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Pokemon Go’ remains popular despite passing heyday of launch
PORTLAND, MAINE – Few games have enjoyed *1 both the meteoric rise — and subsequent fall — in *2 popularity as “Pokemon Go.”


But the game remains profitable, and people are still playing even if they aren’t the same masses that roamed parks last summer with eyes glued to smartphones, looking for *3 elusive virtual monsters to appear right in front of them.


“It kind of brings people together to have a conversation about these little cartoon characters that we’re all in love with,” said Brian Swain, a sales representative for Rockstar energy drink who has stuck with “Pokemon Go” since it launched last July.

>私たちみんなが大好きなキャラクターについて集まって話すようになったのはポケモンGOのおかげですよ、とBrian Swainは言う。

While past its heyday last summer, when some small businesses and landmarks had complained of *4 disruptive crowds, the game has seen renewed interest *5 after last month’s addition of 80 Pokemon and in-game events set *6 around holidays like Halloween and soon, Easter.


The updates addressed *7 complaints about a lack of updates that contributed to a drop in monthly active users, according to app market analyst Apptopia.


“Over time, the enthusiasm has waned, but there’s still quite a bit of people playing it,” said Joost van Dreunen, the CEO and founder of SuperData Research in New York. “It raises the question: Was it a fad, a thing we only did one time for one game, or is it going to hold people’s attention longer?”



The game generated $1 billion in revenue *8 as of January, and Niantic CEO John Hanke insists “Pokemon Go” is no passing fad.

 >1月時点で$1,000,000,000の売り上げを生み出した。Niantic CEOのJohnは、ポケモンGoは消えゆく一発屋ではない、と主張する。


The game — whose servers had difficulty handling traffic last summer — will fulfill long-promised additions of sought-after *9 “legendary” Pokemon and the ability for players to battle and trade with each other, he said.



“What happened last summer was really kind of strange, where ‘Pokemon Go’ spiraled out of control to this level of cultural awareness that nobody expected, certainly not us,” Hanke said. The “extremely successful” game now has usage “at a more normal level,” he said.



The hard-to-replicate game still has an enviable *10 following  in Japan, China, Korea as well as North America, Dreunen said.



Since the game’s release, Dreunen said, the $40.6 billion worldwide mobile game industry has become flooded, and investment may shift to mobile games that rely on well-loved characters and provide frequent updates.



As spring approaches, there are signs of new life. Milwaukee County has prepared for “Pokemon Go” and future augmented-reality games by requiring game developers to obtain a permit to get players into parks.


In Maine, members of the “Pokemon Go” 207 Facebook group have noticed more screenshots from players taking up the game again.



Nick Fournier, a 21-year-old media studies student at the University of Southern Maine, said he’s glad the company has finally begun listening to players’ complaints. He described last summer as a phenomenon brought on by the game’s nostalgia and the technology’s novelty that he doesn’t expect to see again.



Erin Morrison, a 23-year-old schoolteacher living in Greene, Maine, said she has kept playing through a dreary winter by driving to places she knew had multiple spots to catch Pokemon.



“With the new update, it’s been so awesome,” she said. “I’m seeing so many people coming back out.”




*1:enjoy 享受する

*2:in ~において、~の点で

*3:look for A to do「Aが~するのを探す」


*5:renewed interest「新たな興味関心」



*8:in ~において、~の点で

*9:←seek after「~を探す」の過去分詞


天才格闘家 Zlatan Ibrahimovic!


Ibrahimovic took REVENGE on Tyrone Mings VERY BADLY!!


From different angle, you see different things.「角度によって、違うものが見える」

In my opinion「私の意見では」

to stamp on Ibrahimovic「Ibrahimovicを踏んづける」

And watch this. This is, yes.... That is ... conduct. A red card thing「見て下さい。これ...。...な行為です。レッドカードものです」

Without a doubt, Ibramovic decided to ...「Ibrahimovicが~しようとしたのは疑いがない」



'Tyrone Mings Jumped Into Me!' - Zlatan Ibrahimovic


With the stamp, I don't see it.  Just felt somthing hit me behind my neck. And, uh, with the elbow...I see it clearly. I jumped up, jumped high, protect myself, same time go for the ball, and he jumps into my elbow, so, hopefully, he didn't get injured or something because my intention was not to do injure... Opposite. I wanted to protect myself to go for the ball and unlucky, he jumped into my elbow. But this happens many times, so, hopefully he didn't feel any injured. 



So, it's not the case that you were angry because he stamped on you and you were retaliating. That's not what happened? 



Listen, I didn't even know he stamp me in the head, so, in that moment, so, I didn't even see the replays. So, if it was him, or if it was me, there is nothing that I think about, because all the defenders try to stop you and me, as a striker, I try to score goals. 



What did you say to him, just before, as you say, he ran into your elbow? Before the ball came in you seemed to be speaking with each other. Can you remember what you said?



Nah! You speak all the time, I don't know. Maybe I was asking if it was him, I don't know! I don't really remember. I talk a lot when I play. 




How to Use 使い方







熟語等、辞書で出てこなさそうなものは脚注(*1など)をつけます。PCではマウスをかざせば、スマホではタップすれば読めます。また、文構造的に読みにくい文には(  )をつけておきますが、記号の意味はあまり深く考えなくていいです。意味の区切り程度に思ってください。読むときは文構造や文法よりも「内容」に集中しましょう。





If S should do ... / If S were to do ...

Should S do ... / Were S to do ... のように倒置しても意味は同じ)



● If he should come, I would let you know at once.

 Should he come, I would let you know at once. 



If Japan were to win the World Cup, I would give you one million yen.




以下の場合(時・条件の副詞節)は、未来を表すときも、will / would は使わない。






until (/ till)(~するまで)

as soon as(~するとすぐに)







● I don't know when he'll come back.



● I don't know if he will come back soon.







So ... 「...も同じく」

● You are a student. So am I.

● You like One Direction. So do I.

● I can speak Spanish. So can my sister.

● You went to the concert. So did we.


Neither ... 「...も同じく~ない」

● You can't eat sashimi. Neither can I.

● You don't like soccer. Neither do I.

● You're not a student. Neither am I.