Google Ingress

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  • mcmothercruncher 15 Nov 2012 19:06:59 6,828 posts
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    Wasssall this about then?

    Is anyone in the beta?

    http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/15/google-launches-ingress/
  • mcmothercruncher 16 Nov 2012 10:59:59 6,828 posts
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    That popular huh?

    Yeah, well, I've requested a beta log-in. I'm not expecting much.

    Running around, looking fairly sheepish with the phone pointing at random objects, being spammed with adverts for Burger King, that kinda thing...
  • nickthegun 16 Nov 2012 11:05:13 59,516 posts
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    Trafalga square is a hotspot! I must get down there!

    Oh... my phone has been stolen..

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  • mcmothercruncher 16 Nov 2012 11:13:31 6,828 posts
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    Aye, that too ;)
  • mcmonkeyplc 16 Nov 2012 11:16:49 39,440 posts
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    I'm waiting for a beta invite.

    Come and get it cumslingers!

  • Ginger 16 Nov 2012 11:17:03 6,830 posts
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    Looks like they're starting to build the dataset and test the UI for google glass. Signed up for beta access

    Edit: Actually, it doesn't look anything like that at all. Still, signed up :)

    Edited by Ginger at 11:20:12 16-11-2012

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  • jellyhead 16 Nov 2012 11:21:24 24,350 posts
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    I must be old. I'm not interested in doing Google's legwork for them. Years ago i'd be all over this due to my interest in VR but all i keep seeing is marketing schemes.

    Bleh. My younger self would be disappoint.

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  • Tonka 16 Nov 2012 11:32:39 20,233 posts
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    @nickthegun don't think it's out on iPhone.
    Sorry misread your post.

    Needs glasses

    Edited by Tonka at 11:33:16 16-11-2012

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  • mcmothercruncher 16 Nov 2012 13:29:34 6,828 posts
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    @jellyhead
    Yup, why are they doing this?

    OK, they have a titanic load of cash and are always looking to create "buzz" via one avenue or another.
    Ultimately though, they harvesting data and selling more sodding advertising. Can't help but feel a bit cynical too. I'll probably load it up in town for 10 minutes, declare it bobbins and uninstall it. If google are reading this though, I mean't to say I'll totally help you leverage your vertical marketing schnitzel vortex, obviously.
  • magicpanda 16 Nov 2012 13:47:11 13,343 posts
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    They are doing it to collect data (for free) for a pedestrian navigation system.

    Car GPS for people on foot.
  • brokenkey 2 Jan 2013 15:07:42 6,997 posts
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    So, anyone playing this?

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  • mcmonkeyplc 2 Jan 2013 15:23:21 39,440 posts
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    They haven't sent me beta access yet.

    Come and get it cumslingers!

  • infoxicated 13 Jan 2013 21:41:28 1,098 posts
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    Quite enjoying Ingress.

    I don't particularly care whether they're using it to harvest data, it's actually quite a fun and tactical capture the flag game and I think it'll be pretty cool when it's out of beta and there are more players. :)
  • Tonka 14 Jan 2013 07:09:10 20,233 posts
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    @infoxicated Where are you playing it? I applied for a beta and haven't got one. I think me being stuck in nowhere Sweden might mean there isn't anything up and running here at all.

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  • infoxicated 18 Jan 2013 16:17:19 1,098 posts
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    @Tonka I asked for one back in November but didn't get it until two weeks ago tomorrow, so it seems kind of random. Being in the middle of nowhere doesn't seem to be a factor - there are lots of folk playing the game with just that problem!
  • brokenkey 18 Jan 2013 16:43:34 6,997 posts
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    I applied for the Beta on 15 November, and got sent an invite on the 8th December. My home town as 1 portal, and my place of work has one portal. No idea if that's relevant, if they are after capturing more POI stuff then it might be.

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  • Tonka 22 Jan 2013 10:07:48 20,233 posts
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    Did they just lift the beta? I downloaded the App and got it up and running without anyone asking for a key.

    Very confused by the game though. There are quite a few portals that I pass by each day. Do I have to slowly wittle away at them? Bunch of fucking students have all claned up on them and crnked their levels to 5-6.

    Then what?

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  • Sponz 23 Jan 2013 17:55:43 648 posts
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    If you had an activation code emailed to a Google mail account that is linked to your android device, then you dont need to enter it into the Ingress app, your account is already activated.

    I downloaded this today, and dont have an invite on any of my google acocunts, and the app asks for an acti code.
  • Sponz 23 Jan 2013 17:56:14 648 posts
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    ...looks really cool though. Hope I get an invite soon.
  • Sponz 11 Feb 2013 15:24:28 648 posts
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    I've been playing this now for about 18 days, I managed to win an invite off of one of the fansites who were running a competiton to crack codes and clues.

    So far, absolutely zero advertising that I have seen, and it has been a lot of fun walking about capturing portals and leveling up. Also met a lot of new people along the way and we now have regular meet-ups to go and knock out enemy portals and have a drink along the way.

    All I can imagine that Google is farming out of this is GPS accuracies across devices.
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