Google gets underway with Ingress, An Augmented Reality LBS Game.

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Welcome to Ingress, the newest free mobile and alternate reality game app launched out few days ago by Google, available on Android for now. The main essence of Ingress is to get people out of the physical world to the virtual reality world,  where they could still carry out physical activities and see the environment in a new way.

The concept is to make the game create a living reality that is authored by the player.

According to AllThingsD, ”Users can generate virtual energy needed to play the game by picking up units of “XM,” which are collected by traveling walking paths, like a real-world version of Pac-Man. Then they spend the energy going on missions around the world to “portals,” which are virtually associated with public art, libraries and other widely accessible places”

”The concept is something like World of Warcraft, where everyone in the world is playing the same game,” Hanke said. Players are on one of two teams: “The Enlightened,” who embrace the power, or “The Resistance,” who fight the power. Anyone can play from anywhere in the world, though in more densely played areas there will be more local competition for resources”.

Check the video below out and have a feel of what it looks like. Have fun!

Source: AllThingsD

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