Perhaps the video game industry is taking environmental concerns raised by Greenpeace last year to heart?
According to Walmart’s official blog, Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony, and a few publishers such as EA and Activision recently attended a green gaming summit where they discussed various ways to be more environmentally friendly. Here are a few suggestions reported by Joe Muha, Walmart’s gadgets and gaming guy:
- Switching to cardboard packaging would be like taking almost 4,000 cars off the road in terms of equivalent green house gas emissions.
- Working with console manufacturers on coding and power usage design can reduce the power consumption when we use our devices for media playback.
- Focusing on the next generation of consoles would allow the machines to be built from the ground up to use less power while providing an even better experience.
- Developing software and hardware that allows us to save the game so we do not have to leave it on would allow us to turn it off during a meal break or overnight without loosing our place. Additionally, come clever programming would allow the console to go into a lower power, standby mode when not in use.
Muha elaborates on the game save issue in his blog’s comments section:
Not every game allows us to save whenever we would like. We even discussed the idea of an "autosave" if the game is left alone after a set period of time and the console would go to a low power mode.
-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Correspondent Andrew Eisen