Diary of a quick trip for scanning
I've been playing Ingress for years and as an open-minded Enlightened, I embrace the change and evolution. This is just my opinion.
I decided to have a quick trip to scan a village. Easy, 80 portals in a not-so-big village, I should be able to make it in an hour or so. The idea was simple: capturing to get uniques with a single reso, install a pair of mods to improve the Engineer, quick glyph hack the L1 portal and scan it.
Not so easy, I barely did 3X, less than the half.
The main problems I found:
- Scanning takes time, quite more than you would expect. If you are focusing on scanning you won't play Ingress smoothly. You can even spend up to 10 minutes trying to scan a portal getting errors. In Android, when you get an error, you have to reboot the game and start again. You can even loose a scan uploading in background and have to do it again going backwards.
- Now with Controller medal, it also takes data. You can't risk sending scans with WiFi because anyone can scan the same portal and steal your point.
- Comparing it with Portal Nominations, something that has an impact on your gameplay directly, scanning right now have no attractive reward apart from the medal.
- Furthermore, the tiers for Scout Controller are wildly high. Taking into consideration previous arguments, those numbers just unincentivate people to rush for the medal.
Reducing Onyx to 1-3k would make scanning more attractive, even stealing time to work on the other medals and play Ingress, since it would make it affordable.
In addition, a reward in the form of AP or CMU would increase interest in scanning.
Said this, I'll keep scanning since I want to keep the game alive and it's a way of helping NIA, but I think most people won't unless smart changes are done.