‘口袋妖怪’给了我一次约会”的文章分享他的浪漫故事。他写道,他碰到一个姑娘,她问他:“嘿,你也玩‘口袋妖怪’吗?”

After chatting about the game they agreed to meet the following day to play and go on a date.

于是,他们聊了聊这款游戏,并且两人约定第二天一起出去玩“口袋妖怪”顺便再约个会。

One Twitter user, 'Tipsy Gypsy', from Las Vegas, Nevada, wrote: 'Who needs tinder when I just got asked out on a date to go play #PokémonGO by a guy I met in a park searching for pokéstops [sic]'.

来自内华达州拉斯维加斯的推特用户Tipsy Gypsy写道:“我在公园里搜寻精灵补给站时遇到的一个帅哥约我出去玩‘口袋妖怪’ ,谁还想用Tinder啊?”

Kali, 19, from Seattle, wrote on Twitter: 'Just had a guy ask if I was playing Pokémon Go and he immediately asked me out LMAO [sic]'.

19岁的西雅图女孩卡莉在推特上写道:“刚刚有个帅哥问我是不是在玩‘口袋妖怪’,而且立即就约我出去玩,太逗了(LMAO)!"

Todd Schlickbernd, a video producer from Washington, hailed the game the 'easiest ice breaker ever'.

托德•斯奇里克伯德是华盛顿的一位影视制作人,他称赞这款游戏为“史上最简易的破冰方式”。

He wrote: 'Should totally wrap Pokémon GO in a dating app. Easiest ice breaker ever. And you don't even have to pick a spot, just, who we catchin'? '

他写道:“完全应该把‘口袋妖怪’归为约会软件。它是有史以来最简易的破冰方式。你甚至都不用挑选约会地点,只用问,我们来抓哪一只?”

Another user from Elk Grove, California, writing under the name 'Mic Dog', tweeted: 'Just went out for over an hour at a park at night. Was approached by a guy who asked if I was playing Pokemon Go. Ended up hanging with [sic]'.

加利福尼亚州埃尔克格罗夫的网友“麦克狗”发推称:“我晚上只去公园晃了一个多小时,就有一个男人过来搭讪问我是不是在玩‘口袋妖怪’。最后我们一起愉快地玩耍了。”

The game is also being used by pre-existing couples as a way of spending time together.

这款游戏也被夫妻和情侣用来共度时光。

One woman said her boyfriend used it as a way of getting her out of the house to propose.

一位女士称,她的男友用这款游戏让她走出家门并向她求婚。

Amanda Jane wrote on Twitter: 'To get me out of the house so he could propose, he asked if I wanted to go play #PokémonGO at the park.'

这位名叫阿曼达•简的女士在推特上这样写道:“他问我想不想去公园里玩‘口袋妖怪’,就这样让我出了门,然后他就向我求婚了。”

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