Not Playing Innocent, But Neither Am I Guilty - Your Honor.
May 8, 2014 morning, the day when most Ingress agents rejoiced for the rolling out of access level 9-16, I got an email from NIA-OPS, that I've been terminated
from Ingress, due to: "Section 2. Use of the Products - Permissions and Restrictions. This includes, but is not limited to, falsifying your location, using emulators, modified or unofficial software and/or accessing Ingress clients or backends in an unauthorized manner including through the use of third party software."
Now, let's go bottom up on this:
0. Using 3rd party software:
I may have used apps to notify septi-cycles' checkpoints, apps to calculate portal link length for given resonator levels & link amps and the likes. None of them uses any privileged data fetched from Ingress' servers, and are implementations of simple arithmetic/logic - anyone can work that out with pen & paper - the apps are just an automation. I fail to consider if they are of any trouble.
1. Tampering with scanner or backend response:
I'm capable of, but haven't yet given it a try. Doesn't seem too tricky or unmanageable - thus, not too interesting to try.
2. Using Emulators:
Not at all interesting. No, haven't tried them. Have seen people doing, and wasn't fascinated.
3. Falsifying location:
Capable of; and perhaps one of the rare few agents who can confidently manage to spoof on Android 4.4. But, my trials were purely theoretical, non-crucial to player/cell-score & once I got the formula/procedure figured, I lost interest on that too. I'm fairly certain, that I've never used falsifying location to gain any gameplay advantage.
So, all in all, do I know how the cheating works in Ingress - oh, yes! I'm Enlightened for XMs sake... knowing is my business, and business it good. Have I used those knowledge to gain unfair advantages in the game? No.
Unlike many Ingress agents, I didn't choose my faction depending on the available choice of color (in fact, Green isn't). For me it's a philosophy, a manifesto that I've been day-dreaming since my late childhood - handcrafting the advent of a superior sentience... whoa!
Knowing right AND wrong, & then being able to make the correct choice is my modus operandi (and I wish to believe, that's the case with most Enlightened agents).To All:
I am a Platform Evangelist by passion & profession, and I travel a lot. Most frequently between Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi & Kolkata, if within India. FWIW, I also lead the Mozilla Location Service in India (http://blog.mozillaindia.org/889
) - I understand the theory & in practice how the approximate location data-collection & triangulation work (& how spoofed data doesn't help it). Yes, my monthly travel itineraries are quite odd for most normal people.
It's difficult to understand what was the exact reason (rather, a false-positive) to get me terminated from the game, but if I'm to guess - it must have been mass-report from Resistance India due to my last month's ops & a couple of mega-fields. All of which were made me, were legit gameplay.
Although a shot in the dark, but if
I was reported for the airport mega-fields, then check out the attached image of my recent boarding passes available right now in my backpack. Also, as the local Agent 47, summoned to take down difficult to access portals, I most often take videos, pics as trophies after taking down links/fields (for. e.g. http://youtu.be/KCBbMEJ9wQY
), but only if I knew which one I'm being charged for, perhaps I'd be able to provide more precise proof(s).To Resistance India:
I've been a part of Enlightened India, came to know some great folks & top of the line agents & communicated with them frequently. I can assure you all (RES veterans, spreading the FUD & RES noobs digesting it): Enlightened India has never advocated spoofing. Unlike you, we don't have any secret spoofer recruitment+training hangout-groups to brainwash the prospective
new agents after crossing level 5. Saying any more on that topic will reveal my Confidential Informants' details, and I don't want that; I just wanna make a point that: yes, I know how you operate and believe it or not - Enlightened Agents, at least in India, want to play fair - that's why the Khandwa, Hubli-Dharwad links stay up for weeks. Unlike y'all, we don't use suicidal double accounts to break them.
But let's go with data... have y'all noticed that the most literate states in India are Enlightened dominated? And the states/regions/cities with illiteracy, rape-violence, female-foeticide, religious-extremism etc. are dominated by Resistance! It'll be a fascinating infographics, if somebody makes one... ain't? :)
With me banned, hope y'all sleep better, for there will be one less (inter)national key-mule & less prospective long-distance OPs. And if any of you with self-respect, who have reported me, just because it was a request from the Resistance India, or as a herd-conformity - be ashamed, be very ashamed.
I am notorious. I am vicious. I get into dog-fights of 1:3 & still manage to win it. I get wildly vocal on COMM. But I don't need to employ cheating to get ahead of the curve.
Even more curiously, I also don't report cheating resistance players. So far I've only reported once, and that too, just to know how the reporting procedure works. Reporting Resistance for cheating is oxymoronical. Given a choice of knowledge vs. fear, y'all chose fear (or, were too ignorant to understand the terms) - that tells me all about you. I know what people, who are driven by fear, can and will do. I don't need to go to an authority, reporting you and crying for justice. I know I'm better.To NIA-OPS:
Having a dark-veil around increases curiosity, no doubt. The inconsistencies & magic-factor of portal acceptance etc. aren't fatal and thus although unacceptable to me, I'd bear with that as a gamification-veil-of-awesome.
But when shit gets serious, when it's about virtually executing
an agent from your ecosystem, one should expect a fair trial. A canned email, containing no real charge is all there is to convict & execute someone - how medieval witch-hunt is that!To Enlightened India:
I was suggested to open a new account, and play again. Only, I won't. Seems like an acceptable compromise/solution to many, but sounds ridiculous to me - how, in pursuit of fighting cheating, NIA is encouraging parallel double-accounts for smarter agents, enabling easier switch in case of an account ban - one word to condemn it: lel.
So, to be precise, I have authority issues & I don't compromise. Either NIA unbans my account, or good bye Ingress & thanks for all the fish.Epilogue:
My badges can be taken down, but that doesn't make any less of a person that I am. Makes me think of Al Pachino's legendary speech in the Scent of A Woman (http://youtu.be/RUE4v1rUpSM
), but I don't think NIA is capable of amputating my spirit. One day, Ingress will be a passé, but I will not.
Yes, I am a proud narcissistic jackass; and you'd discover, which is probably the biggest blocker for me to cheat in game. I feed on my pride, and cheating doesn't make me feel proud. If I have to use cheating to win, I'll feel very uncomfortable & ashamed of myself.
I demand a fair trial. I demand to be charged with particular offenses I've supposedly have committed. I demand to be able to produce alibis & documents to prove that I'm not guilty. Go ahead and do public shaming, if I am - I'd probably do so myself if NIA doesn't do it enough, if I'm really guilty.
If we needed an unquestionable authority to worship, there are plenty of long-standing Abrahamic religions. Convince me, why do we need NIA-OPS for that again?+Ingress +Ingress Enlightened +Ingress Resistance (Unofficial) +Ingress Enlightened India +Ingress Resistance India