Around this time over the last couple of years, we have made #MissionsForGood as a way to give back to your communities. Because of their positive energy and community impact, we are going to be doing them again this year. You don’t have to limit yourself to only Ingress missions. If you or your faction mates have a story highlighting the spirit of #MissionsForGood we want to hear it. Please share them with us on social media using that hashtag.
You can take part by playing other Agents’ #MissionsForGood and/or creating your own #MissionsForGood (see a great example here: https://goo.gl/HMOnTk). To submit one, follow the steps below:
Identify a local charity that you’d like to assist
Create a #MissionsForGood Mission through our Mission Creator Tool (https://goo.gl/Ptozio ) with the following criteria:
- Mission title MUST include #MissionsForGood to qualify
- Mission should be focused on discovering the local community and giving back to your chosen charity (examples are food and clothing donations).
- Missions must follow all of the normal mission requirements
- Submit your Mission
- Play both yours and other Agent’s Missions
Starting today through December 30th, we will keep an eye out for Missions submitted with a title that includes #MissionsForGood - <unique mission name here> and will fast track approvals for those. Please keep in mind that you must submit Missions using existing Portals only.
Share your #MissionsForGood on social and spread the fun.
Less ingress politics if it is only your faction though.....
If you destroy it, they will rebuild it or not. and that is good for the other side or your side.
Next day went horse-gressing with my mum! There are lots of surprising PITA portals down tracks and/or with no signal... Horses only help with one of those problems, I've got plans for the other one.
Using hints and in-game navigation, participants have to find their way to their respective checkpoints to complete the missions. Each mission will end at a game booth where the participants have to complete a set of questions in order to proceed with the next mission.
To find out more about this event and register go to: http://scoop.org.sg/scooptrail2017
Tonight at 6pm your time, raise a glass in salute and remembrance for Enlightened Agent @pshr (James Lucas Moren).
He was shot and killed on Christmas Eve after his car had broken down near his roommate's work in downtown Anchorage. He was waiting outside to catch a ride back home when he was shot three times. He's survived by his mother, Lennie.
Agent pshr was an awesome guy and player who had a penchant for big fields and great strategy against the Alaskan Res. He was excited to help with any large fields and with 15 million MU already under his belt, he would do anything to help others do the same. He was a terror to the smurfs, sneaky as hell, and is going to be deeply missed.
The Go Fund Me: https://www.gofundme.com/lucas-moren-celebration-of-life
And as always agents: Be safe.
plus.google.com - Yesterday (Jan 2nd, 2017), I got a message that my +Ingress account was…
As 2016 draws to a close and 2017 is about to start, now is the natural time for reflection. For me personally, 2016 has been a rollercoaster in a way I never could have imagined. This is saying a lot as I’ve been on some pretty extreme rides in my life. Those other stories I’m saving for my book.
The biggest life change for me this year was with my career. Even as I type those words, it doesn’t seem to do the change justice. Life was comfortable for me in 2015. I had received yet another raise, promotion, and was doing something I loved. I often saw myself retiring from that company. I loved being a Program Manager using my PMP skills to manage U.S. defense contracts with a staff of people working for me researching next generation technology for the Army. Innovating. Pushing the boundaries. I was just as comfortable sitting at a desk as I was traveling the world and working in the dirt, snow, and sand. Life was good.
However, in 2012 I discovered something that rivaled my professional passion – Ingress. I saw how the game, and how Niantic’s vision for this space, could affect people in real and tangible ways. It was truly a life changing product. So in late 2015 I applied for the position of Global Community manager at Niantic. I didn’t need a job – I wanted this job. Fast-forward several months and January 4th, 2016 was my first day as a Niantic employee. It was the day my life changed yet again and a new chapter began.
I accepted the position with full knowledge and understanding of its demands. The path before me was cleared by people I knew and respected. This would make some things easier, but I would also need to blaze my own trail to be successful. To be honest, the last twelve months have been difficult. There were the expected physical challenges of dealing with a global game that never sleeps. Going to bed at 2am and waking up at 8am can make for long days. There have been the emotional challenges of being the focal point of daily criticism, negativity, and general cries for help. There were threats directed at me personally and my family as well. But in spite of all of the things that could/should have made me give up, there were two things that kept me going. The first was the support of my family. Specifically, my wife, who never flinched when things got tough or bad. The second was you – the players.
It’s easy to focus on and get caught up with the bad things in life instead of the positive. Particularly in today’s society when the currency of the Internet and even normal communication seems to skew towards hyperbole and rhetoric. I was able to center myself by seeing your pictures and reading your stories. Looking at images of players visiting the ocean for the first time because of Ingress, having Ingress babies with someone they met through the game, Agents marrying a fellow Agent, and most of all – players helping other players in times of need brought me great joy. For all the negativity that is the dominating sentiment of online communication, I believe, people genuinely want to do and be good. Being part of the force that enables these positive experiences has been rewarding beyond my wildest expectations. You never let me down and you continue to inspire me with your stories and achievements. Thank you for continuing to share.
While dealing with every situation as a GCM, I have tried to remain as unbiased and objective as humanly possible. It simply isn’t in my best interest to be biased or show favoritism. If people quit because of my actions and the game dies I will likely be out of a job. I’m also aware of the initial resistance (pun intended) many had with accepting me as anything but an Enlightened player. An early lesson I learned in my professional career is that “You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time”. I accepted that as my mantra and simply tried to do as much as I could within my own limits. Thank you for understanding this and accepting me as a gray portal and not blue or green.
I am not perfect. I know I have many faults. One of my biggest faults is trying to keep up and stay organized with all of the inbound communication I receive. Currently, I welcome any communication via email, Slack, Group Me, Hangouts, Telegram, and social posts where I am tagged. If I’ve not responded to you or have left an issue unresolved, I apologize. Regardless, never be afraid to reach out to me. Just understand that sometimes the answer might be, “I am not able to help you.” and it might take a few days or a few weeks for me to reply. Thank you for your patience.
In this vein, understand that I am not NIA OPS. Two of my goals are to advocate and amplify player issues, concerns, criticisms, and compliments. I cannot adjudicate your tickets or personal situations. Using me as the first option to resolve a situation is not going to help your problem. Those who do adjudicate problems want them documented – rightfully so, to be honest. There are a few very rare circumstances and exceptions to every rule, but try to help yourself first. I am happy to provide advice and support when asked. Thank you for trusting me.
I also recognize the system isn’t perfect. There are areas we could and are working to improve. Despite the hyperbolic sentiment that some would have you believe, I know that Niantic has made great strides in the last year in the areas of transparency and communicating when there are problems, listening AND responding to player issues, continuing to close exploits that enable cheating and many others. I know because I’ve seen it first-hand or been part of some of the change personally. Thank you for understanding the challenges, allowing us to figure things out, and for being part of the solution when called upon.
Continued improvements are coming in 2017. Our work is not done with Ingress just because Pokémon GO was released and is profitable. In fact, I am VERY excited for what 2017 has in store for Ingress. As always, we continue to work on anti-cheat methods. Please understand that there is no single magic bullet for this complex technical problem. However, with each iteration, we continue to end more and more methods to exploit the game. Operation Portal Recon should be opened up to a wider audience and you should start to see portals appearing because of those efforts very soon. We understand the Anomaly format, both in terms of game-play and personal experience, needs to be revamped for fear of it becoming stale and are working on some radical new ideas to spice things up. The Lux Adventure campaign was such a great success that similar campaigns will be held in the future. 2017 will probably rival 2013 in terms of Ingress’s legacy and a year people often point to as their favorite. 2017 will be the foundation for 2018 and beyond. Good things are coming for Ingress. Thank you for continuing to support us and allowing us to grow during the many changes with our company over the last couple of years.
On a personal level, the Ingress journey I started in 2012 as one of the global points of contacts for the Enlightened and continuing on through the position of Global Community Manager at Niantic wouldn’t have been worth it or possible without you. It is no secret that the meta aspect of the game is what makes Ingress. You are Ingress. Every issue, good or bad, is a chance learn and grow. I will not soon forget all the Agents I met in 2016 and the experiences. To all the Agents I have yet to meet - soon™. Thank you all for allowing me to grow this year. Onward to 2017!
Although time is slipping away, there are still 10 days until the new year - for those of you on the West Coast of the United States and a select few other places. We are going to end 2016 with a passcode countdown! Check back each day for a limited redeemable passcode for in-game items. Happy Holidays and have a happy New Year Agents!
Today's code is: uvjs8hny1796ypzd
- Niantic, Inc.Global Community Manager, present
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