Why I quit Ingress...
The past year has been a year full of challenges and many life changes. At first Ingress was a cool geo-centric game, running around blowing up portals, making links, sending friendly messages to the other team back and forth, and even running into them once in awhile. All good.
After awhile I started playing with a group of other agents from the same team. The fun having dinner, making conversation with friends, and building farms was nice and social. I brought my son into the game and he quickly leveled up to 8 with his fast fingers and quick fielding.
Competition in a town was nil when the opposing agents outnumbered you 10 to 1, with at least 2 or 3 agents "on alert" for any portal that turned. You could pretty much expect an agent to show up to flip a portal back within 10 minutes anywhere in the town. Flipping a portal was no longer for strategic reasons, it was for merely bragging.
Things went bad for the us when the opposing agents took things personal. A trail of media right to the front doorstep of my house gave me a feeling of insecurity for my family. What type of person plays a game and takes it to someone's personal house? Reporting to +Niantic Project did nothing. My son and I took a break... a long break.
We still went to Pasadena to participate in the anomaly, but after the anomaly our scanners have been pretty much silent. There's no point in playing a game where I feel my family's safety may be put in jeopardy because someone thinks I hunted their guardian (their portal at one of many local schools just off a main road) or they take offense to their long standing farm being blown up.
After reading the post from the Sacramento Resistance (thanks Ronnie) about agents paying dues of AXA, MUFG, ADA, etc. and participating in a competition for blowing up farms, it's no wonder I no longer enjoy the game. The game has become a game controlled by regional "higher ups" directing lower level (14,13,12,11 etc.) agents to do their bidding in order to be part of the "team". It's become a "pay to play" situation.. and you know what? I no longer care. I had a good laugh at the situation.
Since shutting down our scanners we have had a summer busy with trips, camping, swimming, traveling, and all sorts of exploring. There has been no need to go farming for gear, there hasn't been any looking over our shoulders for agents following our footsteps, or checking scanners to watch portals captured 10 minutes prior being flipped back. We've moved on to real life, we still play games, stuff like football, baseball, and bicycling. Ingress was a good 2 year distraction, but it's been time to move on.