Sunday, February 7, 2016

Ingress: Why I Don't Play In Winter

For those who haven't seen my other Ingress posts or who aren't familiar with the mobile game, it's essentially a GPS-based capture the flag with two teams worldwide (yes, for the entire planet, just two teams).

The game is intended to be played while walking, bicycling, or using public transportation, but that hasn't stopped many players, especially those further from dense population centers for hopping in their personal automobiles and tottering all over town, spending gas like ti grows on trees.

While I'll admit to doing some of this of my own, albeit mostly just a winding, out-of-the-way route when coming home from work, I have to draw the line somewhere. I find it particularly negligent to instigate that sort of behavior in poor weather, which is why, if there's a "flag" in the middle of a busy intersection that I can't safely "snipe" as I pass by, I'm not going to park my car on the side of the road to try to capture it, not ever. And I take vacation days during dense fog, snow, sleet, high winds, and any other form of inclement weather you can think of.

The game just isn't worth it.

Besides which, I can't hardly play the same game day in and day out all year round. That's just boring.

Read my other posts about Ingress

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