Ingress Uses City Landmarks for Battle of Supremacy
Feb25

Ingress Uses City Landmarks for Battle of Supremacy

Over the past year, a new geolocative, mobile game developed by Google has been flourishing right under our noses. Ingress, an alternate reality game, combines a deep narrative with real-world landmarks to make for a unique and quickly addicting type of play. While Ingress is currently only available for Android devices in the Google Play store, an iOS (iPhone) release will be happening later this year. Ingress is quickly becoming an underground phenomenon here in the Summit City. I’ll break down the basics of the game for those of you who are new to this type of activity (like me).. Players are called “field agents” and at the start of the game are asked to pick a side, which is referred to as a “faction.” Now these factions are very important, because the whole purpose of the game is to fight and gain control of different landmarks around the city for your team. Different landmarks, sculptures, murals, and important areas around your city are called “portals” and must be secured at different times for your faction. For example, the Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge on Clinton, and Headwaters Park are both portals here in Fort Wayne. Ingress works with your phone’s own GPS to show you what is going on with different portals and where special items lie that you can use to protect and defend your faction. Depending on what color different areas are on the map, you or members of your team can decide what tactical move will either keep your portals from attack or gain portals from the other side. Because the game highlights locations significant within the city, it brings a new vibrance to areas that we might otherwise ignore. All of a sudden, a statue we may pass by every day becomes a battleground for supremacy. Users are also able to submit ideas for portals, so any area can quickly become a game board for Ingress. If you’re interested in the growing battle for worldwide domination that is Ingress, download the free app in the Google Play store, and check out the Fort Wayne groups on...

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