Got GPS? Location-based gaming!

Well, truth is there’s a lot of work to be done before location-based anything works as well as it ought to. But it’s cool to see work being done to get us there.

The technology that is closest is probably locations based on your cellular phone’s signal as it triangulates with your carrier’s cellular towers. Problem with that one is that the cell companies know that this location information is a pot of gold, and they’re controlling that pot of gold as selfishly and tightly as their corporate dedication to shareholder value requires that they must.

Sooner or later some boldly competitive carrier will do two things: 1) make this location available to applications on their phone and on the web, and 2) support software developers as they build all kinds of cool apps to take advantage of this info. If they do both of those before any other carrier does, they’ll have the holy grail they all seek: competive advantage.

There’s a rat’s nest of privacy issues around this, of course, making it all the harder to do. But eventually it will happen, because the things this will allow us to do with technology as we walk around our world are as unprecedented as they are useful.

Here’s an amusing post on GIZMODO about the PlayStation Portable’s not yet released GPS device attachment. As much as anything else, the post demonstrates the point that we still have a long way to go.
A Closer Look At the PSP GPS Device

A Closer Look At the PSP GPS Device

We have a closer look and more details on the PSP GPS Addon we saw last week. The GPS goes on top of your PSP and can actually be folded down when not in use, making your PSP a little less bulbous. We’re not sure whether folding it will disable it, since the top part looks like it serves as an antenna. Also, in addition to using the GPS as a regular navigation system, it’s going to be used in games! Titles like Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops will take advantage of the GPS, probably making you run around your neighborhood like a doofus to keep Snake out of harm’s way. Other games that will take advantage of this will probably be Double Dragon: Fist of the GPS, Castlevania: Concerto of Driving Directions, and Sonic Universe: Pull Over And Enter The Address Again Tails, We’ll Never F***ing Find Dr. Robotnik This Way.

😀 Comments, more photos, and much more information available from the link above.

And yes, despite my blog on gaming, I freely admit that the coolest of the applications of location-based technology probably aren’t for gaming.

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