Game Retailers: Game Packaging is Green

October 28, 2008 -

Game consoles may be full of noxious stuff, but game packaging is green, baby.

At least, that's the word from the Entertainment Merchants Association, the trade group which represents hundreds of video game and DVD retailers.

In partnership with the Content Delivery and Storage Association, the EMA has just released the results of a study into what consumers do with game and DVD packaging. Conducted by the NPD Group, the research makes games seem environmentally friendly:

  • Rather than discarding video game and DVD packaging, consumers overwhelmingly store their video games and DVDs in their original cases
  • when consumers no longer want to keep a game or DVD, they rarely throw it away or recycle it
  • 45 % of DVD owners give the title to someone else, as will 24 % of game owners
  • 54% of game owners will trade it in or sell it; the trade/sell rate is 27 % for DVDs
  • 89% of DVD owners and 88 % of game owners store their DVDs and games in their original cases
  • only 6% of DVD owners and 5% of video game owners throw away or recycle the cases.

Of the results, EMA CEO Bo Andersen commented:

In packaged home entertainment, consumers view the packaging cases as part of the product and not something to be tossed. The cases provide product protection, allow easy title identification, and carry the artwork that is integral to the consumer’s association with the title.


GP: An interesting and obvious conclusion is that trading in used games is not only good for consumers, it's good for the environment. Now, about that landfill full of E.T. cartridges...

So, GP readers, what do you do with your old games?


Comments

Re: Game Retailers: Game Packaging is Green

I keep all my games, I still have my original Doom2 CD in jewel case. I've gotten rid of a few that weren't all that great, but mostly I keep them all for nostalgia.

------------------------------------

I am a signature virus, please copy and paste me into your signature to help me propagate.

------------------------------------ I am a signature virus, please copy and paste me into your signature to help me propagate.

Re: Game Retailers: Game Packaging is Green

 I'm a collector. Plus, after that last five bucks I got for a direct trade in to Gamestop on a brand new game, I swore never to sell or trade again. I now keep everything, even games I no longer play, all lined up on the shelf. I lend them out to friends and family, but mostly they're there to add to my library.

Re: Game Retailers: Game Packaging is Green

Interesting story...

The funny thing is, with my DS games, as soon as I get one, after putting it in my DS to play it for the first time, I stick the case on my shelf. Which is standard procedure with video games, yes. but after I remove the game from my DS, it goes the same place all my other games go- in my little Animal Crossing zipper pouch full of DS games I carry with me everywhere. So I have a shelf full of empty DS game boxes next to my Game Cube boxes. I actually sorta like how the spines look stacked on top of each other.

Re: Game Retailers: Game Packaging is Green

I keep most of my old games.  Once in a while I'll go through them and if I find one that's a clunker, I'll "retire" it or give it away.  I have a short stack of old games that I didn't think were all that great in fact that are looking for a new home.

For the most part, though, I'll keep them.  And thanks to emulators, a lot of my favorite older games have gotten a second life.  DOSBox has let me play the old Wing Commander games among others.  And then there are ports like WinROTT for Rise of the Triad, JFDuke for Duke Nukem 3D and ZDoom for my old Doom engine-based games like Heretic and Strife.

Also, some publishers have re-released more up to date versions of older games, like Steam did for the X-Com games.  Some have done them in compilations.  So when, for example, EA released Command & Conquer: The First Decade, I bought it.  Not only did it have the most up-to-date versions of these games and guaranteed to run on XP, but it saves space as well as you have several games now on one disc (though for reference, I still hang onto the original manuals).

And like others, I still keep the older games in the original packaging they came in, including the ones that were published back in the days when they came in large cardboard boxes.  The way I see it, some people keep old record album covers for their art, and I keep the cardboard boxes around for kind of the same reason.

Re: Game Retailers: Game Packaging is Green

I moved nine months ago, put all my games, spare cds, etc in a box, still got to reorganize them. Before that we kept them in stacks and racks.

Re: Game Retailers: Game Packaging is Green

I always keep the DVD/jewel cases that my games come in and also keep the manuals but I rarely keep the cardboard boxes, it's normally only in cases where the discs come in those crappy paper sleeves (I'm looking at you Neverwinter Nights 2!). I'd love to be able to keep the boxes but as others have said, it's a finite space issue.

Re: Game Retailers: Game Packaging is Green

I still have the box my Nintendo 64 came in, including the styrofoam packing.

Re: Game Retailers: Game Packaging is Green

I prefer to keep my cases because I like showing them off on my bookshelves.

--- Official Protector of Videoland!

--- Official Protector of Videoland!

Re: Game Retailers: Game Packaging is Green

 I keep all of my game cases and most of my games.  The only games I get rid of are one's I don't like, and even some of those I still have (FFXII to name one, I would never recoup even half of what I spent on it).  Sometimes important information are in those (product code needed for instillation.)

 

Insanity has its toll. Please have exact change.

PMBD http://paysites.mustbedestroyed.org/ The truth about T$R http://tsr.mustbedestroyed.org/ EA + T$R = We're all screwed

Re: Game Retailers: Game Packaging is Green

I think this data mostly apply to console gamers, since one of my biggest gripes about PC gaming is also why it's as good as it is. The freedom and the lack of restrictions on games. With lack of restrictions, developers are freely able to release their game with no royalties or anything like that so you get these fantastic indie games that come out. The problem with that, is that when it comes to retail, there is no restrictions on what kind of "system requirements" or packaging the game comes on. The manual is sometimes a page or there isin't one even at all requiring you to access the PDF from the game disk. Games come in flimsy paper packages that are absolutly a nightmare when you are trying to organize games. Games also come in very delicate paper cardboard boxes that overtime will degrade and produce white rips and markings all over, even Stardock gets this wrong. Game boxes arn't also semetrical all the time, making it look weired and distorted on your shelf with boxes thicker than others or higher than others. Crystal Cases are also not the most durable thing in the world, and finding triple or quad CD holders arn't the easiest thing to come by.

In contrast, console games look very nice and are really neatly organized as the boxes are all symetrical (with the exception of Viva Pinata and fallout 3), they all contain detailed manuals, the boxes have specific placement and listed features (such as resolution) and the console heading on the top is a nice looking, and most of them follow the game box colour (with exception to platnum hits and that sort of stuff).

Re: Game Retailers: Game Packaging is Green

What am I doing wrong that most PC games I buy are in a normal rectangle cover with manual included?

Re: Game Retailers: Game Packaging is Green

I have almost all of my game cases and boxes and the few times I don't are unfortunate cases of losing them/my brother throwing them away. (GBA cardboard boxes appear to be more expendable than DVD cases)

About the only discs I really throw into the trash are those AOL discs. Though the cases are still good for storing any loose CDs I have.

Re: Game Retailers: Game Packaging is Green

Why the hell would anyone throw away the cases? I mean,okay, some DVD have really cheap cardboard cases and I can see why in a situation like that, but why otherwise?

Re: Game Retailers: Game Packaging is Green

I used to keep the packaging, but after a while, it became a space issue, so I only keep the packaging for a certain amount of time.

Also, what with the advent of Steam etc, I don't actually have as much packaging as I used to.

Re: Game Retailers: Game Packaging is Green

SO long as they never try that "dixie pack" shit

Re: Game Retailers: Game Packaging is Green

indeed, keeping my games in the original box makes them much easier to locate, and I have kept most of my game cases (except ones that had cardboard packageing)

Re: Game Retailers: Game Packaging is Green

I collect them, so none ever get thrown away :)

Re: Game Retailers: Game Packaging is Green

I have to say I find this kind of hard to believe, considering how every GameStop I go into seems to have a crapload of generically marked cases with no manuals.  GameBoy Advance carts in particular are practically impossible to find boxed.

Re: Game Retailers: Game Packaging is Green

I am a box art nut, they all get displayed!

Need too put up a new shelf...got one for 400$ worth of beast wars and transfomrers on one :X

 

I is fuzzy brained mew =^^=
http://zippydsmlee.wordpress.com/
(in need of a bad overhaul)


Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Let's renegotiate them.

---

http://zippydsm.deviantart.com/

Re: Game Retailers: Game Packaging is Green

I love game cases. I get a really obnoxious sense of smugness when someone wanders over to my DVD rack looking for a chick flick and finds Shadow Hearts or Overlord instead. Not what people expect in a girl's apartment...

Anyway, I never get rid of any games, I can only think of maybe three or four that I've traded in, ever. I replay everything, and I'm kind of a packrat, so I keep as much original packaging as possible.

Re: Game Retailers: Game Packaging is Green

Careful now, a lot of guys in here will think that is hot.

Nido Web Flash Tutorials AS2 and AS3 Tutorials for anyone interested.
How to set Xbox 360 Parental Controls

Re: Game Retailers: Game Packaging is Green

I know I do

Re: Game Retailers: Game Packaging is Green

You want to know what is even better?  Allowing consumers to burn their games from their computers.  Then instead of shipping packaging  and so on, you only have to transfer the data over the internet, therefore saving the environment in a crap load of ways, but then retailers don't get their cut...  which should actually make the games cheaper, but it wont.

I have all of my DVD and game cases for the most part, but keep them stored in a CD case that holds far more things.  It is easier to grab it and look through it than a closet of cases.  It makes it easier for transport...  but to sell it later I want the case, and once I get a house I will prolly have a walk in closet to store all of it...  that will be sweet.

Nido Web Flash Tutorials AS2 and AS3 Tutorials for anyone interested.
How to set Xbox 360 Parental Controls

Re: Game Retailers: Game Packaging is Green

Keep them...i'm to paranoid that one day i'm going to get an insatiable craving to play something and find out i traded it in.

I play all my games at one point after initial beatings.  I still pull out the old N64 whenever i want to play games on it (though with the GC versions of Ocarina of Time and xbox Conker, that pretty much means RE2...but one day i might want to replay Kirby 64...really...i swear i will).

The only games i've ever traded in were when it's console broke down (gamecube and original gameboy games)

Re: Game Retailers: Game Packaging is Green

I have a jewelcase, a box, and some type of manual with every game I own.

 

I also have several games with huge spiral bound manuals.

 
Forgot your password?
Username :
Password :

Poll

How do you feel about Amazon buying Twitch?:

Shout box

You're not permitted to post shouts.
MaskedPixelantehttp://m.tickld.com/x/something-you-never-realized-about-guardians-of-the-galaxy Right in the feels.08/29/2014 - 6:56pm
AvalongodAgain I think we're conflating the issue of whether Sarkeesian's claims are beyond critique (no they're not) and whether its ever appropriate to use sexist language, let alone physical threats on a woman to intimidate her (no it isn't)08/29/2014 - 5:04pm
prh99Trolling her or trying to assail her integrity just draws more attention (Streisand effect?). Which is really not what the trolls want, so the only way to win (if there is a win to be had) is not to play/troll.08/29/2014 - 5:02pm
prh99Who cares, just don't watch the damn videos if you don't like her. Personally, I don't care as far as she is concerned as long there are interesting games to be played.08/29/2014 - 4:34pm
Andrew EisenZip - And yet, you can't cite a single, solitary example. (And no one said you hated anyone. Along those lines, no one claimed Sarkeesian was perfect either.)08/29/2014 - 3:51pm
Andrew EisenSaint's Row: Gat Out of Hell was just announced for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One making it the 150th game For Everything But Wii U! Congratulations Deep Silver!08/29/2014 - 3:49pm
ZippyDSMleeI do not hate them jsut think its mostly hyperlobe.08/29/2014 - 3:40pm
Andrew EisenSleaker - I'd say that's likely. From my experience, most who have a problem with Sarkeesian's videos either want to hate them in the first place (for whatever reason) or honestly misunderstand what they're about and what they're saying.08/29/2014 - 3:16pm
james_fudgeWe appreciate your support :)08/29/2014 - 2:55pm
TechnogeekIt gives me hope that maybe, just maybe, the gaming community is not statistically indistinguishable from consisting entirely of people that your average Xbox Live caricature would look at and go "maybe you should tone it down a little bit".08/29/2014 - 2:49pm
TechnogeekI just want to say that while I've disagreed with the staff of this site on several occasions, it's still good to see that they're not automatically dismissing Anita's videos as a "misandrist scam" or whatever the preferred dismissive term is these days.08/29/2014 - 2:49pm
E. Zachary KnightZippy, So you can't find even one?08/29/2014 - 1:04pm
ZippyDSMleeAndrew Eisen:Right because shes prefect and never exaggerates... *rolls eyes*08/29/2014 - 12:53pm
SleakerAnd honestly, nearly all of the games she references, or images she depicts I've always cringed at and wondered why they were included in games to begin with, from pinups through explicit sexual depictions or direct abuse. I think it's cheap storytelling.08/29/2014 - 12:35pm
Sleaker@AE - aren't most people fundamentally misunderstanding her at this point? haha.. On a related note I think a lot of the backlash is coming from males that think she is telling them their 'Generic Male Fantasy' is bad and wrong.08/29/2014 - 12:33pm
Andrew EisenAnd no, I don't think the female community would be upset over the performance of a case study in and of itself. Possibly the mostivations behind such a study, the methodology or conclusions but not the mere idea of a case study.08/29/2014 - 12:29pm
Andrew EisenAmusingly, these videos aren't saying you can't/shouldn't use tropes or that sexual representations are inherently problematic so those are very silly things to have a problem with and indicate a fundamental misunderstanding of the series.08/29/2014 - 12:29pm
SleakerDo you think the female community would get extremely angry over a male doing a case study on the negative impact of sex-novels and their unrealistic depiction of males and how widespread they are in american culture?08/29/2014 - 12:25pm
SleakerThe other thing that people might find problematic is that they see no problem with sexual representations of females (or males) in games. And realistically, why is there anything wrong with sexual representations in fiction?08/29/2014 - 12:24pm
SleakerTo even discuss or bring up these issues at a cultural level to begin with. Going straight for games to many probably feels like a huge overstepping given that it's interactive story in many cases, and when you're telling a story why can't you use tropes.08/29/2014 - 12:21pm
 

Be Heard - Contact Your Politician