As some may have noticed, Google launched something that is unusual for the company: A game. A mobile alternate reality game, to be precise. See allthingsd article for a bit more information. In my opinion this game is most interesting to people who are mildly interested in geo-caching. You spend most of the gaming time either looking for the right “portals” (geo-location that is an interesting place for one reason or another, many located at sculptures, murals or (more scarcely) interesting local businesses), or trying to solve the puzzles that appear in the game itself or on http://www.nianticproject.com/. I was one of the beta testers and really enjoy the game, especially in areas with more players.
As the game is most fun when people coordinate a bit, I started a google group for the munich area for one of the two teams (the enlightenment), but I will only let people enter that group who can be verified to be on that team.
On a side note: I still have a few invites to the game left, so if you are interested, please leave a comment and enter your gmail.com email address (you need a Google account to play anyway) while doing so. I will send out invites in the order I received the requests (which I admit might not always be the same in which they were submitted. First come first serve and no guarantee to get an invitation though. Your email address you enter when commenting isn’t shown to anyone and I don’t share them with anyone but the game (and thus Google).
EDIT: So short time went past, but I already ran out of invites (note that I didn’t approve comments that really only were like “please send me an invite”, but still did sent one out). Feel free to still ask me for an invite, I will send some out as I get new ones, but this might take anything between a few days and some weeks.
PS: For the lucky ones who got invites: You don’t strictly need to do the training offered when you start the game for the first time, but I strongly encourage you to do so.
PPS: I’m opening my group to any enlightened players in Germany. I will share some useful information about some game details there in the near future (nothing company confidential of course, just information anyone can gather in the game or from the published information).
EDIT: As noted before, I don’t have any more invites to give away. As I still get like 4 requests for invites per day, and now have more than 30 unfulfilled requests pending (with no new invites to give in sight), I’m now disabling comments.
Disclaimer: I work for Google since a few months ago, but this post solely represents my own opinions and hasn’t been endorsed by Google in any way.
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