If you’re just joining us here and don’t know what “an Ingress” is, head over to the last post Signs That You May Take Ingress Too Seriously
With the Cassandra Anomaly ending this past weekend, I think it’s appropriate to add a few more thoughts on this topic. While everyday game play is enough to bring out our inner mega frog or super smurf, the anomaly certainly pumped a lot of us up even more.
Keep in mind before you get offended that most of these are not only based on real life, but are things I might have been guilty of myself. I completely believe in self-examination and even laughing at oneself. Laughter is pretty cool stuff.
The Casandra anomaly was the highlight of your summer. You’re not sure what to do with yourself now. Farm?
You farmed so much for gear before and after the anomaly that the ache in your fingers and neck could be described as a new disease: Ingress Arthritis.
If you ran out of gear at the anomaly, you started engaging the other faction in polite small talk to distract them. While it hurt to talk to “the enemy”, it was worth it!
You convincingly spoke to the actors playing characters in Ingress as of they were their characters were real and we all lived in the world of Ingress. You didn’t do this because you’re a good actor. You asked them to help if they were sympathizers or agents for your faction. Otherwise, you argued for them to come over to “the right side”. You interrogated them for Intel about things in the story, what things meant and how they felt about things, to the point where the actor felt sure they were going to muck something up (“Uh… line?”).
You resolve to work on your cardio, but only so that next anomaly you can move between portals more quickly.
You documented the whole experience with detailed notes, analysis, and conclusions (completely with glossary, spreadsheets, more spreadsheets, etc.) so that your faction can be more effective next time and to pass Intel to your faction in other Casandra anomaly cities.
You biked 150 miles in one day to help erect a mega field for your faction in a different city.
You got so pumped for the anomaly and your team, that you started shouting orders at them like a quarterback. Your loud mouth and gestures did coach Sue Sylvester from Glee proud. You feel great satisfaction that you were able to get your whole team to move from one area to another particular area.
You got so disgusted by the quarterback type shouting from the other faction, that you and your team mates took several pot shots at the other team after calmly telling your own team, “This way, smart people,” and moving along.
You were confused for a minute when the latest Anomaly battle result wasn’t in the regular news headlines. -Submitted by UsernameCensored
On anomaly day, I looked at the sky and briefly panicked when I saw that it was blue. I thought for sure that the Resistance had put up a mega-field and we were going to lose horribly. -Submitted by Agent Danbsmitbo
You ‘ban’ someone from real life because he requested a faction change to the opposing faction. -Submitted by just some dude
You spend a good amount of time coming up with catchy operation names so that your G+ invites will sound cooler than “walking in a circle for an hour or so”.
Your faction propaganda is distributed via glossy, printed media that looks on par if not better than most art gallery promotions.
You leave your own birthday dinner to go outside and see who is wrecking your nearby portals.
Ingress events for your faction are usually followed by another Ingress event in the same day/night.
You get 3am portal attack notifications from an agent who lives at least 50 miles away. You still refuse to turn the sound off on your phone while you sleep at night.
There is some public record of a post office that doesn’t actually exist. This post office is on your living room, and you think it’s awesome.
Your local players get so bored they decide to create a third cross faction unofficial team called “team grey”.
Lingo of the Land
Ingress definitions of words become the default instead of the definitions used by the general public.
Ding is not the sound a bell makes, but instead has something to do with reaching new levels.
Capturing MU has nothing to do with chasing around cows.
You refer to yourself as an agent even though your work in a regular office building.
“Thinking with portals” still applies, but has less to do with cake and lies.
Hacking isn’t difficult. You just tap a touch screen a few times.
Power comes in cubes.
XM is not satellite radio. Actually, we’re not really sure what it is.
“Drop rate” is not morbid. It refers to items, not bodies. (“Boom! Head shot! …just kidding.)
Farming has nothing to do with plants or soil, though patience is still involved.
You consider it normal to burn farms often, sometimes the same one twice in one day. – Submitted by Agent Kiashien
Sponges are people, but they don’t live in a pineapples under the sea.
There is more than one female Smurf in the world. -Submitted by Agent Kiashien
Getting a virus is a good thing. -Submitted by Agent Kiashien