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An anonymous reader writes: I have several coworkers who are playing Google's Ingress. For those unfamiliar, this is an Android-based capture-the-flag game, where the "flags" are player-submitted real-life landmarks (called "portals" in the game) that are marked by GPS. These guys are addicted to the game, often planning routes miles out of their way between home and work to visit the "portals" and spending a significant amount of time idling in their cars waiting for game events to complete. In addition to the waste of fuel, they play driving — the game functions up to 35 mph — and I have seen them almost get into an accident on more than one occasion. The "portals" are often on public property, but one of my coworkers was questioned by security at a private school campus late at night where one of these portals exists. What does the Slashdot crowd think?
  • Has anyone considered the environmental impact of GPS-based games?
  • What about the safety concerns of playing something like this while driving?
  • Should a game like this allow geo-tagging locations on private property?
  • Is Google being irresponsible by promoting a game like this?
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Ask Slashdot: Issues arising from Ingress and other geolocation-based games

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  • Sounds like geo-caching for people who like to remain sitting. Of course there's an environmental impact but most "motorsports" are the same. Any kind of racing or driving challenge is expending fuel that otherwise wouldn't be. Does that mean we should outlaw pleasure boats? Probably not. Google also seems to have the private property thing covered here: [] rule 3. It's in plain english too, not legalese.

    As far as causing accid

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