Good afternoon I am an Ingress "cheater". I realize that many of you are already upset at hearing that someone is openly admitting to cheating. Now hear me out as I chose to cheat in order to play this game more enjoyably.
I picked up this game after being BLASTED by an advertisement when I opened my Droid Ultra. I was very Leary to play as I am not quick to join in on the nerd fest games and found the premise to be quite "LARP" like, especially when you travel to "Anomaly" events and have meetups with all of your "Ingress" friends.
But I turned the game on, and found it fun to "DRIVE" around and capture portals, submit photos, create new portals etc. I also found it interesting to use the comm to get to know the people in the area who were playing and learn from them.
But my playing the game lead to near disaster while visiting a "big city". See I travel for work, And any given week, I could be anywhere in the United States or elsewhere. Which creates a challenge in and of itself as Ingress sees me traveling and thinks I am already cheating as I may leave one area and be in another as I got on a plane and went some where else. I also drive a lot. I am writing this after driving from Atlanta Ga, to My home in WV. Driving and playing Ingress gives me some enjoyment as I love to do drive by XMP drops which alert the owners of the resonators and the portals that they are under attack, I typically don't hang around long enough to destroy them, it is more of my way of saying hello. Now I will say that I have destroyed quite a few Resistance portals and have taken pure enjoyment while doing so, but I was there when it happens. So the near disaster took place while in Columbus Ohio. I was driving in complete amazement at finding the HUNDREDS of portals around the downtown area, and was driving and pressing hack, over and over and over. But in doing so, wasn't paying much attention to my driving, and to where I was driving. It became late, like after 11pm late, and I had ended up in the Deep Hood of Columbus. I wasn't under any direct threat, but knew that if I had spent much time there, my presence could have been objected to. I also had many time where I would almost miss a stop light or stop sign as I was watching the game more than I was the road. Playing this game is quite dangerous if you are a driver.
So you are saying "Why am I reading this, this guy isn't cheating?!". But I learned too. See I found the Press Hack option to be awful. And for a person like me, I NEEDED an option to Auto Hack so I could collect enough tools to enjoy the game. This game has such a crappy interface, in terms for people who are riding bikes, driving cars, etc. It would require you to stop over and over and over to get keys, and other supplies. I found that using a tool I won't name, I was able to auto hack and auto deploy. I never have used this tool to Auto Attack as I find that would be less "FUN", but not having enough "supplies", you can't play with any success of gaining ground or AP. This game would take forever living in a remote location as I and others who are local do as our limited amount of portals make playing the game much harder. Traveling alone I have gained so many supplies that after my first trip to Columbus Ohio, I deployed more than 600 resonators. And only after returning to Columbus was I able to resupply as our 20+ portals don't allow for the type of supply mining that a big city has to offer.
I am 74,000 AP away from level 8, I intend to get to LEVEL 8 this weekend by re-linking and fielding Pomeroy Ohio thanks to my Resistance friends who love to wipe out what I have created just I as I have done to them. I enjoy this game, but I am writing this in hopes that others who are cheating to make the game more enjoyable to play openly admit it to show Ingress that playing the game otherwise is boring, uneventful, and otherwise would just get uninstalled. Utilizing tools to help make the game more "FUN" is the point. I am not attempting to ruin the game for anyone nor I have I hurt the Resistance by hacking their portals over and over as I drive.
I am admitting this because I was caught. Ingress' software detected that I was utilizing an out of date build and had determined that by using this build of software I was "cheating". If I hadn't have been using this out of date build I don't know if I would have been caught as I wasn't spoofing my GPS, although my travel could possibly be considered spoofing but having hotel records, receipts from local purchases, I could prove all of my travel. I think maybe this is a game better considered for a college age kid who doesn't leave campus. But as I am a professional, I get to do a bit more with my reach than some children do.
It is odd though that Google created one of the most creepy games ever created. Hear me out, how many of us have just sit outside of a building for 5 minutes waiting for the refresh so we can get another key, or keep driving by one location over and over again to build the link again. I know I have been made loops of Pomeroy Ohio and have caught the attention of many locals who have to be thinking "what is this guy selling?". Having the ability to Auto Hack, makes the game so much less "Creepy".
SO INGRESS, please for the love of Pete, enable an Auto Hack, Auto Deploy feature. Stop punishing those of us who want to safely play your game. And if you are one of these people who "Hate" a cheater, don't hate the cheater, hate the game for making us have to cheat to play safely.