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It has been more than two years since the mobile game known as Ingress was introduced to the world by Niantic Labs, a subsidiary of Google and despite being a small nation, Sri Lanka has played a noticeable role in worldwide gameplay. It is quite rare to see a gaming community step up to carry out community service activities for the benefit of all society in the interest of humanity. Ingress as a community based social gaming experience encourages an initiative called #MissionsForGood, with local players meeting up for community activities to help charities and so on. As a growing gaming community, Enlightened Sri Lanka have stepped forward, gathering themselves through the Ingress gaming network to help save real lives by organizing a blood donation campaign, with aim of doing something good for the people of the country.

Blood is an important and very rare resource in terms of life. Local hospitals occasionally face difficulties in finding various blood types to cater to various severe situations that occur in hospitals to meet the needs of patients. Therefore the need for blood arises daily and the Sri Lankan Enlightened community decided to pull off this event to help maintain the blood transfusion capacity within the country. The Sri Lankan Ingress community currently consists of 200 or more active players scattered across the island and we expect more than 100 eligible donors for this blood drive. This is an open invitation for everyone who wishes to donate for this worthy cause to join us.

Here is the information regarding the Ingress Blood Donation.
Date: Saturday, 17th of October 2015.
Venue: National Blood Transfusion Center, Narahenpita.
Time: Starting at 8.30 AM and will end around 3.30 PM.

FB Event page – Click here

Please spread the word and gather as many people as possible to help in saving lives.

Ingress Blood Drive

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Ingress is a location based mobile game popular among Sri Lankan youngsters and it now has its own community that keeps growing each day. This game has two teams or say two factions, the ‘Enlightened’ and the ‘Resistance’. The game is all about destroying enemy builds and territories, claiming them to your team and expand your faction’s ground area by actually traveling places around the country and world using mobile phones.

For the Enlightened faction, some of the agents (players) came up with a team activity to increase motivation and enthusiasm of Enlightened members. In January 2014, there was a global event organized for the Enlightened agents around the world to actively participate in Ingress as a motivational and an effort of uplifting the Enlightened network and statistics in a global scale. It was named after Summer Olympic games and the event was ultimately launched as ‘Ingress Enlightened Olympics’ that had nine Ingress related activities which were matched to the exact Olympic sport names.

Inspired by the internationally organized ‘Ingress Enlightened Olympics’ event, those Sri Lankan Enlightened agents was able to organize and execute the first ever Ingress competition called ‘ENL Games LK’ in Sri Lanka for the local Enlightened community.  (ENL for Enlightened)
After weeks of elaborate planning and discussions, they successfully finished the said community build up project ‘ENL Games LK 2014’, an event that commenced on 22nd of August and ended on the 29th. Sri Lankan Enlightened agents who participated in this event had shown their game skills in various ways and they played very enthusiastically to compete against each other to win places. But ultimately it was team play, enthusiasm to level up and mind blowing stats that decorated agent profiles.
The eight-day event consisted of the following ten Ingress sporting events.
  1. Sprint - Gain maximum points during one hour.
  2. Marathon - Gain maximum points during the Games week.
  3. Hurdles - Create the highest number of control fields during the Games week.
  4. Relay - Make the highest number of overlapping control fields as a team of two to three Enlightened agents.
  5. Shooting - Score the largest points gain from a single attack on an enemy portal.
  6. Boxing - Highest energy loss through attacking an enemy portal.
  7. Long Jump - Make the longest link inside Sri Lanka during the Games period.
  8. Triple Jump - Create the largest control field by geographic area.
  9. Javelin - Create the largest control field measured in Mind Units.
  10. Taekwondo - Highest points gained for destroying enemy resonators, links and control fields during the Games week.
From among all the participants, only twenty two agents could make their way to the top ranks in the leaderboard at the end of this event. A community meetup was held at Independence Square on 30th of August to mark the end of this event to give away prizes to those Enlightened participants who won in aforementioned ten events. The meetup ended with a farming session (excessive walks around several high level portal clusters to gain more items beneficial for the game play by hacking them), to strengthen solidarity among agents and spotted new faces too.
As a whole, ENL Games LK 2014 was a huge success for Sri Lankan Enlightened community and it wouldn’t have been this successful without the organizing team and the judges who worked till late night finalizing scores.
ENL Games Prizes

ENL Games Prizes

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ENL Games LK 2014 Stats Infographic

ENL Games LK 2014 Stats Infographic

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Ingress is a mobile game made for Android handsets that needs more physical strength to play than any other mobile game. It is a game not only for men but also for women. If you are a member of any Sri Lankan Ingress community, you may find how low the number of female appearances are and you will realize how important it is to have a good blend of men and women in a team since Ingress is not for lonely and male players.

Women too are as important as men in this society and so too in cyber world. As a result of the vast penetration of information technology to the masses, it made local women more powerful on par with equally skilled men here today. Sri Lankan Ingress community is a good stage to show off women’s power to the world, because Ingress is a globally recognized mobile game played by millions of people around the world.

It has now grown up with female players from both factions, say the Enlightened (Green) team and the Resistance (Blue) team. Two months after the International Women’s day, when one of the renowned Sri Lankan Ingress team was able to secure the Colombo cell in Interitus global anomaly, they have once again made a big leap by taking the initiative to gather all local female players of Enlightened faction together who have been individually playing Ingress to make the first ever ladies only Ingress portal in Sri Lanka on 23rd of May at Independence Square, Colombo. This attempt could clearly highlight the female power of Sri Lankan Enlightened team and it was a 100% Sri Lankan effort without the aid of any foreign players.

Eight ladies from Enlightened team who made the first female only portal in Sri Lanka.
Agents @anuRoX, @SuperNando, @lightwillow, @doomblastic, @unsalgado, @tizzyrubix, @Kveykva, @Zensus
(not shown in order) participated for this meetup.

First female only portal in Sri Lanka

First female only portal in Sri Lanka

 

In Ingress, portals are the main base of the game and they are described as statues, unique architectures, special outdoor buildings, historical places, monuments and places of worship. Therefore players have to physically travel near such portals. Hacking a portal provides beneficial items to players and the ownership of a portal can be claimed by attacking a portal owned by the enemy team. That is called capturing a portal. To capture, a player has to deploy up to eight resonators to give life to a portal. These eight resonators can either be placed by one player or a group of eight players.

Some chit chat during the Enlightened women’s meetup

Unlike in other countries, Sri Lankan Enlightened and Resistance teams are mostly male dominated and due to day-night traveling around the country and lack of understandability on first sight, there is a difficulty of attracting women towards Ingress. Having such a situation, the Enlightened team was able to recruit local female players to their faction and the final outcome was making the first ever female only portal following the aforementioned way by placing eight resonators by eight Sri Lankan ladies. This attempt has brought so much public recognition plus honor to Sri Lankan women and it was a better attempt of inviting more women to play Ingress.

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Last week was a tremendous and a tiring week for the Sri Lankan Ingress community because for the first time ever Colombo was selected as a connected cell for the global anomaly called Interitus 02 by Ingress. It was a 31 septacycle (checkpoint) mission or simply put 31 battles against the opponent faction to win the anomaly that might add 20 points to the respective faction globally. Unlike all other Ingress cycles monitored by Google, this main cycle of 5 hour 31 checkpoints made both Sri Lankan Enlightened and Resistance teams work harder than ever before and those who participated had poured a tremendous effort to make their team win this and ultimately Sri Lankan Enlightened team got the chance to win the anomaly for Colombo.

For those who do not know what Ingress is, briefly it is a location based strategic augmented reality game introduced by Google that needs an Android smartphone with GPS and an internet connection in which the player has to physically travel from place to place and capture ground areas for their team/faction making fields by linking portals such as statues, archaeological buildings, and unique signs around the country. The more you cover the more points for the faction according to the population density of the covered area. And the tactics can immensely increase or multiply those area points called ‘Mind Units (MUs)’ by using multilayering fields across the ground.

Ingress Interitus final marks

End of the 31 battles across the country to cover the biggest area inside Colombo cell globally known as AS10-GOLF-01, local players from both teams had to travel around Sri Lanka to execute their quick and massive plans several times during the past week that cost time, sweat, thirst, travelling costs, fines and injuries too. If you need to know how precious a minute is, you have to play Ingress and see how it counts to the final decision of who won the cycle with how much score. For this, both teams, Enlightened and Resistance kept communications with India and Maldives players to cover Colombo cell by making bigger fields with multiple layers. This sort of work needs so much planning and final moment decisions when executing plans or to mitigate risks from the opponent team, which might turn the whole situation upside down.

Sri Lankan Enlightened cross-country mega field made with India

Sri Lankan Enlightened cross-country mega field made with India

However Enlightened team in Sri Lanka managed to create multilayer cross-country fields connecting Ambalangoda, Bible Rock and Coimbatore in India, plus some inland fields covering one fifth of the country with the help of Indian players, adding around 20 million mind units (points) at the very first battle to the Enlightened team and the team was lucky enough to repeat the same plan twice more to keep Resistance team behind the winning line. Knowing that, Resistance team too planned and executed various missions to block Enlightened from making mega fields and their plans too were blocked by Enlightened many times. However Resistance team came up with a massive mind unit gain plan by connecting Jaffna, Udawalawe and Maldives covering half of the country, but just a few minutes before the Google’s checkpoint (two checkpoints before the last around 0630 hrs), a lower level Enlightened player managed to destroy the 20 million worth cross-country fields letting the Resistance team lose their last hope of winning. Both teams tried hard to block and distract opponent plans in many ways that lead many players run here and there across the country sacrificing time, money and sweat.

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So we wish all the best to both the teams for taking part in this global anomaly by shedding tears and sweat to win against opponent team by carrying out mission after mission. Congratulations to the Sri Lankan Enlightened team for securing the Colombo (AS10-GOLF-01) cell for the Enlightened faction.

Download Ingress from Play Store here.

Read more about growing Ingress community in Sri Lanka here.

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Ingress is a real life location based augmented reality game, developed by NianticLabs@Google.

Recently the Ingress activity has seen some momentum in Sri Lanka, specially in Colombo suburbs and in Kandy. There are many activities detected all over the country.

The gameplay consists of establishing “portals” at places of public art, landmarks, cenotaphs, etc., and linking them to create virtual triangular fields over geographic areas. Progress in the game is measured by the number of Mind Units, i.e. people, nominally controlled by each faction (as illustrated on the Intel Map). The necessary links between portals may range from meters to kilometers, or to hundreds of kilometers in operations of considerable logistical complexity. International links and fields are not uncommon, as Ingress has attracted an enthusiastic following in cities worldwide amongst both young and old, to the extent that the gameplay is itself a lifestyle for some, including tattoos.

Ingress in Sri Lanka

Ingress in Sri Lanka

A possible portal looks like this:

Portal

So there are two teams known as Resistance(Blue) and Enlightened(Green). And they fight over capturing and establishing their strong hold around the cities.

Players actually need to go to the real location marked on the map to interact with a portal. So it really is a time consuming and tiresome game, but a good game if you are traveling in vehicle and you often get caught in traffic.

So each player has a user level, which increases with the activities you do in Ingress. So people destroy portals and capture an enemy portal and do all those other stuff to gain point and to level up. The higher level player gets the liberty of using more powerful weapons and items.

Also there is a real time COMM chat system, helping each faction to communicate with each others and to get real time update on what is happening around them in Ingress.

Resistance Meetup near Word Trade Centre. Photo credit - Thilanka Niroshana

Resistance Meetup near Word Trade Centre. Photo credit – Thilanka Niroshana

Also people become friends with same faction and they do get together often not only to meet but also to engage  in larger missions and fun stuffs. Going on trips to unveil hidden and unknown portals and create control fields to show their power are really fun.

Here is some of major Ingress operations that went over the country to capture large area of land by both factions.

Operation – From North with Love
Faction – Resistance
Reference - https://plus.google.com/+GaveenPrabhasara/posts/9LE8KwPHaNh
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Operation – Coast2Coast
Faction – Enlightened
Reference – https://plus.google.com/118118346515377811509/posts/PCEbg4EKqF1

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✮ Top Game of 2013 at Google Play Player’s Choice Awards.
✮ Best Android Strategy Game Runner-up at Android Central Best of 2013 Awards
✮ One of the Best Android Apps of 2013 – Gizmag

Resource : Ingress Sri Lanka G+ Community , Ingress Official Site

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