Doesn't this just make it unlikely for people to want to play Ingress?
Not really; I've been playing for several months now and I've noticed that 95% of the players don't really care about the storyline. It's all buried on various websites with DAYS worth of video and media, so most new players don't take the time to read the backstory - and I've never been able to find a "cliffs notes" version.
But things DO get interesting when the outcome of anomalies (big, meetup style competitive events that are held all over the world) affects gameplay dynamics. The Enlightenment (one of the two teams) won the last event, and one of the "characters" was killed (we think...) but the end result was that one particular item stopped being available at portals. Now both teams have to be very strategic in how they use their remaining supply of that item, and there are theories that it hurts one side more than another... when things like that happen, it definitely keeps the game more interesting, because team strategy has to evolve.
...the monsters are their unique designs.
Not really. For example, one of the screenshots on their website shows a monster named gyarados which features a sprite that looks like nothing more than a recolored version of... well I'll let you guess.
...most likely include a lightening port to 3.5mm dongle...
Wait... why would they include an optical audio port if they're removing the 3.5mm jack?
Do you have any idea how much Google makes from that text flagged with little yellow "Ad" on your search results?
I don't. Do you?
But seeing that Google has to resort to gimmicks like making those ads almost visually indistinguishable from the regular search results, or setting them apart using a background color so light that it isn't even visible on most monitors, I'd argue that those monies come more from accidental clicks than from users who knew they were clicking on an ad.
Guest98123 5 days ago
I saw an instant 30% drop in revenue when switching my site to HTTPS in April. The implementation was done right, A+ rating from ssllabs, Google reindexed my main pages as HTTPS within a matter of hours, search traffic and overall traffic remained unchanged.
I poked around on my AdSense account to see where I was losing the revenue, since AdSense was still displaying the same number of impressions. It turned out I was seeing a 75% drop in CPC impressions, and AdSense was running low paying CPM impressions instead.
That's a graph of daily CPC impressions on my account. It's obvious when I switched to HTTPS. That was over a month and a half ago. It hasn't bounced back.
I'm faced with a difficult decision now; whether to go back to HTTP and inform the community we're going to a less secure system for increased ad revenues, or I need to accept a 30% drop in my yearly income, and hope the situation improves as more networks switch to HTTPS.
So it seems that, when using HTTPS, different ads are served. But it doesn't explain why if this revenue is so important, the developer hasn't yet taken the time to find a solution or workaround.
Put not your trust in money, but put your money in trust.