So, because of the explosive popularity of this site, I have not had much time myself to go out and play. A co-worker and I got out today and discovered a few things that concerned me about the game play of Ingress. These issues, I think will cause people to play the game in a fashion that seems illogical, so I am writing this post to request change to the game play from Niantic Labs. If you agree with my requests in this post, please share this post with as many people as you can so that we can get Google's attention.
Requests for Change
Enable earning of Action Points (AP) for support actions:
I work in Uptown Charlotte and the area is predominantly Resistance, so much so, that there isn't an Enlightened portal to be found. Initially, I am thinking this is awesome, this is Resistance land! Then I realized, I am not earning ANY AP to support the ground we have already claimed. This was a huge disappointment. One reason I like Battlefield 3, is that experience and rewards are given to all players in the game, regardless of their role. Pilots of vehicles get experience for every kill their gunner gets. Medics get experience for reviving other players. Support get experience for providing ammo to teammates. This concept is completely missing in Ingress at the moment.
Activities you will not receive AP for include:
- Hacking one of your own faction's portals
- Upgrading a resonator to a more powerful resonator
- Recharging resonators
This game play is causing players to find ways around not being able to level up by removing shields and adding new ones in their place and other activities that decrease, well the fun of the game.
Limit passcodes to those who have acquired its source media:
This will allow sites like mine, to still list all of the individual passcodes available without diluting the importance of media. You can even have rare pieces of media offer passcodes that yield more and better items.
Players have found that if you drop your portal key, you can hack the portal to get a new one, then pickup the portal key you dropped previously. This is an exploit and should be fixed as it alters the game dynamics that were originally intended.
That's it for my RFC, if you don't agree with me on any of these, please mention why in the comments below.-lunger