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#1 Sat 17th Nov 2012 07:52 am

Registered: Thu 15th Jan 2009

Ingress: Google’s Strange New Game

John Hanke is the head of Niantic Labs, the Google unit that created Ingress, a new global augmented reality game.

Let’s quickly look at some of what Hanke was up to before he worked at Google.

Fabian Bustamante, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the McCormick School of Engineering, has looked at using the type of technology used in Ingress for what he calls, “Soft control.”

He stated, “We can ‘soft control’ users with gaming or social network incentives to drive them where we want them.”

This world around you is not what it seems. Our future is at stake, and you must choose a side.

A mysterious energy has been unearthed by a team of scientists in Europe. 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.

“The Enlightened” seek to embrace the power that this energy may bestow upon us.

“The Resistance” struggle to defend, and protect what’s left of our humanity.

Install Ingress and transform your world.

Google’s top-secret Niantic Project has been picking up plenty of buzz lately around all the usual tech blogs. Since November 1st a Google-hosted investigation board has been stoking these fires with cryptic videos featuring ominous voiceovers that drop phrases like “There’s more to the world than you can see.” A poster featuring encoded text superimposed over photos taken near CERN is another early post on this “Sphere of Weirdness.”

An independent wiki has even been set up to help sort out the signal from the noise. Reddit has also gotten in on the act.

In a reveal sure to disappoint some (while alternately thrilling mobile gamers), Google has revealed that Project Niantic is in fact tied to the launch of a new location-based mobile game called Ingress, developed by Google itself.

What is going on here?

HOPE is the thing with feathers   
That perches in the soul,   
And sings the tune without the words,   
And never stops at all        Emily Dickinson



#2 Sun 8th Sep 2013 09:05 pm

Registered: Thu 31st Jan 2008

Re: Ingress: Google’s Strange New Game

It's an insidious first version of real world user control. Google obviously has itself bent on controlling every last one of us. Good thing for us they're too stupid to be able to do it right. LOL tongue



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