Tiny portal photos in Prime and a lost sense of exploration

vimdixvimdix ✭✭
edited March 25 in App Feedback

I miss the large portal photos. The tiny pics in Prime make it feel like what the portals are doesn't even matter.

I was recently on holiday. I love to take "Ingress vacations" - that is, going to new places with only a handful of mission banners as my guideline, ticking up my uniques counter, and being happily surprised by seeing something new I haven't already scoped out online.

But this time, I found far fewer photos of cool portals in my camera roll at the end of it.

So many times in the past, I would open a portal and be immediately struck by the photo - "wow, that looks cool", followed by looking up and searching for the portal. And then often heatsinking the portal to pick up a key after the fact! It was these surprising, serendipitous finds that made me glad to be exploring while playing Ingress.

But the tiny photo in Ingress Prime kills this sort of serendipitous exploration. There's no way to tell if something looks cool with that tiny square.

The monochrome blurry fireplace rendition doesn't help either. Nor does the fact that most photos were taken with the vertical alignment from Redacted in mind - they often translate poorly to the square view on the portal page, and even worse to the horizontal view in the portal photos list/key locker scroll.

It made me sad, thinking about coming home on past trips with lockers full of souvenir keys of happy memories and interesting art I'd want to show people. This time, the only souvenir keys I got were from places I knew were landmarks already.

I wonder if others feel similarly -- that the portal photo deserves a little more love in Prime.

p.s. #myfaveportal

(because it reminds me of katamari damacy, and because I made L16 for the second time here ^^ outside osaka station)


  • 1valdis1valdis ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 26

    I agree. I haven't thought about it but you worded it perfectly. The portals are losing their "uniqueness", becoming just a set of points to play on, instead of being and giving a feel of special places.

    And viewing full-size portal photo screen is a complete mess and makes no sense. Just have a look. There's a portal with a vertical photo.

    It is clipped on top and bottom. Now if I view it full size...

    Perfect. As it should be. But let's take opposite example: horizontal photo.

    Looks good on preview. But if I open it full size...

    What the hell is that? Why would you clip it from the sides? How am I supposed to view it fully?

    Another thing that Redacted did better: it didn't ever clip photos. And I do wish that would apply to Prime too. Portal photos are sometimes done with a great care, choosing the best orientation and angle, and you don't want to randomly clip some stuff here and there! Fill the empty space with pitch black or whatever, I don't really care. But clipping them should be the last thing to do.

  • HydraulinskiHydraulinski ✭✭✭✭✭

    It actually clip every time. The best way to deal is always taking vertical photos, but knowing that the portal key will clip it to widescreen, and center it, so it will be perfectly cliped, and then on full view with almost no clip (it still clip a bit).

    Or just take landscape pictures well centered, and dont give a thing about the outcomes.

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