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Official Site: Ingress
Studio: Niantic Labs/Google
Launch Date: December 15, 2013
Genre: Augmented Reality Game (ARG)
Business Model: F2P
Platform: iOS, Android

The MOP Up: MMOs make math fun (March 5, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week we have stories and videos from FortniteWar ThunderArmored WarfareNeverwinterMabinogi DuelPokemon GoProdigyGuild Wars 2HellionIngressOld School RuneScapeWildStarDota 2, and Final Fantasy XIV, all waiting for you after the break!

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Niantic cracks down on third-party sales in Ingress

Stop cheating, you cheating cheaters, or else we're gonna take your stuff.

That's the gist of the message out of Niantic this week to Ingress players. The studio perhaps better known for thwarting cheaters in its other ARG, Pokemon Go, isn't taking any crap from its sci-fi players either and is cracking down on third-party trading.

"We will be sending warnings to anyone who received items that can be traced back to a third-party seller. In the future, we will remove items from the game that were purchased from unauthorized sellers. This means that any items purchased through third-party websites or services will disappear from inventories - even if these items were passed to other players unknowingly."

Here's a peek at the letter sent to miscreants -- and to their unwitting victims, as it appears simply acquiring anything that passed through such a vendor's hands will also be deleted:

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Pokemon Go: 650M downloads, update cadence, and Ingress 2.0

There's lots going on with Pokemon Go right now, thanks in part to the official Pokemon Day that kicked off the week. Here's a quick look:

  • This week through March 6th, players can find special birthday-hat-bedecked Pikachu, which you must definitely go get because, um, birthday-hat-bedecked Pikachu.
  • Niantic CTO Phil Keslin told GDC-goers that Pokemon Go has now been downloaded 650 million times globally -- the first 500 million downloads of which were within the first two months of the game's launch last summer.
  • Niantic CEO John Hanke told interviewers at the Mobile World Conference that POGO is due to receive three more major updates this year, one each quarter. Presumably, Gen 2 counts for quarter one.

As part of the same interview, Hanke basically announced Ingress 2.0: "I can announce that there will be Ingress 2.0, and that it'll come out at the end of this year. It will be a totally new version, something very important for the current players of Ingress, but for the new ones too. We've already got other projects, but unfortunately I can't talk about them."

Source: Official site, Gamasutra, Reddit. Cheers, Nordavind!

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The MOP Up: Hearthstone gets ready to banish dozens of cards (February 19, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week we have stories and videos from Overwatch, League of LegendsEVE OnlineMabinogi DuelSpace EngineersIngressEternal CrusadeElder Scrolls OnlineFinal BladeHearthstoneGod Eater OnlineDrakensang Online, and EVE Valkyrie, all waiting for you after the break!

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Pokémon Go was 50 times as successful as Niantic anticipated

Depending on your level and direction of nerdiness, you may be interested in this interview with Niantic's Director of Software Engineering Edward Wu. Wu talks about how Pokémon Go grew out of the success of Ingress and Google's cloud services but ended up being a much, much larger beast than even the team anticipated.

"So just to give you the sheer sense of scale-- I mean, it's almost beyond comprehension, you know, the collective effort that people have put into not only playing this game. But actually when you think about all that walking, is the exercise and exploration, and meeting of new people that they've done in the midst of it. From a more technical perspective, to give you an idea of how much bigger this was than what we expected, it was roughly 50 times greater than the capacity that we actually had planned for at launch," Wu said.

Wu said that over 88 billion Pokémon have been caught so far, with the playerbase collectively walking far enough to shoot past Pluto. Rumor is, Mewtwo is hanging out there and can be caught by the most determined player astronauts.

Source: Google Cloud Platform Podcast. Thanks Nordavind!

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Ten life lessons I learned from the Asheron's Call series

As Asheron's Call 1 & 2 are going offline shortly, I thought I might give it a final send-off with a list of things I learned from the series. Maybe it's cheesy, but I really did grow up in Dereth. Some kids get their life lessons from sports, girl/boy scouts, farm life, church life, alien abduction camp life, and so on, but I learned a lot with the help of the AC series and the people I played with. I'll focus on 10 life lessons learned from the Asheron's Call series, but trust me, it's more than that.

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The MOP Up: Christmas in a warzone (December 25, 2016)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week, Warface brought a little holiday cheer into its relentless warzones. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Overwatch, Elder Scrolls Online, Minecraft, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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The MOP Up: Hearthstone cruises down some Mean Streets (December 4, 2016)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week Hearthstone released its Mean Streets of Gadgetzan expansion, making all of us wish that World of Warcraft had a town like this. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from VaingloryIngressFinal Fantasy XI, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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The MOP Up: Wurm Online cooks up a hearty Thanksgiving meal (November 20, 2016)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week Wurm Online players will be celebrating the long-awaited arrival of the cooking update. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from EverQuestOverwatchEVE Online, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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Ingress player infiltrates, exposes UK cheater ring

Niantic has two games running right now, Pokemon Go and Ingress, both of which suffer significant bouts of cheating, particular in the form of players who run scripts to "spoof" their locations, thereby allowing them to take far more territory in a shorter span of time than the augmented reality games intend. And while Niantic's been fairly proactive in shutting down cheating in Pokemon Go (to the point of hindering innocents), Ingress players have decided to take matters into their own hands.

According to UK-based Ingress group UK Enlightened, a UK player recently posed as a cheater to infiltrate a cheating ring, collecting all the information needed to expose said ring and then turning it over to the group for presentation to Niantic.

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The MOP Up: The Black Death's knights vs. outlaws (October 2, 2016)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week knights and outlaws squared off in The Black Death. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Final Fantasy XIV, Destiny, Master X Master, World of Warcraft, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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Meridian 59 continues to influence online games 20 years later

Twenty years ago this week, Meridian 59 shed its beta trappings and officially released as one of the very first graphical MMORPGs on the market. While larger and slicker games have certainly followed, M59's presence made a significant impact on the development of the genre, including the birth of Ingress and Pokemon Go.

"I had a chance to soak in the early days of MMOs and some of the first online guilds that got formed and watching the whole social dynamic of that type of game emerge in the early days," Niantic founder John Hanke said in a July interview. "That experience was definitely at the front of my mind whenever the concept for Ingress was being created. It was really very simply to take that MMO experience and hopefully the social-team cooperative gameplay element to that and bring it out into the real world."

For more Meridian 59 memories, check our Game Archaeologist retrospective of this long-running MMO!

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The MOP Up: Revelation Online's fashion show (September 4, 2016)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week we got some fashion tips from the upcoming Revelation Online. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Star Trek OnlineDiablo III, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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