Subscriptions in Ingress
There was a suggestion that Niantic was interested in ideas for subscriptions for Ingress. Here are two subscriptions I would approve of, each targeted at $5 per month price points.
Supporter Badge Subscription
This is as simple as it gets. You like Ingress and want to support it's existance. Like a Patreon or something like that. For every month you support Ingress, you get a tick on the new Supporter badge, which would have the same 1/6/12/24/36 bronze/silver/gold/plat/onyx system of the IFS badge.
An easy criticism of this is that it's "Pay to Win". And in some sense that is is true since you're directly paying for the badge. But really, 3 years for an onyx badge doesn't seem like "winning" in any meaningful sense of the word. More meaningful is the public declaration that you're proud to support Ingress and Niantic.
This subscription can also come with a multiple-user passcode per month. This would serve as a "thank you for being a supporter" token from Niantic, and also a way for the subscriber to share the passcode with friends. Sharing passcodes helps keep people interested in the game, advertises the subscription program, and gives the subscriber an avenue to help a few folks in their community.
Intel Package Subscription
Unlike the previous subscription, this is targeted for specific benefits to the subscriber besides just warm-and-fuzzy feelings. The goal here is to find things that power users want that don't unbalance the game too much.
- Advanced Operations Webapp
- Advanced statistics
- Capture/visit/cooldown portal decorations
- Intel game layer
- Online key management and recharging
The operations webapp would be a much improved version of the current Intel map to aid in the planning and execution of complex cooperative operations. A slick UI that let you draw operations and see how they are progressing and what may be interefering with them. Subscribers can sponsor three operations at a time, but would be free for everyone else. The sponsor wouldn't have to be the intel operator. Consult with active op planners about what they'd want for this.
Advanced statistics would be for the data nerds in the audience. I would like to see far more data about my activity. I have 13000 unique captures (discovrered portals, unique visits, etc)? Let me see the list, show me on the map! What percentage of time have I owned that portal by my house in the past year? Show me a map of where I've walked this month. Which portals do I spend most of my XM recharging? Which portals/links/fields are ticking up for my Max Time Held stats? Show me a map of my missions completed, mission days, anomalies attended, first saturdays. Etc etc.
The decorations are more simple. Show me on the map screen when portals are in cooldown mode, show me if the portals are unique for captures or visits. You have it for Pokemon and Wizards, now bring that to Ingress please!
All I really want for Christmas is an optional low-graphics, high-contrast map mode. 2D, top-down view. No fancy graphics, basically just the intel street map view with an "actions" button to fire etc. Yes, I want to pay more for less. Ingress to me isn't about the scanner looking cool, it's about the changes I can make on the map. I want fast, simple actions and clear, simple graphics so I can do what I want quickly (burst, deploy, hack) and move on to the next portal with the least amount of idle time possible so I can keep on walking. And I'm willing to pay for the privilege.
Lastly, I want to be able to manage my keys from an online interface. I want to be able to download a list of my an entire set of keys -- regardless of being in a capsule or key locker -- so people can build tools to coordinate with friends (maybe part of the aforementioned intel webapp, but also others). Let me recycle, reorganize, and even recharge them from this interface.