Google Makes Augmented Reality MMORPG To Play IRL

November 16, 2012


Because real life is boring when you're not staring at a phone, Google has created Ingress, an augmented reality "Warcraft like" MMORPG that's played in real life through an Android app. I'm not sure how I feel about it EXCEPT I AM GOING TO F***ING WIN. I played SimCity, I know what's up.

Our future is at stake. And you must choose a side.

A mysterious energy has been unearthed by a team of scientists in Europe. The origin and purpose of this force is unknown, but some researchers believe it is influencing the way we think. We must control it or it will control us.

"The Enlightened" seek to embrace the power that this energy may bestow upon us.

"The Resistance" struggle to defend, and protect what's left of our humanity.

Ingress transforms the real world into the landscape for a global game of mystery, intrigue, and competition.

Move through the real world using your Android device and the Ingress app to discover and tap sources of this mysterious energy. Acquire objects to aid in your quest, deploy tech to capture territory, and ally with other players to advance the cause of the Enlightened or the Resistance.

Oh man, I wonder if the game is going to lead to any real-life battles between factions. Because THAT -- that I would like to see on Youtube. I say you and I join the Resistance. I, of course, will be our brave but incompetent leader. And our first quest is going to be... "Let me guess -- raiding the liquor store?" It's our only hope for survival.

Hit the jump for a teaser commercial thingy.

Thanks to Cam, josh, Branky and Slytherin (boo!), who don't need augmented reality MMORPGs because they always drive their cars like they're playing Twisted Metal. Okay you people terrify me.

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