OPERATION: THE WHALE WINS
In recent months, both factions have observed an increase in frequency of portals captured via aircraft across the Pacific Northwest.
Among fielders and fans of durable portals, an informal code has slowly evolved over the past three years to support and uphold our mutual trust in the spirit of fair play.
In January 2016, Pacific Northwest Enlightened met informally with members of Puget Sound Resistance to discuss rules of engagement for this new way of playing Ingress.
We came to an agreement that the following standards were reasonable minimum expectations of any agent engaging in “airgress,” in accordance with Niantic’s Terms of Service:
--Use of 3rd party software for the purpose of falsifying or locking onto GPS coordinates (spoofing) is considered cheating.
--GPS locking by means of disabling location services is considered cheating.
--Any techniques requiring agents to perform simultaneous actions while signed into multiple devices (e.g. “quad boxing”) are considered cheating.
In addition, we also discussed the issue of accountability, and how proof of legal captures might be obtained and provided. On the ground, we are accustomed to asking for and providing photographs as trophies of our conquests, either privately or as part of a public AAR. It was suggested that for air captures, still photographs are insufficient evidence, and that video would be a better solution.
Agents of both factions agreed that capturing plane ops on video would be difficult, for issues of logistics as well as basic operational security. While we do have a sincere commitment to playing by the rules and ensuring our opponents do the same, we acknowledge that high-stakes Ingress operations are necessarily wrapped in layers of secrecy to keep the other team from gaining free intel. In addition, some players felt unfairly and personally singled out by their opponents with demands to provide proof of valid capture, while others were vocal in their certainty that the other faction was obviously cheating and only interested in protecting their methods.
It soon became clear that our negotiations were at a stalemate; both factions were obviously committed to the same goal but unwilling to take the first step in implementing a solution.
This video is a public statement from the Enlightened that we have nothing to hide, and that we are willing and able to abide by the standards we expect from our worthy opposition.
We now challenge Resistance to do the same.