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Resistance or Enlightened? Which to choose?
08-04-2014, 12:09 PM
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RE: Resistance or Enlightened? Which to choose?
(02-01-2013 05:17 AM)Jazavac Wrote:  Depending on who you ask, you’ll get either answer. Ingress is basically splitting the entire world into two teams. You have the Resistance and the Enlightened.

The Enlightenment faction is attempting to help the Shapers infiltrate Earth. Followers believe that the Shapers bring a powerful enlightenment that will lift humankind.

While the Resistance faction is defending the Earth from the Shaper ingression. They are seen by some as being fearful of change or progress, but the resistance is firm in its belief that it is protecting humanity.

So choose wisely!

The options to choose between two sides in a conflict is a political decision and like any political decision the answer is less clear than one would initially assume.
In this set up both sides are appealing and populist, which is necessary for a storytelling & gaming structure, but it appears that the Resistance has a greater appeal to players when first given the option.

Resistance implies: Human vs Alien, Us against Them, protection, defence and heroic stand offs against an implacable, unknowable enemy.

Enlightenment offers change, improvement, discovery & evolution, but these things are unproven quantities and can feel like a risk to our our current status.

If we were to apply one political model then: the Blue Team reflect a reactionary right wing and the Green Team offer a left wing manifesto of hope & change.

However be aware that this is a conflict scenario, disinformation is a weapon and any description of aims & intentions by either side is propaganda.

Therefore if the message from the Shapers is a lie, assumably to cover an invasion, then you hunker down and fight to the last. If their message is the truth then we unite for a new future of growth.

This makes it a question of trust, and perhaps that trust is formed by your own personal political persuasion.

Can you infer from that which side I chose?
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RE: Resistance or Enlightened? Which to choose? - scarman23 - 08-04-2014 12:09 PM
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