Ingress is just a plot to get Nerds to exercise more

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October 28, 2016

What is Ingress?

It’s a game. A huge MMO that is played world wide. It’s played outside, in the real world, using any mobile device. It’s using google maps to show a real world view.

Ingress is an Augmented Reality Game (ARG) where you have to go to certain locations and hack portals. There are two factions in this game, the Enlightened and the Resistance. The story behind the game is that a +CERN scientific experiment created a cascade that released exotic matter (XM) around the world and portals have been formed in locations like statues, museums and other public spaces. Both factions are trying to capture these portals and set up resonators to generate more energy. When three portals are linked together, a field will be created to protect the area between those portals from “Shapers”.

Join the Enlightenment
Faction attempting to help the Shapers infiltrate Earth. Followers believe that the Shapers bring a powerful enlightenment that will lift humankind.

Join the Resistance
Faction defending the Earth from the Shaper ingression. They are seen by some as being fearful of change or progress, but the Resistance is firm in its belief that it is protecting humanity.

#Ingress is great fun. After moving to California, I’m thoroughly enjoying exploring the local towns, with my teenage son and hacking the resistance. It’s fun, it’s definitely getting me out and active more than I would otherwise do and (most importantly) it’s a fun thing to do with the family.


… what Ingress players suspect is that its really a secret intelligence agency duping people into harvesting exotic matter…

Lots of people commenting about Ingress online, it seem to forget its a *game*. Enjoy it or uninstall it. Personally, I look at the world in a new and nerdy way of blue and green fields hovering over everything LOL.


IBM i Software Developer, Digital Dad, AS400 Anarchist, RPG Modernizer, Shameless Trekkie, Belligerent Nerd, Englishman Abroad and Passionate Eater of Cheese and Biscuits. Nick Litten Dot Com is a mixture of blog posts that can be sometimes serious, frequently playful and probably down-right pointless all in the space of a day. Enjoy your stay, feel free to comment and remember: If at first you don't succeed then skydiving probably isn't a hobby you should look into.

Nick Litten

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