Would You Play This Weird Alternate Reality Game by Google?

So Google is making a video game called Ingress. It's not a silly April Fools Joke but an alternate-reality game which means, like, you actually have to go out in the real world and see real things to get achievements. It's like World of Warcraft for real life. Would you play it?


It's only available on Android right now but former Google director of geo John Hanke and his Niantic Labs team (which is a start-up inside Google) told AllThingsD:

"The concept is something like World of Warcraft, where everyone in the world is playing the same game," Hanke said. Players are on one of two teams: "The Enlightened," who embrace the power, or "The Resistance," who fight the power. Anyone can play from anywhere in the world, though in more densely played areas there will be more local competition for resources.

It sounds incredibly geeky and totally nerdy but it's actually just a logical extension of gamification (ugh, I hate that word) apps, right? Would you play it? [AllThingsD via BuzzFeed]



I hope they don't have "sponsored missions". Like "c'mon into Subway and get a meatball sandwich half price."