“Niantic” Community Day and how it could be improved



  • PkmnTrainerJPkmnTrainerJ ✭✭✭✭✭

    I think this was their last mention of an Ingress event, but it shared the stage with Pokémon GO.

    They did have a thread about Ingress being 10.

    I agree it is not mentioned much though.

  • tp235tp235 ✭✭✭✭

    March 18 coincided with a trio of gaming events - Ingress, Pokémon GO, and PikminBloom - but given that Niantic has not taken any action, the cross-game social program must have been put in storage or incinerated.

    And Niantic has not used the cross-game Niantic Community Day hashtag since last October.

  • PkmnTrainerJPkmnTrainerJ ✭✭✭✭✭

    The Ingress event is not listed on the site.

    Mainly it is Pokémon GO (which gets two event types with Community Day & Community Day Classic) and the events listed for Ingress are First Saturday. Though they do not have any future ones listed down, which should be easy to do as it’s always the same timescale.

    As you note, they seem to have stopped the #NianticCommunityDay tag, but they do still have the community.day website for some cross-game promotion.

    Maybe if NBA All-World gets a Community Day, they’ll pick it back up as they’re heavily advertising that game.

  • VenomousToadVenomousToad ✭✭✭✭✭

    Ingress is where they get the data for their other games. We are their unpaid employees making their other games better. Why do you think portal scanning was created. To make the next game better. There was a time you could go to an anomaly and see Ingress characters in person. I don't even think they exist anymore.

  • PkmnTrainerJPkmnTrainerJ ✭✭✭✭✭

    Wasn't Hank Johnson meant to be in person at the last one, but had a family emergency?

  • tp235tp235 ✭✭✭✭

    They are community days for different games from each other.

    Also, please keep in mind that Niantic does not make the decision on where to hold First Saturdays.

    First Saturdays are not organized by Niantic like other gaming events.

    The Ingress agent community that wishes to host a First Saturday decides the location and other details, and submits the application through Fevgames.

    Therefore, the organizer is not Niantic.

    The player community is the organizer.

    Therefore, even if it is Niantic, it is not allowed to set up a community day for another game at the place where First Saturday is held without permission, or to change First Saturday to a cross-game community day.

    And these are the same for Mission Day.

    Therefore, if Niantic wants to hold a cross-game community day, the only way is basically to set it up at Anomaly, which is hosted by Niantic.

    However, even if Anomaly were to be a cross-game community day, few Ingress agents would attend.

    Because at Anomaly, most players will be working from morning to evening for their own victory.

    Therefore, they will not have time for cross-faction and cross-game interactions.

    For this reason, the majority of non-Anomaly events in Ingress will be set on Fridays and Sundays.

    However, two possibilities are as follows.

    There are several Niantic-sponsored events other than Anomaly.

    NL-1331 is a meetup event where you can chat with Niantic staff and ask questions, so it would be no problem to incorporate it into a cross-game community day.

    However, Ingress agents may be glued to the meetups with Niantic staff, so it is unclear if it will help with interaction between game players.

    The other is Hexathlon, which I have written about before.

    The Hexathlon is an inter-personal race event, and basically you get a medal for completing a task.

    This is not a problem even if it is a cross-game community day, as most people, aside from those who want elite medals, will be satisfied with the event medals they receive.

    A certain percentage will probably participate.

    However, Hexathlon was scheduled to take place in February and April 2022, but it is unclear if this is an event that will be held in the future, as we have not heard anything new since the majority of the event was cancelled due to COVID-19.

  • I think one of the reasons Ingress gets ignored is the game itself.

    I started in 2016 as a PoGo player, I made an Ingress account to build more Pokéstops.

    The grind to lvl 8 was intense, took me a few weeks.

    Funny thing is, I finally made it to the level to nominate new poi and by extension, new Pokéstops.

    That’s when I realized had no interest in continuing to play Pokémon go, I was hooked on Ingress.

    Ingress requires thought, forethought, planning, strategizing and execution. I think creativity’s a pretty big role too.

    If I wanted to spend hours slapping my frozen fingers off of my phone, I could play any one of Niantic’s other investments, but let’s not forget where it all started…

    Without Ingress, there would be no PoGo, Pikmin, Harry Potter, NBA, etc.

  • It’s truly ridiculous. We should have more control of events within our own communities. If Niantic isn’t going to stimulate the player base, they should hand over a portion of the reigns, Historically, Ingress players have been respectful, tactful and friendly.

    I can assure you that a cemetery in my city had all of its Pokéstops/Gyms removed, if you switch your game over to Ingress, you’ll quickly cognize portals in that cemetery remained perfectly intact.

    I find myself bemused by the fact that Ingress is the framework for all of their other games only to be sent to the kids table as soon as the money makers show up. 🤷🏻‍♀️

  • PkmnTrainerJPkmnTrainerJ ✭✭✭✭✭

    It’s very strange to see a brand new game of NBA, get 1000% more advertising than Ingress has ever had, and the NBA game is dull (maybe it’s better if you know the players but NBA isn’t that well known/watched outside of America to my knowledge).

  • mortuusmortuus ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 22

    Ingress needs more highlight and advertising but it seems its not getting much if at all which is sad to see. Would be fun to get some new sponsors in but its hard i guess at the current state

  • tp235tp235 ✭✭✭✭
    edited March 23

    Well, I agree that there is just not enough advertising.

    If possible, it would be great if you could have two types of ads: general ads for the outside world and Ingress reports for the inside world.

  • joecainjoecain ✭✭✭✭✭

    Enjoy the ride til the end. In the meantime, stop wasting time scanning portals to build out lightship for niantic's other games.

  • Otrera35Otrera35 ✭✭✭✭
    edited March 24

    Back in the day, majority of the Ingress Players were courteous, friendly, and respectful. Nowadays, it's the opposite. There were a lot of angry and rude agents during the pandemic, which persisted afterward. They voluntarily or involuntarily choose not to know and follow the Agent Protocol. Also, other agents prefer to be spiteful (to the point they utilize their kids in spying on other agents) when they can't have their way with their fellow or rival agents. It is like having the BOLO issued for those unsuspecting agents. Finding a courteous, patient, and friendly rival agent who can make the gameplay a fun and pleasant experience is a rarity nowadays. The Ingress Community and its members should also set an example to new agents that the Agent Protocol should be followed to make the Ingress gameplay more pleasant and fun.

  • PkmnTrainerJPkmnTrainerJ ✭✭✭✭✭

    I was thinking about this again, and may as well keep my comments in one thread. So, it seems that Niantic Community Day is over as looking at the website;

    Pikmin Bloom & Pokémon GO have theirs on separate days. Ingress' last mention there was March. Maybe @NianticThia can get them to update it?

    In the meantime, as we don't have any extra events this quarter, how about a 2x2 Community Day each month next quarter?

    Focus on extra hacks of a different item each time. KCaps, Cubes, Resonators and the like?

  • tp235tp235 ✭✭✭✭
    edited May 10

    Unfortunately, this means that Niantic's plans for a cross-game community day have been scrapped.

    There is probably no eye on reviving it.

    What has appeared instead is a PoGo-only community ambassador program.

    Community Ambassadors have many photos on social networking sites.

    However, if you look, you will see Pokémon masters with multiple alter egos usually in the picture.

    Therefore, I don't think any Ingress agent would be willing to actively participate in their community, even if game-continue to do so.

    If you want to organize a community day for Wayfarer, of which you are an ambassador, along with a PoGo community day, that's fine.

    But be careful with the TOS.

    Unfortunately, many people in PoGo don't care, as evidenced by the Wayfarer community, but at least be aware of it if you are an ambassador.

    Also, there are many Niantic game players who are fed up with the attitude of the PoGo trainers, as far as I can see, who are currently continuing to torch Niantic and other Niantic games and not abiding by the TOS.

    Therefore, even if a cross-game community day were to be held in the future, I would not want to participate in it, given the possibility of trolling the event as PoGo hooligans.

  • mortuusmortuus ✭✭✭✭✭

    sad days ingress feels we get less and less events overall ☹️

  • PkmnTrainerJPkmnTrainerJ ✭✭✭✭✭

    Fingers crossed for something good for Q3 I guess?

  • PkmnTrainerJPkmnTrainerJ ✭✭✭✭✭

    So this weekend we have Second Sunday;

    Pikmin Bloom Community day for two days;

    and then the Axew Community Day on Pokémon GO.

    And yet still no thoughts on the potential cross-promotion and no events showing up on the Community Day site? 🤦

    Oh, I guess Peridot is also doing a thing too.

  • TooLegitToExistTooLegitToExist ✭✭✭✭

    Nia CDs in general a failture

    This Dooty fella wont get attention, period.

  • PkmnTrainerJPkmnTrainerJ ✭✭✭✭✭

    True. It was a good idea but poor implementation.

  • MoogModularMoogModular ✭✭✭✭✭

    You don't notice they aren't using "Niantic Community Day" here?

  • GrogyanGrogyan ✭✭✭✭✭

    Ingress First Saturday is Community Day, they were hoping to shift it to Second Sunday Missions, but this is kind of hit and miss

  • MoogModularMoogModular ✭✭✭✭✭

    Not really when we still had them as virtual meetings. We just got the return of the physical FS this year.

  • GrogyanGrogyan ✭✭✭✭✭

    New Zealand has been doing hybrid IFS, mostly in person though the pandemic. Except the awkward couple of months of lockdowns.

  • GrogyanGrogyan ✭✭✭✭✭

    I am wondering though what the plan is for Second Sundays from July onwards with the return of Agent Ops.

    As I said, it definitely looks as though the Ingress Devs are being pushed by Niantic HQ to have the Second Sunday as the new "Community Day" event

  • MoogModularMoogModular ✭✭✭✭✭

    A variety of tasks like the EOS Protocol was something I was thinking. You need a minimum number of points to receive credit.

  • PkmnTrainerJPkmnTrainerJ ✭✭✭✭✭

    According to this website

    Niantic Community Day is still a thing, with events for Pikmin Bloom & Pokémon GO still listed.

    We haven’t seen anything added to it for Ingress in months. It’s still a good idea for some crossover promotion, if the team are looking to invest into Ingress.

    Any update on this for Ingress? Sorry to tag some folks - @NianticBrian @NianticThia @NianticOfficial

  • MoogModularMoogModular ✭✭✭✭✭

    it's not going to be integrated, dude

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