Ingress, the Augmented Reality RPG

I’ve always enjoyed role-playing games.  When I was a kid and teenager, I’d play them on Sega Game Gear and traditional paper and dice.  When I was in university, I played on a MUD.  When I was single in Japan, I played an MMORPG.  But now, we have a totally new kind of RPG, augmented reality.

These days, I don’t have time to play games that involve a lot of time and effort to play.  When I discovered Ingress, I thought that the concept was quite interesting.  There are two factions, the Enlightened and the Resistance.  The Enlightened are fighting to support the aliens who want to help us go further in our evolution.  The Resistance believe they just want to control our minds.  There are portals everywhere.  Portals are usually landmarks, public art, and so on.  There are more around densely populated areas or busy areas, and not so many in less busy areas.  Where I live, there aren’t many portals, but we can submit locations to open new ones.  Anyway, you want to make sure portals are on your side so you can link them together and create a kind of coverage area that collects Mind Units.  These Mind Units are what are used to keep score.  Here’s a screenshot of my area with a single Enlightened portal.

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The circled arrow is my position, while the portal is toward the top.  As you can see, there are streets marked out.  This game was created by Google, and they obviously use a kind of overlay with Google Maps.  All the roads are already there, so the map is already made for the game.  This game is played worldwide

I’m only level 1, but I’ll be getting up to level 2 very soon.  I’m not sure how long I’ll play this, but I’ll see.  I have a lot of work to do.  I joined the Enlightened, and there’s one portal nearby.  However, there are several Resistance portals in my area, and they completely cover the Shonandai station area.  I guess I’ll have to try create some local portals.  I also need to advance in levels to have any hope of switching over any existing portals.  We’ll see how it goes.

Anyone else play it?