Pshaw. It doesn’t sound like you’re disagreeing with me at all! You actually helped to clarify some things in my head.
Ingress is more organized? I suppose? Competitive between Greenies vs. Smurfs? The whole green vs. blue thing is suspiciously like the experiment where they gave all the students at a school either a red or blue(?) badge, randomly, with no explanation, and then observed the students’ social groups divide up into colors and become hostile to the group with the other color. In reality, Ingress has a lot of people playing both sides at the same time, but you keep that on the down low (it is a game where paranoia is part of the fun, after all! But everybody does it).
PokeGo (which is what I’m going to call it from now on) does indeed have that surprise encounter element. And it’s more unorganized (not to be confused with “disorganized!”), enabling… um… random encounters? with other players. It’s shockingly rapid popularity helps that a lot. It’s not about teamwork to create gigantic “control fields” (which, in all honesty, is immensely satisfying), but hunting you up some awesome Pokemons! And maybe you bump into another trainer! Yay! And those unexpected stops do help you notice things you never saw about the place where you actually live more.
Both are kind of anti-video-gamer, in that they get you off your ass and into the fresh air to get some exercise. They both encourage actually seeing things about the real-world you may not have noticed before. And, as I’m learning more and more, they’re both like an enzyme, a catalyst for social interaction.
I may not have played it for long enough to find out: Is there a motivation for traveling, and visiting places you’ve never been to before? Going to unique Portals you’ve never been to before is a major driving force in Ingress, it helps you get tons of XP to level up, and badges. I want to see that mechanic in PokeGo, but maybe I’m just not experienced enough yet.
I mean, I’m not playing it a lot for the time being: it’s fucking hot right now, and if I’m going outside, I can only take off so many items of clothing before I have to start fending off all the boys and girls! And police.