You’ll recall I mentioned the game Ingress a few weeks ago, a game from Google that one plays with an Android smartphone (“scanner”) using Google maps of the real world. I had given up getting an invitation to the closed beta from my son and signed up for one at Ingress.com. Yesterday I finally got the code from my son and an invitation from Ingress (only 2 or 3 days from sign-up to invitation, so the “closed” beta isn’t very closed anymore).
Per my promise to my son, I joined the Enlightened rather than the Resistance, and today I ventured out to pick up some “XM” — exotic matter — and start learning how to help turn my little part of the world an Enlightened green. It was all very interesting, and no doubt will become moreso as I gain experience.
If I gain experience.
It turns out I can barely see the display on my phone when I’m outdoors. It’s great indoors, and pretty good in the car. But if I’m standing outside under the open sky, I really can’t see the display well enough to know for sure what I’m doing. Whether this is the result of my last-generation phone or my last-generation eyes, I can’t say. But at best it will make the game more difficult and less fun, and at worst, impossible.
I was prepared for the steep learning curve and frustration I endure with any new game. I was not prepared for being unable to see the game at all.