What is Ingress


What Is Ingress?

Ingress is the resulting app coming from the Niantic Project teaser website that Google launched at the start of November 2012. The Niantic Project website centers around a conspiracy theory around a government cover up surrounding a project that is code named Niantic.

The Niantic Project and the related Ingress android app both center around an ARG (Augmented/Alternate Reality Game) that Google is running.  They tie in very close together and if you continue to read through this guide you will find out how.

The Ingress game focuses around capturing, upgrading, defending, capturing and linking portals. There are two factions The Enlightened and The Resistance. Portals are located at works of art (Statues and Paintings) throughout the world as well as many other public locations (Historic Locations, Libraries and Post Offices). To earn points you have to successfully create and maintain a field between three portals. The battle between the factions may play into the story line at some point.

The story line around Ingress is continually evolving (given that it’s an ARG) but the focus is around discovering Exotic Matter and the portals releasing it that were created through a cascade of a CERN specific experiment. Once these portals are found they can be captured and then upgraded through resonators and connected to produce mind fields.

Excerpt from invitation email:

Life seems “normal” but your world is being infiltrated. A mysterious energy has been unlocked by a team of scientists in Europe and is spreading around the world. The origin and purpose of this force is unknown, but some researchers believe it is influencing the way we think. We must control it or it will control us.

There are two factions. The Enlightened seek to spread this influence. The Resistance struggle to protect what’s left of our humanity.

The World is the Game

Move through the real world using your Android 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.

What is the Niantic Project?

Is this just a game? An Investigation Board filled with cryptic clues and secret codes awaits. Powerful secrets and game tech are there to be unlocked.

  14 Responses to “What is Ingress”

  1. This game looks interesting, looking forward to playing it in the near future.
    Though the article could shed some more light on how long it will take to get an activation code once we apply for an invite.

    • The wait it too long, especially for those of us who are impatient… 🙁 still waiting for mine for over a week 🙁

  2. I can’t wait for my code!!

  3. Waiting for a code for evolution, knowledge and acceptance. =)

  4. I have enjoyed reading things at this site and have learned a lot about Ingress for when I am able to get an invite code for the game. One thing I would honestly like to see is a “starting out guide”…would be nice to know what is suggested for a new player to this game….

  5. I want to help the alliance. Please #ingressinvite

  6. I gotta check this shit out someone send an invite my way

  7. Anyone able to throw me a invite please please! 🙂

  8. I got an invite a few days ago. I did some pretty cool research on ingress after the fact that the storyline is pretty interesting. So the enlightened Seem like the shapers who have gone to light and wanna advance world progress. They seem pretty cool but at the same cost, extremely deadly. I sense freedom and liberty here. However the resistance seem to wanna protect humankind. They’ve also experienced hurt from the shapers influences and rebel against the world to protect our world from the darkness of enlightenment. However the irony here is that the enlightened seem like they’ve been raised in light of dark and the resistance in dark of light. It’s so hard to pick a side so I’ve decided to comment and let the public vote for me instead. Honestly I’m siding with one side already but who knows…sway me with your mind control and I might join you (:

  9. I chose the Enlightened because I can’t believe anyone can do a worst job of protecting this planet and each other than the human race…. But I miss the smexy voice!

  10. If you need help choosing, remember this.

    A bunch of hippy-dippy, happy-go-lucky Eurotrash scientists released a dangerous material into our world. In true California fashion, the Greenies want everyone to share the experience, and are willing to use force to make us accept this modification to our thoughts. There was a candidate for Governor who said, “If rape is inevitable, lay back and enjoy it.” WELL NOT ME!

    Green is a good color for them. It’s the color of a virus, the color of a disease. Don’t spread the disease! Be part of the CURE!

    BionicManster, defending San Antonio from Eurotrash.

  11. I not understand clear wat with this portal but must to be samthing intresting

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