How to rekindle the fire in people's hearts?
A long time ago, I was a real green frog, and I hated smurfs in every possible way. These unfortunate lost souls did not give me peace and in every possible way prevented me and my brothers from leading humanity to enlightenment and all that is good. They resisted the greatness of our faction, they spat on our great leader. In order to outwit an ordinary smurf, we had to carry out special operations at night and during the day, in terrible bad weather, endangering ourselves, spending our money, time and nerves (which, by the way, are not restored).
We had different goals with them. We wanted contact with exogenous friends, and they were against it.
But time passed, and terrible changes came. First, the nasty Pokemon Go appeared, in which there is no adequate competitive component, and where it is normal to cooperate with players from other factions to catch rare Pokemon. From this nasty game, people began to come to us who sincerely did not understand why the smurfs are evil, why they need to be fought, and why they cannot transmit information from secret chats. This shook the faith of many of my enlightened friends!
Then there were events where the Smurfs and we had to do something together to save this world. No, think about it, the enlightenment agent had to cooperate with the resistance agent! It's as if the allied forces in World War II began to cooperate with the Third Reich! As I remember now, many of our agents refused to play at all so that they would never receive a medal for a shameful event where they had to cooperate with the enemy. And that was the beginning of the end.
During such events, the best agents left us. They lost faith in victory, and saw that our faction was heading for the abyss.
Then came the events of the first Saturday and the second Sunday, where we had to cooperate with the enemy in order to get a medal. This discouraged even more agents from active play. Years of active struggle went to waste. The once great battle has descended to the level of a Pokemon Go raid, where friendship and a yellow rodent dressed in various caps rule the world.
Even more players began to leave the game. It became disgusting for them to observe the process of what was happening. More and more of our enlightened brothers began to greet the enemy, to drink with them almost like brotherhood!
And then, during the tessellation event, the main thing was taken away from us. The purpose of our existence. We can no longer summon shapers to our world. For many of us, this was our #1 goal! And our leader also betrayed us.
Now I see many of our enlightened brothers who walk around without that twinkle in their eyes... Without those enthusiasm and inspiration that made us get up at 3 am and run to the most distant portal in order to help our own. Yes, and who is now ours, and who is a stranger, you can’t ****. The Smurfs have also become somewhat nondescript ... Many of them also have no goal in this game. That's it, the shapers left and they won. They cannot research HM, they do not have any tools for this. They also became uninterested in fighting... I don't know. Maybe it’s worth redoing the faction somehow, restarting everything on a new one, or what else can be done to make people reawaken the desire to fight for our world?
Not that I agree with everything said here, but I do agree on one thing. There seems to be a lack of purposeful competition. The current format of anomalies seems lackluster, boring, formulaic, sloppy (anyone remember the hour delay because of missing daylight saving time?)
I remember when it used do be like what is Niantic going to throw at us next? What stunts are we going to pull or what is the Resistance going to try? It was fun, spontaneous, unpredictable, and the chaos was a good kind, not "hey look the clock is off"
Now we are waiting for phase 3 Kythera information and all I can think is.....yay more battle beacons. Let's find the city, form a team and come up with a pl.......use the same plan we have been using for several months now.
without a proper lore and story i wonder,what are both teams even fighting for today ?
I fight because the game is inherently fun for me.
I think it's all about grin.ding (**** is this word censored?) recursions right now.
It's the same as what I've spouted for the last couple of years.
At this point, I mostly enjoy working on medals and throwing bigger/more fields. I think what's having me lose interest anymore is just the lack of integrity from other agents. So many cases of folks using 4+ accounts bEcAuSe iTs mY KiDs ACCoUnT! No way to prove this and even if you could, support is a joke. Rolling up on dudes with multiple phones in their hands but a toddler strapped up in a car seat isn't fair gameplay in my opinion, but here we are... This is Ingress, this is the way....
Depends on box. Some boxes have a public enemy No. 1 that must be neutralized at all costs. Up to a point that makes up for a lore shortage.
Yes, gri.nding is censored, presumably because of "adult" connotations.
How can anyone disagree with me saying "I fight because the game is inherently fun for me"? Are you saying that that's not why I play the game or what keeps me motivated? Since it's quite unlikely that the disagreer has ever met me or spent much time with me how would you know?
Some ppl just disagree to be PITAs
I still play so as to keep the slime at bay.
Maybe someone will listen to our problem.
No, this is YOUR topic.
@GreenVam This phrase of yours has been bothering me for days:
A long time ago, I was a real green frog, and I hated smurfs in every possible way.
I have been a real blue smurf for 8.5 years, and I have never hated frogs in every or even any possible way. To me this is akin to hating people because they're fans of a different sports team than the one you like.
My approach to Ingress has always been human beings first, Ingress players second, opponents third. The people on the opposing faction are competing against me in a game, but I can't find it in my heart to hate them because we both flipped a coin when we started playing and mine came up blue/heads while theirs came up green/tails.
One of my closest coworkers is a frog. Hating each other would make our working relationship troublesome, to put it mildly. Instead we occasionally engage in some good-natured ribbing but mostly join in solidarity when Niantic makes an absurd decision.