Google Beta for New Augmented Reality Smartphone-Based Conspiracy MMO: 'Ingress'

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    This mind-bending bit of news has quite a few surprises and twists both in its inception, its source, and its content. The first surprise is that Google's own Niantic Labs is actually developing an MMO (massively mutlplayer online) video game.

    The second surprise is that although this game works like an MMO with millions of users across the globe playing together in real time, it doesn't use a traditional interface. This is a smartphone based augmented reality game.

    The third surprise is the content of the game will be a paranoid laced, global conspiracy theme that uses real world landmarks as points of reference to help move the story along. (It looks like they found some unique uses for Google Maps.) Here's a quote with the story description to help nail down the concept,


    It seems to me that this game is like FourSquare, only it wraps it in an interesting plot and more interactivity. We knew that those Google engineers were crafty and creative, but who knew they could come up with a mind-bending concept like this, or that they were even working on a game? The only thing that might be a concern about this idea is that some folks who already have a problem distinguishing reality from fantasy might have a problem extricating themselves from this "game." Get out your tin-foil hats everyone, and que up the X-Files theme music!

    Here's a link to the Google Play Store where you can request an invite to the currently closed beta test of the game: Google Play Store - Ingress
     
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    Just waiting on my invite.....
     
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    Keeping my fingers crossed for you so we can hear what you think of it.
     
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    I put in for an invite too.. should be awesome
     
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    So did I. Hope I get one. :)
     
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    I was reading this Reddit post earlier today, where a user had some pretty good (and extremely plausible) explanations as to what the purpose of this game might actually be for Google. Pretty interesting stuff!
     
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    If that's the case, that would be absolutely brilliant.
     
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    Google is awesome ! Let them follow me as much as they'd like I have nothing to hide.
     
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    Google definitely has a reason for collecting all of the user data they're going to receive via this game. I wouldn't put it past them in the slightest! :biggrin:
     
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    I finally got in, but pretty much nothing I can do sitting at home right now..
     
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    I've done some research on this, and it doesn't look good for down here..

    People down here rarely walk unless their car breaks down... and it shows with a lot of em.. so in Houston, I bet there's some places, but here in Beaumont/Port Arthur/Nederland/Groves/Port Neches...I doubt there's much on the map...

    I hope I'm wrong :)
     
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    I'm still cracking up from the link someone posted in there saying "Google already knows everything about everyone" xD
     
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    Interesting idea, but just what we need...more people distracted on their phone walking down the street. 94lt1, I am like you, I don't think it will be much use where I live.
     
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    Requested an invite a couple days ago. Can't wait to play this! For now just been reading all the articles about it floating around the web. This game sounds like a lot of fun though... :biggrin:
     
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