Here’s a fantastically simple and useful application of mobile barcodes. For the non-gamers among you, here’s a quick foreword: console games tend to be very expensive. To save money, most people trade old games in at game stores in return for new ones. There’s a thriving trading market going on. Development company Game Trading Technologies (GTT) has announced a new app that lets you use barcodes on your mobile to manage and trade your game collection much more easily.
What’s the story?
The application from GTT, called GameBook Mobile, allows you to build a digital record of all the games you own. You can do this by typing the names in, if you like. But the far more simply option is this – you simply snap a picture of the games’ barcode with your phone camera, and it automatically registers what game it is. Once you’ve scanned your entire games collection into GameBook Mobile, the real fun begins.
The app uses location-based services to notify you of all your closest gaming stores that will take trade-ins. GTT also maintains an on-line database of how much individual second games are worth at the moment, so you’ll always know whether you’re getting a good deal or not. This is called the , and it monitors the value and desirability of your entire collection over time.
What we think?
As a gamer, obviously I think this is fantastic. But even as a mobile enthusiast and follower of mobile barcodes, I love this application. It takes a little piece from several different disciplines – including location, barcodes and search – and combines them into a genuinely useful little application that could genuinely save (or make) someone some money.