Best Of 2014

Best Gang War

Orlando Ingress community

Whether you’re on the side of the heroic Resistance or the stupid, stupid Enlightened, Ingress, the mobile game from Google’s Niantic Labs, is probably the first thing you pull up on your phone when you go someplace new. Accurately described as “weaponized Google Maps,” players choose a team and try to claim as much real-life territory as possible. But instead of traditional gang markers like bad graffiti tags and hand signs, Ingressers use the app to claim imaginary “portals” that appear at various landmarks around town and link them into “fields.” Judging by how quickly the landscape of blue and green fields changes, the Orlando Ingress community is doing a great job of getting out there and ruining one another’s days.