Apparently due to a 4500+ link link star in Europe, the game is unplayable in many other locations including the middle of the United States.
My question is why? Is it the cheaper servers Ingress is on? Did someone turn down the resources again? Or something else?
This really shouldn't be happening.
I've rebooted my phone twice. I've loaded Ingress countless times now.
I get a black screen. Then sometimes I get to see the map. Sometimes I see portals.
It's really getting frustrating. It would be less so if I weren't some 200+ miles from home attempting to play ingress.
@NianticBrian any thoughts? Any way to get the app working again?
Has anyone else had the game just stop working? Either loads a black screen or if it loads the map nothing works, resonators dont load, attacks never launch, hacks end up with errors etc?
"Op. Project D12"
On September 6, 2020, we made a 12-layer homogeneous control field(HCF12) in Kurashiki, Japan and broke the world record!
The operation started at around 21:30 on September 5, and was completed at 2:22 on the next day after about 5 hours of construction.
This is the first time for Japan to be at the top in HCF record, since HCF8 were created in Germany in Jan. 2020.
(homogeneous control field(HCF): all layers in CF are homogeneous, and special construction method is needed)
HCF6 Japan Tokyo 2016.3
HCF8 Germany Dresden 2020.1
HCF9 Poland Krosno 2020.6
HCF12 Japan Kurashiki 2020.9
"ITO EN 古本市場 花の街店 災害対応自販機"
"ITO EN 古本市場 倉敷堀南店 災害対応自販機"
"ITO EN 古本市場 倉敷中島店 災害対応自販機"
They are all duplicate portals.
The shock of HCF8 and HCF9
The world's first HCF8, created in Dresden, Germany, in January 2020, was a big shock to "完全多重を愛でる会(HCF lover's society of Resistance Japan)". Although we were able to speculate on the construction method, we assumed that they were using duplicate portals(which is multiple portals with exactly the same coordinates).There were only a limited number of duplicate portals found in Japan, and we soon found out that it would not be easy to choose a location and gather many people.
We continued to choose locations and look for alternative methods. But in June 2020, the bar was raised even higher when a HCF9 were created in Krosno, Poland.
Finding a new way and a place
In July 2020, @tacker530 posted on our society how you can significantly increase the number of HCF's layer by using multiple duplicate portals.
There was certainly hope that it could significantly increase the number of HCF's layer, but the combination of duplicate portals found at the time would require an unprecedentedly large number of people and seemed difficult to implement in the immediate future.
In August 2020, three duplicate portals were found in Kurashiki, in a much smaller area than before.This opens up the possibility of building a HCF with multiple duplicate portals.
For starters, on August 9, I attempted to build a HCF10 with my partner karasuchan, using two duplicate portals.
We built it to completion, but for some reason we couldn't link from the last apex and it failed.
(I later found out that creating a HCF10 there is unable because of portal placement.)
Challenge for HCF12
On September 5, I reconfigured the plan with three duplicate portals and put it into action.
The plan was to aim for a HCF12 if we succeeded, but the plan was more difficult than the previous one because of many Enlightened links.Even though karasuchan slept on the way, we destroyed all links in about 4 hours, and created HCF12 in about 5 hours.
To celebrate the completion of the CF, I and karasuchan made a toast with ITO-EN tea😆🍻.
Origin of the name of the operation
The name of the operation is a reference to the "Project D7", a pseudo-HCF7 operation that was held in Tokyo in the past. https://sitreps.teasearch.com/2019/04/pseudo-h7-in-tokyo/#more-4349
AGs have gathered in Tokyo from all over the country with the desire to break the barrier of HCF6, even if it is just a "pseudo".
As long as this passion exists, I'm sure new records will be made in the future😊.
Encouragement to create a HCF
If you're interested in CF like this, and if you're a Resistance agent, you can join in a HCF community like our "完全多重を愛でる会" .
Enlightened agents are also making HCFs in various locations, so if you're interested, please contact an agent near you who seems to be familiar with HCF.
If no one near you, please contact me:)
There are still a lot of unknowns and unaccomplished records in HCF.
I would be happy if this operation can get as many agents interested in HCF as possible😁.
Cheaters exist in Ingress - always have, always will. They make life harder on everyone, and I think it's probably safe to say that the community's trust in the enforcement actions taken by Niantic is not as high as it should be.
What I'd love to see - and yes, this might be reaching - is a regular (say, monthly or quarterly) aggregation of enforcement actions Niantic has taken on accounts. This could look something like the below:
- 1,000 account terminations issued
- 100 account suspensions issued
- 100 warnings issued
Reasons for account terminations:
- 250: Falsifying location
- 200: Device modification
- 100: Selling of in-game items
Reasons for account suspensions:
- 80 inappropriate use of COMM
- 20 Other
Reasons for warnings:
Source of account action:
- 900 Proactive account terminations by Niantic
- 100 Account terminations from player reports
- 100 Account suspensions from player reports
- 100 Account warnings from player reports
Personally, I think this would help increase the player base's trust in Niantic's ability to govern the game and enforce the rules of fair play. It's always been an argument that Niantic don't release specifics on individual account terminations so as not to inspire more cheating; that's fine, I think. But releasing aggregated data like this should avoid those problems.
Even if reasons weren't included, this might give more credence to the argument we've been given in the past, that the cheaters that agents see are a small number compared to the number that Niantic identify and terminate.
Is it perfect? No, I guess Niantic could just make up their own numbers. But it would be a step in the right direction. And, of course, I realise that we probably can't expect anything anytime soon, as the world grapples with the current crisis, but an idea for whenever things start to get moving again, perhaps 😀