Hi all -- Just got my activation code for this new Google game, Ingress. In case youhadn't heard about it, it's being branded as a massive alternative realitygame that you play via your Android phone (and a bit online). You can go here and read a bit if you like:http://ingressguide.com/what-is-ingress/It's currently in a closed beta session, but you can request an invite here:http://www.ingress.com/...or you can submit some artwork and, if noticed, you may be forwarded anactivation code much sooner than the few weeks mine took.Once you get activated, you install the app, choose a code name, go througha brief tutorial on your phone, and choose a side to play for: Enlightened or Resistance. I don't think it actually matters which sideyou choose - game play should be parallel - but it'll be more fun with friends so get their input first. Reportedly, you are allowed one namechange and one faction change during the lifetime of your account, so choose wisely.There's also some phenomenally deeply crafted backstory, online hubs, andpuzzle solving if you want to engage with that, but otherwise, it's one big(read: Global) game of Capture the Flag meets Scavenger Hunt with onlinetracking:www.ingress.com/intelThe object of the game is to claim portals and as much landmass as possiblefor your team.Even with the beta status, I'd have to say, I'm having a lot of fun withit. There are a few glitches and a bit of a learning curve, but it's very visceral and exciting. If you start playing, you'll never look at someone texting on their phone the same way again, especially if you'renear a portal.Cheers!~MarkuxPS: As correlative investment advice, I'd buy into companies that mfg solar cell phone chargers and/or Duracell for portable cell phone backuppacks. Nothing worse than being "out in the field" as an agent and on yourlast 10% of cell phone juice.
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