Winning is not always defined by how many "points you score", but in how you play the game. With a show of good faith we realize how much gameplay has declined in South Korea and want to fix that. No trickery, no nonsense, no trolling...simply taking an opportunity to make things more fun for all is a win in my book.
The ENL and RES have banded together this morning, finalizing plans to send Artifact #4 to Seoul, South Korea in an attempt to lift spirits for agents of both factions.
A bit long winded but please bear with me. Korea became quite bored with Ingress a while ago. I applaud the thought to drop an artifact there. We've made the decision as Resistance to move it to Seoul ASAP even though it is pretty Enlightened there. This decision was made NOT from a strategic standpoint, but from an Ingress standpoint. By allowing both sides to play with it for a few hours, and then upon reactivation our hope is to respark the interest of the disheartened there. I don't care if it ever makes it "home" as long as I am able to lift the spirit of the game for an entire country that is a bigger win in my book. I care about the community more than an artifact or a win.
From +JiYun Kim
Since I started Ingress last year, I met a lot of people and built a Korean Resistance community named “IRK”.
But I have one big concern these days.
I saw players leaving Ingress.
So I asked them for the reason.
“I’ve lost interest in Ingress”. This was the answer in common.
Actually, I also started to feel bored with the contents.
It was a real fun at the early moment, but after being accustomed to it, yes.
But, there was a reason for me to keep playing.
Not just because I was the leader of IRK.
The Ingress is not just a ‘GAME’ for me.
After playing Ingress, I started to make myself go outside the door.
And there’s one thing I earned by communicating with others.
We’ve met each other as ‘Gamers’, time passed and that ‘Gamer’ has developed to ‘Acquaintance’, and some of these ‘Acquaintance’ has became a real ‘Friend’.
Got lots of advice while I was at high school that helped me very much, and my sight has been widened while talking with a lot of people from various fields.
Apart from these personal effects, it helped the family relationship.
I was like being dragged to family travel, but after this I always jumped around for taking portal pictures wherever I go. Maybe parents feel like I’m energetic than before. That’s a real good change. ;)
These positive changes above are not just for me. This was happening to everyone, and common thing in those changes was ‘Communication between people’.
There was a communication so for the positive effects happened.
And, the Ingress was excellent for that ‘communication’.
The Ingress has made people around the world communicate each other.
Not by force, by their own will.
Through Ingress, people met and talked each other.
I could see their life being happy.
In this way, Ingress has approached to us in the way of ‘Value, more than just game’.
I sometimes think that this is the real purpose of Ingress for Niantic.
I really want to share this experience with the people, including non-Ingress players.
However, this Ingress seems to be dying here in Korea.
One day, March 11 2014, one artifact has been dropped to Gyeongju, SouthKorea.
Next day, we put our heads together and went under the operation.
I felt one thing during the operation.
There was just one artifact drop, just one artifact, but the passion and interest in Ingress of all agents who joined the operation got really high over than my willing in usual days.
But, seems that only the agents who had participated in this felt the joy and thrill fully.
So I started thinking.
‘Even though it doesn’t match with the goal of Resistance and BRRN, I have to send this artifact to Seoul.’
This artifact seemed to me like one chance.
For the one last chance.
So, I said my thought to BRRN, where helped our operations go on smoothly.
“I have one request. Can we please send this to Seoul? I have to make our agents(Both RES and ENL) enthusiastic against Ingress again. Ingress is now dying here in Korea. They're bored with normal contents. I really want to cheer them up. The artifact is our hope. Please allow my choice. Truly.”
Time passes, and the answer came.
Actually, the people who answered were not the one who manage BRRN.
They were same BRRN member just like me.
After reading my message, he told me that he had sent his thoughts to Global Team.
“A big long winded but please bear with me. Korea became quite bored with Ingress a while ago. I applaud the thought to drop an artifact there. We've made the decision as Resistance to move it to Seoul ASAP even though it is pretty Enlightened there. This decision was made NOT from a strategic standpoint, but from an Ingress standpoint. By allowing both sides to play with it for a few hours, and then upon reactivation our hope is to respark the interest of the disheartened there. I don't care if it ever makes it "home" as long as I am able to lift the spirit of the game for an entire country that is a bigger win in my book. I care about the community more than an artifact or a win.
just what I sent to the global team here, not to public or anything”
Over the game itself, I was deeply moved that they were understanding my true purpose for maintaining the real value of Ingress, and trying to support me actively.
We were talking as usual, and one said
“JY, the artifact isn't going anywhere far tonight if it jumps. Get some rest.”
So I responded
“nope, it's okay. I'm happy doing this.”
After the short silence, I got this message.
“You know, this reminds me of something that happened yesterday while at one of our local farms that was mostly grey. Another agent (and a good friend of mine) brought a new agent to help level, when we came to the farm, a low level Enlightened agent was capturing portals from his car as the temperature outside was -2C with 20kph gusts. The Enlightened agent captured what he could and left. The three of us parked, and we went with the new agent and helped him capture all the portals (39). Not once did the new agent complain, instead he was apologetic that he had to leave and couldn't field everything. That type of mentality really showcases the dedication agents have for their faction and this game, weather and distance are minor obstacles. Camaraderie and teamwork are everything. JY's desire to respark interest for both factions reminded me of this again.”
And one more.
“JY, when you speak to the Seoul Res, let them know that they are not alone, they have the backing of every Resistance agent on the planet! We ARE a team.”
I just asked them for the very personal wish, they all sympathized and started to try their best to give help. I was very impressed from my deep heart.
So, we’ll send this artifact to Seoul for everyone with a glad heart.
9 AM. March 18, 2014 in Korean Time, we’re sending this to Seoul.
Before that, we have to clear the blocking links between Busan and Seoul.
This refers that, for the successful transmission, the Enlightened and Resistance have to cooperate each other.
Resistance and Enlightened, without thinking of the faction, as we are one ‘Ingress Player’, please help this cross-faction operation.
(The specific rules related to Artifact and operation will be posted on the next notice.)
WE are not moving alone.
Behind this move, there’s a BRRN that helps our move efficient.
This is so for the Enlightened.
Head Office of Enlightened, the EHC is supporting ENL agents all around the world.
Korean Enlightened are also included.
So, you all will experience soon.
For the RESISTANCE COMMANDER :@BlizzardBlue+ BRRN!
For the ENLIGHTENED COMMANDER :@Dalikim&@DongHaerang+ EHC
Next Tuesday 9 AM.
LET THE WAR BEGIN!
WHILE BROADCASTING TO THE ENTIRE PLANET VIA INTEL MAP, LET’S FIGHT!!
Even though I can’t be on the site, I would gladly command! lol
There’s one mission for you all.
ENJOY AS MUCH AS YOU CAN!
I HOPE THIS EVENT MAKE OUR INGRESS TO BE ENERGIZED AND MAKE US BE UNITED!
Oh, there’s one thing I forgot to say!
The name of the artifact that has been dropped here is, “PROGRESSION
Korean and English translations are both included on this page.+JiYun Kim +Dean Nielson +dali kim +HaeRang Dong +Dae Hur +Ingress +Joe Philley +Brian Rose +Anne Beuttenmüller +Brandon Badger http://cafe.naver.com/ingressresistance/2079