What is Ingress and how it can benefit you?

What is Ingress?

Ingress is location-based augmented reality game for iOS and Android. With interesting and long story behind it. During 2012 researchers in CERN discover that the Earth was seeded with “Exotic Matter”, or XM. This substance has been associated with the Shapers, a mysterious phenomenon or alien race which is neither described nor seen.

Тwo factions emerge after this, The Enlightened who believe that their actions will lead the humanity next chapter in it’s evolution and The Resistance who believes that it’s protecting the humanity from Shapers influence.

The game play consists of capturing “portals” at places of cultural significance or historical sites, for example: public art, landmarks, monuments, etc., by deploying resonators at neutral (white/gray) or friendly portals, or using Bursters to take down enemy portals.

How to play is out of the scope of this post, but if you choose to install the game you will be presented with short tutorial.

TL;DR: It’s giant game of Capture the Flag 🙂

Why I play Ingress?

It’s Time to Move

That was the thing which I liked the most, one more reason to go outside, more on its benefits later on. It was like some kind of force pushing me and whispering me: meet your city, see it, love it. Well… I did it. For 7 months active playing few hours a day, I manage to make 1800 km, some days I was reaching 25km a day, seeing places and things which were always there, but I didn’t notice them. I learned a lot of history for people and places in the process, even dared to take adventures which I otherwise won’t do.

Now the actual benefits of walking
1. Reduces stress levels. If you don’t take the game seriously, it could help you to overcome your creative problem, to allow you to see them with “different” eyes. Preferably in a natural setting but you know we have to work with what we have, so the park is good too 🙂
2. It makes energy. It seems like a paradox, but a brisk walk is one of the best natural energizers around. It boosts circulation and increases oxygen supply to each and every cell in your body, helping you to feel more alert and alive.
3. Makes you happy. Exercising have the ability to boost your mood. According to studies, moderate-intensity exercise like brisk walk can be effective as antidepressants in some cases of mild to moderate depressions. So be more active, it’s good for you 🙂
4. A good walk can help you strengthen and shape your legs, giving great definition to calves, quads, hamstrings and lifting your glutes and if you really pay attention to your posture as you walk, it can tone your abs and whittle your waist, too.
5. It’s good for your brain.

The Adventures & Friends
The adventures are many, the friends even more. Visiting cities all over Bulgaria was the beginning, we did go even further. With friends we traveled to Macedonia, Serbia & Greece, met new people, learned a bit of history from here and there and had great time with awesome people.

Now, after I told you this long-long story, however, because lately often happens to explain Ingress, I decided to use my most favourite application Grafio, and surprisingly enough I am one of the developers, to make the Infographic below to let me tell this story more easily, so long story even shorter – see the words in their visual beauty.

The infographic itself isn’t something new, it’s insipered from similar one published in 2012 for 2 years of Ingress release.

Ingress Infographic