Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
Ingress is an augmented reality location-based service game in which players have to visit certain real-world places marked by the game as containing in-game objectives called portals (much like in its well known offspring Pokemon GO). The single guy in the comic owns a home surrounded by an abundance of portals, which makes it an attractive destination for the three friends who contact him via the computer. They are obviously not really friends of the guy, but just wish to come by because of the portals.
The portals in the comic are controlled by the green "Enlightened" team (and have links and a field), making them valuable resource caches for the "Enlightened" team, and priority targets for the blue "Resistance" team.
Foursquare, referenced in the title text, is another service that lets users check into places they visit for discounts in a similar way to how Ingress players visit portals for points. Unlike Foursquare places, which are businesses and public places such as parks, Ingress portals also include historic houses that are still private residences, as well as churches, so Ingress is more likely to reward people visiting a friend's house. "Space noises" refers to the ambient sounds when playing Ingress.
- [Three people around a computer. One of them is typing.]
- Typing: Hey, party tonight?
- Typing: We'd all like to come see your new place!
- Reply (through monitor): Wait, what?
- [Cut to guy sitting at a laptop.]
- Reply (through the guy's monitor): We want to hang out!
- Guy typing: We're not, like, good friends.
- Reply (through the guy's monitor): I know, but we were thinking about it and we really like you!
- [Cut back to the three friends.]
- Typing: You should have us over tonight!
- Typing: For, like, an hour.
- Typing: It'll be fun!
- Reply (through monitor): Well, uh, sure.
- [Cut to color-inverted image of the guy's house. Four Enlightened-controlled Ingress portals are in the guy's back yard.]
- Friends (off-screen): YESSSS!
- Guy (from inside his house): I still don't get why you're suddenly so excited to hang out.
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I thought the words "like" and "hang out" were references to facebook's "like" and google's "hang out". What do the native speakers think? -- 18.104.22.168 (talk) 07:56, 5 December 2012 (UTC) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
- Not in this case- here they're just being used as the everyday terms that facebook and google co-opted. -- 22.214.171.124 (talk) 08:12, 5 December 2012 (UTC) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
- I agree. -- 126.96.36.199 (talk) 09:28, 5 December 2012 (UTC) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
- Native speaker here: there doesn't seem to be anything distinctive about the use of 'like' and 'hang out' in this comic to indicate they might be references. -- 188.8.131.52 (talk) 10:33, 5 December 2012 (UTC) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
- The words aren't out of place otherwise, so it just might be a (big) coincidence. I still find it likely to be true. 184.108.40.206 11:18, 5 December 2012 (UTC)
- It's really not a "big" coincidence at all. 'Like' and 'hang out' are the most obvious word choices in their context in the comic. The same words are used in social network apps because they are common social phrases. It doesn't even warrant the word "coincidence", let alone a "big" coincidence. 220.127.116.11 22:55, 16 December 2012 (UTC)
- Another native speaker here. You typically would not "hang out" – in real life – with people you don't "like" – as in you like your friends. There's nothing in the comic to make me think there's any connection with Facebook or Google+. 18.104.22.168 11:44, 5 December 2012 (UTC)
- This native speaker agrees. The dialog is ordinary informal American English. That's why facebook and Google hijacked the words. Facebook and Google want to be seen as informal and idiomatic institutions. -- 22.214.171.124 (talk) 15:25, 5 December 2012 (UTC) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
- They'll be very disappointed when they discover that he just decorated the bushes around his house with green LED lights for Christmas. --Geoff 126.96.36.199 19:22, 5 December 2012 (UTC)
No explanation for the space noises? Max Nanasy (talk) 21:28, 5 December 2012 (UTC)
- The game literally makes space noises. Like... whooosshhshhhssshhoooooshhh. Things like that. 188.8.131.52 22:30, 5 December 2012 (UTC)
- Thank you for that. I had no idea what was being referenced, serves me right for not reading the title text. (This is not sarcasm, it sounded like it was when I read it to myself, so I'm adding this disclaimer) lcarsos_a (talk) 22:33, 5 December 2012 (UTC)
- But "space noises" is an oxymoron. In space, you can't hear noise. (Oh... you mean bad-sci-fi-movie noises...) 184.108.40.206 19:16, 6 December 2012 (UTC)
- Another Google closed beta – you get to play by invite only. Meh 220.127.116.11 23:53, 5 December 2012 (UTC)
I'm trying to find a game that I played on the computer about 2 years ago. I remember that you could see the entire play area the entire time. It was timed. The object was to get to a hole (maybe blue in color) to end the level. There were blocks that often blocked your path, which you needed to push out of your way or more often use them to make bridges to cross water. Some of the levels were very much a timing game where you needed to quickly move a block through a winding path(up, down, left, right only)to avoid being caught by, I believe, moving blocks.The closest screen shot that I've found is Chips Challenge, which is not the game that I played previously. I remember there were many levels, probably between 50 and 100. Ideas?Shine (talk) 15:33, 6 December 2012 (UTC) RESOLVED : game was called SilversphereShine (talk) 21:24, 7 December 2012 (UTC)
- RE: Shine. The game was called Rodent's Revenge. Phenomenal Times, Shine, Phenomenal Times. Glad you reminded me about it!
- Not the game I was thinking of, but fun game too. No animals of any kind in the game that I'm trying to find Shine (talk) 17:13, 7 December 2012 (UTC)
- OK got it. It was called Silversphere. Shine (talk) 21:24, 7 December 2012 (UTC)
I was absolutely certain that the bright green "fountains" were supposed to illustrate some radioactive material and them being "excited" was somehow a particle physics joke I couldnt nail down.
- My assumption was that his house was just in a good location to watch some space phenomenon. The Aurora, or a meteor shower.18.104.22.168 12:27, 17 December 2014 (UTC)
You should really try Ingress now. It's great. However, I don't understand what he lives beside that's so portal-worthy. --22.214.171.124 00:54, 20 June 2015 (UTC)
By my house, across the Mississippi from St,l there is a Catholic Church with a portal on two idols and a bell tower. Unfortunately it is just out of reach from my bedroom. 126.96.36.199 20:00, 24 December 2015 (UTC)
- Please do some research before the next time you associate the Catholic Church with idolatry. If you would like, I may be able to refer you to some sources at some later time.
- —CsBlastoise, a Catholic (talk) 15:29, 5 December 2016 (UTC)
- It's not nice to assume malice. In this context he's probably using the definition of "idol" that simply means "statue" ("an image or representation of a god used as an object of worship" via Google) 188.8.131.52 22:37, 5 January 2017 (UTC)