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Tired of your iPad? Take it to GameStop

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GameStop is joining the iOS revolution.

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The country's largest video game retailer -- and the biggest seller of used games and game hardware -- has now started accepting iPods, iPhones and iPads for trade-in for store credit, which can be redeemed for games, hardware, downloadable content and more. The company claims to offer 'competitive' trade values on the systems.

President Tony Bartel noted that the move was "especially significant with the great title line-up slated for this fall."

Of course, as with any used game trade, finding out exactly what your iDevice is worth requires a visit to a GameStop store. The older or more banged up your device is, the less it's worth. (Don't even bother trying to trade in anything with a broken screen, severe scratches and/or dents or a personal engraving, by the way.)

GameStop has been quietly building to add mobile devices to its inventory for some time. As early as this April, it had launched a pilot program in Dallas, letting people trade in tablet devices.

Tablets, Bartel said at the time, are "the next explosion in the gaming space."

GameStop's not just stopping with iDevices, though. It also announced plans today to launch a self-branded gaming tablet, which will use the Android operating system.

The company's not announcing full details on that right now, though it says it decided against creating a new product itself, as it had hinted in the past. Instead, it will refurbish a known brand, adding certain games to it (and, likely, its own game streaming service).

"We definitely have selected one," Bartel said. "We're in test phase right now. But we're excited at the prospect of coming out with this tablet. I would call it a 'GameStop certified gaming platform.' We looked at all the tablets and these are the ones that really worked for gaming and we're going to give you a few benefits that you're not going to get elsewhere."

The Gamestop tablet will ship with a dedicated controller that works with the company's Spawn Labs streaming technology, meaning owners would conceivably be able to play something like Modern Warfare 3 on their tablet without being forced to port the controls over to a touchscreen and impact the play experience.

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