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Ingress parties scheduled around Google I/O: what would it mean if the game goes live to all?

0. phoneArena posted on 07 May 2013, 09:20

After the initial launch buzz, we haven't heard much about Ingress. The game is still going strong (though we gave up on it, because the innate repetition of a MMORPG got boring for us), and it has millions of players around the globe; but, Ingress is still in closed beta. There are Ingress events planned around Google I/O, which is making us wonder if a wider release of the game is imminent; and if so, what does that mean for the game that exists right now?...

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posted on 07 May 2013, 11:36 1

1. Whateverman (Posts: 3284; Member since: 17 May 2009)

Finally got my invite and gonna give it a try later tonight. So far it looks really interesting, even though I've never been into these types of games. We'll see how it goes.

posted on 07 May 2013, 18:14 1

5. jcarrigan (unregistered)

i received my invite back in january and i have to say it is one interesting game.

posted on 07 May 2013, 20:36 1

6. Whateverman (Posts: 3284; Member since: 17 May 2009)

Which side did you pick, or are you not suppose to say? I'm new at this.

posted on 09 May 2013, 15:38

9. jcarrigan (unregistered)

the game involves alot of walking or traveling and i work 7 days a week so i havent been able to really play much of it. im going withthe rebellion though.

posted on 07 May 2013, 11:53 1

2. lauremar (Posts: 181; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)

I am still waiting for my invite and code :-( Is there a faster way to get them?

posted on 07 May 2013, 12:42 2

3. Whateverman (Posts: 3284; Member since: 17 May 2009)

I wish I knew. I sent the email way back in November, didn't remember getting an actually invite, but when I re-downloaded it to my new Note 2...blam! There it was. I just have to pick a username and I'm in. Have you tried re-downloading recently.

posted on 07 May 2013, 16:10 2

4. mistyayn (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 May 2013)

Are you on Google Plus? There are a lot of people in local areas that have invites so if you look for your local community on Google Plus you can probably find an invite.

posted on 07 May 2013, 21:02

7. brianrose (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 May 2013)

Hi @lauremar, hope this reaches you in time: BY4484MD.

posted on 08 May 2013, 19:43

8. Dadawada (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 May 2013)

No need to add an alternate universe. The game works fine as is. No one plays the game by themselves. Else like the author states, they don't get very far.

But if your a low level or new player, the game forces you to seek out higher level faction "partner" players using G+, the Comm, or other social media. That is the beauty and perhaps unintended result of the game.

I myself start playing in January or February and quickly became shadowed by higher level faction players who would regularly share resources and knock down or even destroy high level portals so I could capture them and gain the Action Points needed to level up. The area factions even host special events just for this purpose for new or low level players. It is not uncommon for new or low level players to level up one or two levels in a single get together.

I am now a Level 8, the highest in the game thanks to other Level 8 players who shepherded me and help me in the game.

I now return that favor. Just recently I met two brand new players and walked around with them knocking down higher level portals so they could then attack them and capture them or I would knock them down completely and let them capture the unclaimed portals. In that one outing they were able to go from Level 1 to Level 3 where they now can go and pretty much attack and capture portals on their own.

All this allows higher level players to instill best practices to new or lower lever players; such as the strategy for firing bursters to take down portals or the strategy for deploying resonators to make them more difficult to destroy. Then there is the whole linking and control field strategy one can waste a lot time doing trial and error vs learning early on from someone who blazed the trail before you.

The game is great as is. No need to create alternate "Newby" worlds or resetting everyone. That's not the real world and what better way to play a virtual realty game like Ingress than with a dash of the real one.

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