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Old Jul 13, 2014, 10:39 PM   #1
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Google Launches iOS Version of Multiplayer Augmented Reality Game 'Ingress'




Google's mobile-augmented reality game Ingress today launched for iOS devices, coming seven months after the game's general release on Android. The title's product manager confirmed last October that an iOS version of the game was in the works after a closed beta saw over ten thousand active players a month and one million total activations.

The title's story centers around The Enlightened and The Resistance, two factions who compete against each other to unlock clues about a mystical technology. Events in the game progress in real-time as Google delivers new clues each week, while players claim local landmarks in the real-world to earn points for their respective team.

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The World is the Game
Move through the real world using your iOS device and the Ingress app to discover and tap sources of this mysterious energy. Acquire objects to aid in your quest, deploy tech to capture territory, and ally with other players to advance the cause of the Enlightened or the Resistance.

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The struggle is being played out globally. Track the progress of players around the world, plan your next steps, and communicate with others using an Intelligence map.

Form Alliances
The struggle to save the planet spans the entire world. Groups of people acting together can be more effective than individuals acting alone. Cooperation across neighborhoods, cities, and countries will be needed to achieve the ultimate victory.
Ingress is a free app for iOS devices and can be downloaded through the App Store. [Direct Link]

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Old Jul 13, 2014, 10:55 PM   #2
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hey

does this qualify as tracking software?
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Old Jul 13, 2014, 10:56 PM   #3
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First time that I've heard of it. Looks very cool. I like how it encourages people to get out into the world.

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does this qualify as tracking software?
I would think so, yes. Gold mine of info for Google.

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Old Jul 13, 2014, 11:07 PM   #4
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These AR games always seem to fall flat, yet there's something promising in the concept--whether this is a winner or not, I hope the experiments continue!

(The most promising that I've see is Seek 'N' Spell, but that doesn't depend on a worldwide playerbase--you set up a local game as desired.)

I'm at least interested to check it out. I'm having a hard time Googling for serious reviews of the game; I can only find "stories" about it existing. I guess app store reviews will have to do. (Or TouchArcade may step up to the task.)

Hopefully you don't need a Google account to play (another way they can associate your real-world movements, habits, and identity with your online searches, relationships, and purchasing). But if you do... it's easy enough to create a new one. (Although I'm sure Google is smart about tying multiple accounts together into one "master dossier" of info. All they'd need is to notice that I play this game from the same IP address as I check my "real" account's GMail from.)
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Old Jul 13, 2014, 11:20 PM   #5
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I know a few people who play this game. They enjoy it. There's a community around this game, those that play get to meet new people in the process.

I'm sure there will be most posts re: "OMG Google's tricking people into being tracked by playing a game" but the truth is that Google was always able to track you (on Android). The point here is that this game, which is a sleeper hit among the Android crowd, now is on iOS, which will help expand the game community further. I think that's great.
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Old Jul 13, 2014, 11:34 PM   #6
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does this qualify as tracking software?
How else does Google make their money?
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Old Jul 14, 2014, 12:23 AM   #7
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Old Jul 14, 2014, 12:47 AM   #8
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This isn't about tracking people, it's about ground truthing for Google Maps. A bit like ReCAPTCHA moved on from digitising books to identifying street numbers.
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Old Jul 14, 2014, 01:25 AM   #9
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Where is the augmented reality in this game? Context aware does not automatically mean AR.
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Old Jul 14, 2014, 02:25 AM   #10
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Old Jul 14, 2014, 02:28 AM   #11
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it's a great game. Makes you really get out and explore. You will learn a lot about ur local areas history and key community places.
Just glad now I don't have to lug around my Nexus 7 everywhere to play.
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Old Jul 14, 2014, 02:48 AM   #12
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Virtual Reality meets Reality...
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Old Jul 14, 2014, 04:28 AM   #13
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Unfortunately in this game, iOS users are at a disadvantage due to the weak battery life of our devices

It looks pretty graphics intensive, and combined with the location usage I'd be lucky to get 45 minutes out of my iPhone 5's battery playing this.

Another thing: they shouldn't have bothered putting the faction choice in the iOS version. Should have just been "Enlightened" automatically.
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Old Jul 14, 2014, 05:40 AM   #14
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Ingress looks like an experimental research.
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Old Jul 14, 2014, 07:21 AM   #15
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Impressed up until it told me to walk to a portal. Then I just closed the app and watched cat videos on YouTube. Couldn't be bothered to leave my house today.
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Old Jul 14, 2014, 07:25 AM   #16
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Doesn't seem to work in iOS 8 if anyone was wondering. closes immediately for me.
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Old Jul 14, 2014, 07:55 AM   #18
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Is anyone having trouble running this on a jailbroken device? Every time I launch the app on jailbroken iOS 6, it shows the splash screen for about a second, then crashes to the home screen.

Since there is a jailbreak tweak that allows you to spoof your location (which would give you an unfair advantage), do you think the deliberately disabled it from running on jailbroken devices?
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Since there is a jailbreak tweak that allows you to spoof your location (which would give you an unfair advantage), do you think the deliberately disabled it from running on jailbroken devices?
Seems plausible. It runs fine on my non-jailbroken iPhone.
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Doesn't seem to work in iOS 8 if anyone was wondering. closes immediately for me.
Same here, note to other developers using iOS 8 (beta 3) on an AT&T iPhone 5 is crashing immediately after splash screen.
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Unfortunately in this game, iOS users are at a disadvantage due to the weak battery life of our devices

It looks pretty graphics intensive, and combined with the location usage I'd be lucky to get 45 minutes out of my iPhone 5's battery playing this.

Another thing: they shouldn't have bothered putting the faction choice in the iOS version. Should have just been "Enlightened" automatically.
It eats a lot of battery on my Nexus 5 as well. Most people who play carry a power brick. A lot of people play.
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Old Jul 14, 2014, 09:22 AM   #22
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This isn't about tracking people, it's about ground truthing for Google Maps. A bit like ReCAPTCHA moved on from digitising books to identifying street numbers.
When that happened I first noticed it on a blog. I was rather tempted to sit there hitting refresh until my house number showed up.
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Old Jul 14, 2014, 11:17 AM   #23
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This game is the reason I was looking forward to the larger iPhone 6. It will suck if the big new iPhone is really delayed.

I'm a long-time player of the game. What's cool about the game is that it gets you out to see places in your city you probably haven't seen before. Also helps promote exercise since you physically have to go to the locations. I've met lots of new people in my area playing the game.

Give the game a try! If you do, be sure to try and connect with experienced players in your area. They will help introduce you to the community of players in your area.
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Old Jul 14, 2014, 11:43 AM   #24
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Now that Shadowcities is completely dead this product should have no trouble at all.
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does it support google cardboard?
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