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StreetWars: a dangerous game

A little girl gets sprayed with a water gun while playing in Pemberton Historical Park in Salisbury, Maryland.一名小女孩在美國馬里蘭州索爾斯堡的潘伯頓歷史公園玩耍時,被水槍噴得濕淋淋的。 (照片:美聯社)


Londoners began a city-wide game involving role-playing last month in which strangers shoot each other with water pistols. It's just for fun, but police say it might not be so innocent.

“StreetWars” has already taken place in New York, Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Vienna.Tournament organizers describe it as: “A three-week-long, 24/7, watergun assassination tournament.

Players are handed an envelope on their “target,” including his or her name, home and work addresses, and picture. The player's job? To “assassinate” that person with a watergun.

The person who has just been assassinated hands details of his or her target to the successful “assassin.

The last person left standing after three weeks is the winner of a cash prize of around US$500 (NT$16,375).

Players may track down their target any way they see fit.

London's Metropolitan Police and the British Transport Police both issued stark warnings to players before the start of the game, with the BTP calling those taking part “irresponsible.”

A spokesman for London's Metropolitan Police said, “Some water pistols ... can look very real.”

“In addition, actions like this can result in a waste of police time.”

The BTP was advising all players with water guns not to board the London Underground trains or local overground rail services.

“The transport system is not the place for this sort of activity,” said superintendent Bob Pacey.

Drawing attention to the terrorist bombings on London's transport network in July 2005, the BTP warned that the sight of people carrying water pistols that looked like real guns could cause “genuine fear.”(AFP)


Today's Words 今天單字

1. role-playing n.

角色扮演 (jiao3 se4 ban4 yan3)

例: Some teachers like to use role-playing in their classrooms.


2. assassination n.

暗殺 (an4 sha1)

例: There have been four presidential assassinations in US history.


3. track down v. phr.

追蹤 (zhui1 zong1)

例: Did you ever track down that sweater of mine you lost?


4. stark adj.

嚴厲的 (yan2 li4 de5),明顯的 (ming2 xian3 de5)

例: Your poor grades this semester are in stark contrast to last year's excellent work.













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