Can the Ingress team publish player activity statistics for us to better understand our game?
I read in another thread that Japan has the biggest player base. This got me thinking.
Is this statement demonstrably true?
What can we learn from Japan to improve other communities?
Japan has four vanguards. The U.S. has three, and most countries only have one. There's got to be a good reason why Niantic would want to hear more from Japan. What is it?
These thoughts led to me the next question: What information would encourage players when published?
We are greeted with the global score upon logging in. Are there any other metrics that could nudge agents to have more fun? We can certainly use more SITREPs. How about statistics that only the Ingress team can put together?
Here are my suggestions:
- Updates on new medals earned per tier. For example, "in August more than 9,000 agents earned the bronze Scout Controller medal." You know this works.
- Weekly stats for control fields created, missions completed, portals captured, resonators deployed, resonators destroyed, mods deployed, etc. Choose whatever category best represents Ingress. But show us the stats per country.
I am optimistic that these reports will give us more to talk about. My hope is that we'll find solutions to our current problems, namely attracting new players.
There are many other factors that make Ingress more successful in one country than numbers. Can we share the lessons that we've learned along the journey in Ingress Insights? Right now that place is a mess.
What are your thoughts?
I would love for statistics on my gameplay to be available from niantic. If this would be included in a payed subscription I would definitely be interested.
Firstly, the easiest way to do this is request your personal data from Niantic regularly. It will cause them to give you a two and a half year long game log of your own actions, that you can parse.
Secondly, if people keep highlighting that that's why they're asking, Niantic may decide its better to provide stats differently, in order to alleviate the legal team's burden.