The Problem with Ingress

It's ruining my Zen thing, man!

The Company You Keep




I've been thinking about that, of late. A lot!

Anyway, my friends made me do it: I've joined the Green faction.

(I feel like such a dork—hopefully no one will recognize me behind my green spectacles.)

To be, or not to be

By the look of it, the game is set so that the followers of either faction can spin their own mythos any which way they want so they can feel they are on the right side, ideologically speaking. As it turns out, statistically, only half of the players chose a team based on the in-game storyline, anyway—the other half defers to other more practical determining factors.

Ideologically speaking, if this were something other than make-believe, one would be hard-pressed to make a choice. I imagine the Nuremberg Code would have to be of some relevance, here.

One way to look at it, subjecting uninformed populations to the influence of Exotic Matter (which is what theoretically is done in Ingress, in terms of game mechanics, when "mind-units" are "captured" within a green triangle field) without the informed consent of those populations is tantamount to, say, adding a foreign substance like LSD or DMT to the drinking water without people's knowledge.

BUT THEN AGAIN, it could be as easily argued that considering that the majority of the people in question is already brainwashed by the Man (I mean, can we really speak of "informed consent," when people are led unknowingly into military and/or economic ventures they understand nothing about?), maybe a good dose of LSD or Ayahuasca (or... NZT, anyone?) in the drinking water is something that, maybe, the world could use, after all—who knows?

See? I just argued both sides of the (same?) coin.

This reminds me of a Bertrand Russell quote:

"To be perfectly intelligible one must be inaccurate, and to be perfectly accurate, one must be unintelligible."

But I Ingress...


I’d like to say that my Enlightened decision was made after laborious study, weighing up all the pros & cons and only after I fully understood what was at stake (so to speak…)

It all happened so quickly! Honestly, I didn’t even think it would go further than a light perusal of the app, after which I was sure to delete.

But there it was a simple question…

On deeper click…

At the time Resistance seemed to feel old, tired and closed minded. The Enlightened seem to at least be aiming for something better…

I’ve converted our bass player to green. He said it felt just like Watchmen, where you know the right decision is Rorschach, but the pretty girls are always at Veidt’s…

On the bight side, at least we’ll be the first to know if it’s Xanadu or a cookbook, right?

— R. O.