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Canberra is not as it seems

By Pestiness - 7 January 2014 40

ingress poster

…for many reasons.

Canberra is being over-run by the resistance. We are an enlightened city, full of enlightened people (mostly), but the ‘intel map’ is depicting that this is not the case. The enlightened seem to be losing the battle. We need more help!

If you’re over 16 and based in the Australian Capital Territory, have an android phone, a reasonable data plan, a need to get out and about to explore and maybe make new friends, get in touch with our community!

email: canberra.enlightened@gmail.com

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More info:

‘Ingress’ is an augmented reality game that is (currently) played on android-based mobile phones. The enlightened faction have training members available in each area of Canberra.
While the game may sound or seem complicated, it doesn’t take much to get into – especially with the help of our friendly, patient and encouraging agents.

I struggled to put this post into a riot-act category. It fits into SO many: entertainment – sport – technology – sight-seeing – art appreciation – nature – travel – socialising. I’ve tried to explain why below.

Ingress gives players the opportunity to be:

social (or not!) – we have faction and cross-faction meetups, drinks, bbqs, training days, coordinated exercises, there’s even an ingress ‘olympics’! You can choose to play ‘lone-ranger’ and go it alone, or you may even prefer an enigmatic style, revelling in anonymity. Some players have become friends with agents on both factions. Some have not. Some players are partners – even families play! Regardless, the interaction (or the choice to not interact) is always fun!

competitive (or not!) – while some players are drawn to ingress for the social aspects, or simply to quell boredom, there are some who are hard-core gamer types intent on smashing opponent portals (or even portals belonging to specific rivals) and covering their vicinity in a field of their faction’s colour. Some players get kicks from helping other players ‘level’ or accomplish goals (whether these goals be huge fields of colour, or field ‘art’). Others are keen to ‘unlock achievements’ (like see how long they can keep a portal for, or top how many kms you’ve walked in a week).

fit (or not) – many portals are in walking distance to where you are right now. Playing ingress is a great way to go for a walk, jog, cycle your way around the nation’s capital and beyond. Many portals can be driven to, while some require a bit of a hike (or perhaps a dirtbike!) to access. You can even submit your own portals.

explorers – how well do you know your city? There are so many amazing places, cultural icons, viewpoints, natural and human-made locations that should be explored! You’ll see things you’ve never even noticed just because they are portals. Ingress provides great opportunity to travel abroad. There are portals on every continent of the globe. There are even portals in New Zealand!

less bored – many agents play during the course of their day-to-day routines (picking kids up from school, going to the shops for milk, commuting, dining out, exercising etc). Some have purchased battery packs for their phones so they can prolong their ingressing sessions. Some play sporadically, some seem to play all the time! You control when you play, how long you play for, how you play. Through ingress, you’re bound to pick up a new – and rather different – interest.

balanced – playing for the enlightened will help balance the scourge of the resistance in Canberra. There has been a large influx of blue agents and it would be a lot more fun to play in a more balanced team environment. So if you’re keen to support the current underdogs (and not just choose the ingress ‘default’ faction when you’ve completed training), join the enlightened.

Regardless of playing style, Ingress has attracted people from all types of backgrounds and interests and is played across the world. Here in Canberra, some of our top-level players include doctors, nurses, public servants, housewives, film producers, mechanics, gym instructors, public servants, data engineers, students, retirees, public servants…

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Why I play:

I play when I feel like it. I’m part of a community. I’ve travelled abroad and met up with members of the Paris Ingress community (both factions) and played with groups in London. I can play in teams, or go it alone. It has taken me to weird and wonderful locations on searches for portals (even locally! Some places I wouldn’t have even known existed!). I have met some brilliant people. I enjoy the dynamic nature of the game and the strategic elements, but sometimes… I just like blowing stuff up.

Besides, green is my favourite colour and our agents are much better looking.

What’s Your opinion?


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40 Responses to
Canberra is not as it seems
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Solidarity 4:18 pm
07 Jan 14
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I like to keep my computers and my outside seperate.

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Pestiness 4:55 pm
07 Jan 14
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Solidarity said :

I like to keep my computers and my outside seperate.

lol… spoken as a true nerd.

Conversation when I tried to recruit my bro:

Me: ‘it’s a great nerd game! You go outside and…’
Him: ‘stop right there!’

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Gungahlin Al 6:21 pm
07 Jan 14
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It’s a great game, addictive even.
And it’s a great way to meet lots of interesting people from all walks.
I’ve walked and ridden so many kilometres since I started playing, and gotten to know far more about this city. There might be an underlying profit driver from Google behind the game, but I think the benefits really put the balance in favour of the players.
Helps that I chose the right team too – Enlightened.
“Resistance” might sound sexy to some, but their mantra is just wrong.

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Tim33 8:43 pm
07 Jan 14
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The whole mantra and explanation reminds me of a typical psychotic delusion. Wouldn’t want to get into it then start believing it.

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Tim33 8:50 pm
07 Jan 14
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Actually bugger it, it looks pretty good I’m in. A good excuse for a walk, maybe the excuse to beat down and take the phone off the opposing team too. (is that allowed?)

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Mordd 9:21 pm
07 Jan 14
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I’m intrigued but you don’t really make clear at all what the actual gameplay involves other than going to real places augmented with virtual information – that’s as much as I can get from reading this article. i tried the website but that’s even less useful than this article is at explaining *how* you actually play the game or *what* you actually do – for example what are portals, how are they setup/maintained/attacked/etc… lots of detail missing from this article.

I’d download it to check it out…. but I only have an iPhone (it was free gift from a friend upgrading) so alas it appears I am locked out of this for the time being, do us a favour though and update us when you add iOS support and if you could write up some actual detail of what gameplay can involve that would be even better.

Thanks for introducing us to this idea, await your response.

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neanderthalsis 9:30 pm
07 Jan 14
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Tim33 said :

The whole mantra and explanation reminds me of a typical psychotic delusion. Wouldn’t want to get into it then start believing it.

Once upon a time people just joined the Children of God or the Scientologists…

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poetix 9:36 pm
07 Jan 14
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‘You’ll see things you’ve never even noticed just because they are portals.’

I don’t want to notice the world because of screen based games. That strikes me as incredibly sad. I suppose I just don’t understand the attraction, and have no interest in trying to.

Glad you are having fun though. Each to his or her own. (Even those gaming ‘housewives’.)

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Holden Caulfield 9:42 pm
07 Jan 14
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“If you’re over 16 and based in the Australian Capital Territory, have an android phone…”

http://i1.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/newsfeed/000/349/990/304.gif

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Masquara 11:24 pm
07 Jan 14
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I wonder what the cult agenda is here …

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Skidbladnir 1:01 am
08 Jan 14
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Hello, Pestiness.

You are my most reliable of opponents, and I hate you for this post.
*laughs evilly*

For the rest of you: Ingress is basically nerd orienteering meets capture the flag. Or competitive spatial geometry with inventory management and bragging rights.
More fun than it sounds, and an excuse to get fit/have some thinking walks during the day. You’ll meet nice people, interesting people, and everyday people, all while being led to local artworks you’d never known about, or maybe just never noticed even though you see them everyday.

But some people take it _way too seriously_.

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Dogen 7:00 am
08 Jan 14
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For more of a technical explanation of game play try http://decodeingress.me Mordd.

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thatsnotme 10:44 am
08 Jan 14
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poetix said :

‘You’ll see things you’ve never even noticed just because they are portals.’

I don’t want to notice the world because of screen based games. That strikes me as incredibly sad. I suppose I just don’t understand the attraction, and have no interest in trying to.

Glad you are having fun though. Each to his or her own. (Even those gaming ‘housewives’.)

I think it’s less about noticing the world, and more about discovering what you didn’t even know was there. For example, some of the art that’s hidden in the back alleys and laneways around the city centre. There’s no reason for me to go into them normally, but there’s all sorts of interesting stuff in them. And because the location of portals are user contributed, you get to see what other people think is interesting in an area – there’s an opportunity to share those unique things that not many people know about.

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Agent_Q 11:08 am
08 Jan 14
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Well played, Agent Pestiness. I see you are trying to recruit unsuspecting civilians to the evil cause of the so-called “Enlightened” – but in game, known as the “slimes”. This is not just because their faction colour is green, or because of the way they often roam about Canberra in sticky masses; but because they have some pretty slimy ways of achieving their goals.

In the game’s storyline, the Resistance is fighting against mind control from outside, alien forces (“The Shapers”: mind control that has resulted in conflict between people and the detainment, disappearance and death of people around the world. We realise that if this mind control were, indeed, a force for positive change, these awful events would not have occurred; and thus, we seek to uphold and defend the best aspects of humanity: our independence, honour, egalitarianism, and ability to achieve great things in the face of terrible odds.

In real life, the Resistance in Canberra also aspire to these goals. We are the true underdogs, with almost HALF the number of active members of the so-called “Enlightened”; and yet we have held our own for almost the entirety of the last year. In addition, we have achieved much in the face of such overwhelming odds: creating the first “portal” to reach the highest level achievable, Level 8; at one point, completely eliminating all green portals in the ACT and region; and an interstate trip where some of our members made the first Level 8 portal at the top of Mount Kosciusko.

Our group also demonstrates a strong respect for women, as evidenced by one of our group members organising the first Level 8 portals created entirely by women in the region (and, my wife tells me, a delightful picnic to accompany the event!).

Our group has been recognised internationally for the creation of a real-life achievement system: our members are eligible to be awarded these medals for their achievements, and we have started to extend this system of recognition Australia-wide: https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/yourphotos?pid=5954947016745173794&oid=107833440350942817623.

We have achieved a great deal within the game, despite being far fewer in number than the “slimes,” and we have even more real-life events, challenges, and achievements planned to maximise the game’s enjoyment for all of our members.

Join the Resistance and defend humanity! Canberra is proud to have one of the best Ingress Resistance communities in the country, with significant recognition nationally and internationally, and we welcome all to join our worthy struggle. Email resistance.canberra@gmail.com for more information. :)

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Dork 11:44 am
08 Jan 14
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Installed it out of curiosity after reading this. Can’t get past the first screen, maybe my Gmail account isn’t google enough.
Maybe they’ll start taking you to McDonalds as advertising.

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