Who is afraid to leave home because of the pandemic, do not go out. We will play for you. Wearing masks, gloves and chemical protection suits, but we'll go out and play for you. Thank you very much, Niantic, for bringing back living events!
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I am facepalming so hard right now.
A uniques event is terrible timing for agents in the UK with a new lockdown period as of Thursday this week.
We’ve literally just been talking today on our local Xfac chat about playing responsibly during this period and complying with our new lockdown rules ie no unnecessary journeys outside of the home.
I appreciate Ingress is a global game and not all countries in the world are in the same place right now but many parts of Europe are in a similar position right now.
This is an extremely irresponsible event. Please reconsider and make the challenges something people can do from home - eg drone based
"The winning Faction will be able to further influence the human mind through Control Fields, amplified by 100 Very Rare Link Amps distributed to 100 participant Agents on the winning Faction, chosen at random and vetted for activity, via single-use passcodes."
Does this mean that each of the 100 randomly selected agents will receive 100 Very Rare Link Amps or will each of those agents receive a single Very Rare Link Amp?
Ah! The magic phrase: Unique Portals.
And naturally, the perennial question: Will we get to see our Unique Portals for this event in the scanner or the Intel Map?
I can't help to ask myself if people at NIA's headquarters do live on the same planet as we are.
Can you please specify "Unique Portals captured per Agent"?
Are they unique portals captured during the event or unique portals ever captured per Agent? I mean, if I capture a portal during the event that I have already captured several times in the past, will it count as unique or not?
The point is that it might be forbidden to go out or to travel somewhere else to capture a high amount of unique portals.
Europe is not the center of the world.
I'm really anxious
Thank you, Niantic, for having this awesome event!
Is the event perfect? No, of course not. No event will be perfect. As someone living in a poor rural hub, I'm at a disadvantage for "unique capture/destroy" events. But you know what? I'd rather have this event than no event at all.
Do I feel for the European agents who are having strict COVID restrictions. Yes, I do. Do I suggest that agents consider health guidelines? Yes, please do. Keep in mind that local COVID-related rules apply equally to both factions, so it's not like one faction has an advantage. If people are risking their health to get medals, then this a common sense issue, not an Ingress issue.
Also, while I (a Native American woman) value our European agents, please keep in mind that Europe is not in the center of the world. This game is a worldwide game, and since the pandemic has different effects on different parts of the world, it's hard to design an event that will work for everyone globally.
Use common sense. Have fun. Enjoy the event!
I shall remind you that no one cared about chinese / asian players when they were in the lockdown.
Niantic makes decisions 100% based on what's going on in California. When Europe, Asia and eastern US were under lockdown Niantic did no changes to the gameplay. But as soon as California went into lockdown they made changes in all 3 games.
Now is the same situation. California is lifting lockdowns and Niantic is removing gameplay changes. Pandemic is increasing elsewhere? Who cares, it's not in california.
You will not see uniques until Niantic migrate to the new back end system and they said it's not going to happen in the foreseeable future.
+1 for this encouraging the wrong behaviour in places where there are significant efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Niantic: please limit this to specific locations that can play safely without encouraging players to make unnecessary joruneys (Taiwan? New Zealand).
I'm downvoting this idea (post) for the simple reason that a lot of players are unable to participate in the challenge due to increased lockdowns as the second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak is currently happening. Lockdowns differ from country to country, or even city to city. Some areas allow for people to enjoy the outsides in small groups, while other countries have a month-long lockdown where people are only allowed to be outside for necessities (food, doctors visits, etc).
Ingress events like this are meant for ALL players to enjoy and not only those that are fortunate enough to live in an area that doesn't have strict lockdown, or to those who intentionally break the lockdown (risking their own and others health as well as hefty fines). Granting the ability for a part of the group to gain the medal while others can't is not only unfair, but also causes rifts in the playerbase.
While I agree a challenge (of sorts) helps boost players morale, and I also understand phase 2 & 3 might me more lenient towards players in lockdown, this doesn't feel like it's the best idea. Simply looking at credible sources like this should make you realize the continuing virus outbreak is not a joke and should not be taken lightly (even though some countries want you to believe otherwise..).
Thank you for reading!
It's explained in the original post. Read it.
This sounds like a fun event, but the last thing that should be going on right now. Covid is raging across the globe, even in the US. The majority of Europe is either in or heading back to national lockdown.
An event that is focused on uniques neutralised and captured is not what we need. Agents shouldn’t have to disobey their authority’s lockdown to play. Ingress is fun but can wait until it’s safe.
As much as I love event badges, this event having an agent specific badge is worst part, it’s not just a case of “play if you can, contribute to the global count”, it encourages every single agent to go out and play for a badge. I’m a completionist, I’ve had the top badge for Dark XM, Myriad, Aurora, Umbra and Didact, and there is pressure to continue the streak.
I really hope Niantic can reconsider something safer.
x4 AP and VRLA are awesome, but there’s a time and a place.
Please don't fall back to the a--hattery of the Odyssey medal where no-one knew the requirements and completely BLEW PAST it in a desperate attempt to make sure they got the higher tier.
e.g. Requirement: 711 uniques. Actual: 2700 uniques.
This was a big **** to the community last time. PLEASE DON'T DO IT AGAIN!!!
A year ago, people did not play on purpose for 2 weeks to avoid getting a medal for Avenir's terrible crossfactional shards. Now it's your turn.
And seriously, I think that the bar to the bronze medal will be very low, so even walking to the supermarket you can make it. Otherwise, yes, it won't be very good.
So Europe is not the center of the world, California is!
Overcome your obsession. If you can't get a badge for some reason, simply accept that. There are other badges to come. You could have a personal issue only affecting you personally like a broken leg or no leisure because of an important deadline at work that could prevent you from getting some badge.
But don't spoil the fun for other people who are not affected.
While the bonuses are good I feel there needs to be an important point made
WE ARE IN A PANDEMIC, LOADS OF COUNTRIES ARE ENTERING SECIND LOCKDOWNS
Do niantic really want to dot hints that will lead to people leaving their areas to do big fields? Or meet up to do fields, or make farms etc. Seriously man, this is going to lead to so many arrests, virus spreads, possibly casulties from the virus etc. Please niantic, please rethink this
Tell that to the teams that love to baf, they will ignore all guidelines for any part of this event that needs fielding, which the third one does sound like it will
As someone playing Ingress in America, I've been quite safe by never interacting with anyone while playing, and being completely self-sufficient while inside a city.
Yes, some areas have physical movement lockdowns, but the vast majority don't, and we can do this challenge safely.
Continuing with a quick thought: There is a simple workaround (fix?).
Instead of making the badge depend on points scored by individual agents, make it based of total amount of gained points of all players combined. That way players that are living in less-strict lockdown areas can play to their hearts contend, and players in (strict) lockdown areas can stay safe and are (not as) encouraged to go out.
Not the best time to run event.. But people will play anyway.
I think Ingress has lost a lot of players this year so there's need of some stimulating the audience.
If you're going ahead with this please make the badge requirements realistic (i.e. low).
Gameplay doesn’t require me to be in contact with anyone, enter any building, be in any crowd, near any person, or exit my vehicle. It’s one of the few things I can do alone, without interacting with anyone. I make less contact with people playing Ingress than I do going to the grocery store. This event will work for me.
I think the best now are drone event all can run with covid-19 on the world.