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Canberra is not as it seems

By Pestiness 7 January 2014 40

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…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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Agent_Q 6:14 pm 18 Feb 15

Gungahlin Al said :

It’s fun while everyone remembers that it’s a game.

Unfortunately, the green team in Canberra are pretty notorious for using various means to target blue players using means that are explicit breaches of the Terms of Service. Even your own post that mentions “apps” (post #19 in this thread: http://the-riotact.com/canberra-all-covered-in-slime/122287) indicates that you are yourself using software that is not permitted under the Terms of Service:

Gungahlin Al said :

There are apps available that summarise portal numbers and ownership across an area. This app typically shows that the smurfs occupy around two thirds of the portals.

As of right now, from the 864 portals of Level 4 and above, 532 are blue/smurf, and 332 are green/frogs. Importantly, there are 0 green Level 8s to 24 blue, and 42 green Level 7s to 153 blue.

The data scrapers used by Canberra greens, and the keeping and sharing private information on opposing players are more extreme violations of the TOS. Seems so many so-called Enlightened are prepared to do anything they think they can get away with – it is such a shame, really, to see green players become known as the “best cheaters” in Canberra rather than the “best players”.

After all, it’s fun while everyone remembers that it’s a game. And if you can’t play by the rules, you should ask yourself why you’re playing at all.

Gungahlin Al 2:37 pm 14 Jan 14

Varthrax said :

Mordd said :

@Pestiness – crazy question, but having thought of it im madly curious to know – if you had 2 phones (or even 2 sim cards? how does the game identify players?) could you play both sides at the same time? Does anyone do this, is it banned? What are the rules on team switching and the like? Is there a degree of spying and espionage that goes on along with the game (im hoping you say yes to this last one especially – this would appeal to me personally *evil grin*).

Not sure if this was addressed… but the answer is ‘no’. There is a strict terms of service and breaches of these, which are monitored by Niantic, will result in a ban. Plus it’s just terrrrrrrrible sportsmanship.

What Varthrax said.

There are some poor things that happen around the world with people using GPS spoofers and other such unfair tactics. But I’ve found the overwhelming majority of players of both sides prefer to play straight, as anyone getting cheaty spoils the game for everyone and leads to players leaving.

We even had someone offer to be a double agent a little while back, and it was pleasing to see the way people in my team slammed the lid on that.

See you in the trenches. And remember to choose green.

It’s fun while everyone remembers that it’s a game.

Varthrax 4:36 pm 11 Jan 14

Mordd said :

@Pestiness – crazy question, but having thought of it im madly curious to know – if you had 2 phones (or even 2 sim cards? how does the game identify players?) could you play both sides at the same time? Does anyone do this, is it banned? What are the rules on team switching and the like? Is there a degree of spying and espionage that goes on along with the game (im hoping you say yes to this last one especially – this would appeal to me personally *evil grin*).

Not sure if this was addressed… but the answer is ‘no’. There is a strict terms of service and breaches of these, which are monitored by Niantic, will result in a ban. Plus it’s just terrrrrrrrible sportsmanship.

Pestiness 11:07 am 09 Jan 14

Thanks to everyone for their interest. 🙂 This wont be the last you hear from me.

…let’s get Canberra green!

arescarti42 10:51 pm 08 Jan 14

Sounds awesome! Count me in!

Pestiness 5:44 pm 08 Jan 14

Mordd said :

Ok I promise this will be the last post in the row, just noticed something I missed when linking the Wired article that is very important for any prospective players to know! …

No need to promise no more posts. It’s good, healthy debate. Yes, I am biased. I like my team. I like the game. I’m only providing my opinion in the article. This is why I posted the link to the article on the entire ingress Canberra community on google+ (which I also think is a far superior social media channel to stupidbook). Many players have commented here. The fact that many are resistance leads me to believe ‘thou doth protest too much’ about my article.

There are Terms of Service and Community Guidelines to follow with the game. These are available here: http://www.ingress.com/terms

I don’t want the post to get too longwinded, so I encourage anyone with an interest in finding out more about both the game and the teams involved, to download the app from the google play store, get onto google plus (http://plus.google.com), request to join the ‘Ingress Canberra’ community. While not every player participates in the forum, you’ll soon get a pretty good picture of which team appeals to you.

I know you’ll make the right decision. Email: enlightened.canberra@gmail.com for an invite to the game. 🙂

🙂 I’ll still shout you a beer if you join us. Slimy tactic or otherwise.

Agent_Q 4:41 pm 08 Jan 14

Mordd said :

“But be careful: you’re only allowed to change your faction once, by requesting a manual reset for your account. So take your time deciding whether you want to oppose the Shaper infestation with the Resistance, or embrace the change with the Enlightened.”

That is indeed vital! But it is actually old information, and currently, no faction changes are permitted. The only way to change faction now is to delete your old account in Ingress, and start a new one with the other faction… so choose wisely, recruits!

Mordd 3:23 pm 08 Jan 14

Ok I promise this will be the last post in the row, just noticed something I missed when linking the Wired article that is very important for any prospective players to know!

“But be careful: you’re only allowed to change your faction once, by requesting a manual reset for your account. So take your time deciding whether you want to oppose the Shaper infestation with the Resistance, or embrace the change with the Enlightened.”

That should also be added along to the OP imho, along with the links to the tutorial and the wired article and iOS info – im guessing this topic will get a lot of views and not everyone reads the comments 🙂

Agent_Q 3:21 pm 08 Jan 14

Pestiness said :

The enlightened definitely are the underdogs.

A lack of success does not make you the underdogs. David won against Goliath – that did not make David the underdog. The fact is, the Enlightened in Canberra have almost twice as many players, yet are half as effective. We make no secret of our success in the field – and we are happy to share our strategies, and our success, with all who join the Resistance.

Pestiness said :

I am known and respected by members from both factions and understand that there is a small degree of ‘disagreement and infighting’ in the resistance, where it simply does not exist on our team.

The price of freedom from mind control is that individuals may have different ideas. We are also aware that there is considerably more hierarchy and some players who tell others what to do in the Enlightened faction; whereas the Resistance is founded on principles of egalitarianism, independence, and freedom.

Pestiness said :

I also have to refute that we have slimy tactics. We’re generally too busy having fun and revelling in our lack of coordination for ‘tactics’. 😉

Civilians: Which ever team you choose, you will have fun. But I will buy you a beer if you join and play for the enlightened.

Bribing civilians with alcohol is definitely a slimy tactic, Pestiness, and very much proves the case in point! 🙂 If you join the Resistance, there will be many occasions to enjoy beers together while savouring the sweet thrill of victory. I am not sure the same can be said of the Enlightened… 🙂

Mordd 2:53 pm 08 Jan 14

@Pestiness – crazy question, but having thought of it im madly curious to know – if you had 2 phones (or even 2 sim cards? how does the game identify players?) could you play both sides at the same time? Does anyone do this, is it banned? What are the rules on team switching and the like? Is there a degree of spying and espionage that goes on along with the game (im hoping you say yes to this last one especially – this would appeal to me personally *evil grin*).

Pestiness 2:49 pm 08 Jan 14

I love how all the ‘resistance’ players jumped on here, flattering me personally, yet refuting my (mostly) legitimate claims.

People, do not believe their lies.

I will just say:

The enlightened definitely are the underdogs. In the area where I live, I am the sole level 8 green player. There are at least 5 resistance players who live in the group of 7 suburbs. I would dispute the fact that we have more ‘active’ players. There are some resistance players that play around the clock. Numbers don’t equal activity. We enlightened seem to have a much better ingress/life balance.

I am known and respected by members from both factions and understand that there is a small degree of ‘disagreement and infighting’ in the resistance, where it simply does not exist on our team.

It is true, however, that the ‘resistance’ are well coordinated, play seriously and hard, and are deserving of the fact that this town is currently ‘blue’. …for now. 😉

I also have to refute that we have slimy tactics. We’re generally too busy having fun and revelling in our lack of coordination for ‘tactics’. 😉

OK. I lied about the better looking stuff. We’re all physically unattractive. On both teams.

Civilians: Which ever team you choose, you will have fun. But I will buy you a beer if you join and play for the enlightened.

Mordd 2:35 pm 08 Jan 14

Dogen said :

For more of a technical explanation of game play try http://decodeingress.me Mordd.

Lol I had to ask, that seems a bit too technical for someone who knows nothing about the game yet haha, I only understand about 25% of the articles I skimmed, they seem aimed at experienced players not as a way of getting to know the game.

Pestiness said :

Howdy,

Thanks everyone for your interest. I’ve had fun playing and just thought I’d share. Happy to post another notification when it’s available on iOS.

Skidbladnir gives a simple explanation of the game-play. And an amusing one.

If you want more info on the dynamics of how to play, the backstory, etc there are some great resources and links here: https://support.google.com/ingress/#topic=3261401 (including youtube vids).

I’m not into the whole ‘backstory’ stuff (it can even seem a bit cultish!), but it gives depth to the game for those who need it.

🙂

Now that is exactly what i was looking for, a tutorial to help learn how the game works, something to initiate a non-player, and yes backstory helps a lot to give context to the actions of the game. This link should be added to the article if you want people to have a chance of making sense of this.

@Agent_Q – the resistance intrigues me, and im quite tempted, but this comments makes me wonder if id be picking the wrong side:

billius said :

It also seems to have become a game of smokers vs non smokers. I haven’t had a time running into the ‘enlightened’ where I haven’t had someone puffing smoke right in my face.

Does that mean as a smoker myself I wouldn’t we welcomed in the resistance, is the game really split along these lines or this more a in game joke/jab that I am not getting and to be ignored in the larger scheme of things?

Ok now I just need an iOS version of the app and I can try it out, sadly I cannot afford even just a cheapo android device purely to play given I already have a perfectly working (free) iPhone 4, so I’ll just have to bookmark the site I guess and check back every now and again till it’s added.

Sandman 2:28 pm 08 Jan 14

Masquara said :

I wonder what the cult agenda is here …

I’m still trying to figure that out. It exhibits all the symptoms of a cult. Players seem to get overly excited about it and try their hardest to push the virtues of the “game” onto non players without realising just how uninterested we are.

Pestiness 2:28 pm 08 Jan 14

DrKoresh said :

I just want to find a group of nerds who’ll let me play D’n’D with them 🙁

hehe. I know a few of those types too. I’m def not one of them. Contact me at pestiness AT gmail.com and I’ll hook you up.

zorro29 2:16 pm 08 Jan 14

thatsnotme said :

zorro29 said :

*blink

I really must be too old; I have no idea what any of this is about even after reading it. Are Resistance and Enlightened opposing teams of Amazing Race-type people?

Hmmm…at any rate, I have an iPhone and don’t live in Canberra – so I guess that counts me out, twice.

Ha, it really is one of those games that elicit blank looks if you try to describe it to someone, but it’s pretty simple really.

There’s apparently a version coming for the iPhone, and it’s definitely not a game that’s restricted to Canberra – pretty sure you could play it in any city or town anywhere in the western world!

Well Sydney probably has something going on. I’ll have to do some research. 🙂

Pestiness 1:14 pm 08 Jan 14

Howdy,

Thanks everyone for your interest. I’ve had fun playing and just thought I’d share. Happy to post another notification when it’s available on iOS.

Skidbladnir gives a simple explanation of the game-play. And an amusing one.

If you want more info on the dynamics of how to play, the backstory, etc there are some great resources and links here: https://support.google.com/ingress/#topic=3261401 (including youtube vids).

I’m not into the whole ‘backstory’ stuff (it can even seem a bit cultish!), but it gives depth to the game for those who need it.

🙂

Deref 1:03 pm 08 Jan 14

It looks like fun! I wonder what it is.

lobster 1:00 pm 08 Jan 14

You are all nerds and I hate you.
Especially those of you on the resistance.

Primal 12:58 pm 08 Jan 14

Colour me blue.

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