Five Steps to Green Up Your Gaming

In November, the Natural Resources Defense Council issued a report showing that game consoles consume enough electricity per year to power every home in San Diego.

More recently, ecology-minded site Planet Green offered tips for more environmentally-friendly gaming:

Turn Off the Console When Not in Use… An Xbox or a Playstation 3 left on 24/7/365 uses as much energy as two modern fridges.


Buy a Wii – The Wii uses only 16 watts of energy while in Active Mode. The Xbox uses 119 and the Playstation uses 150…


Use the Power Saver Mode – If you have a Playstation or Xbox, you can reduce the energy use of these consoles by digging around the menus and finding the auto-power down option…


Don’t Watch Movies on Your Game System – Watching a Blu-Ray movie on the Playstation 3 uses 5 times more power than watching it on a standard Blu-Ray player.


Dispose of Mangled Systems Properly – …never throw the [unrepairable] system into the garbage. Most modern video game systems contain toxic chemicals… dispose of it with other hazardous materials…

Via: Amazon Game Room Blog

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  1. Father Time says:

    Or just switch over to wind or solar, then we can use as much electricity as we want and not be releasing any CO2.


    Debates are like merry go rounds Two people take their positions then they go through the same points over and over and over again. Then when it’s over they have the same positions they started in.

  2. SciFi25 says:

    Screw the green thing, just do it to save yourself some cash!! Thats the only reason I buy energy saving light bulbs etc. The whole recycling thing is because of the fine if I dont!


    There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.

  3. Im_Blue says:

    Man I really don’t understand this hostility to the scietnific comunity. In all seriousness why would scientists lie about something like this? The only possible incentive I can see is to get more funding for research. But if they really didn’t care about reaching the truth, and only making there pockets fat, they would just start working for oil companies, proving the very opposite to what they currently suggest.

    At the end of the day im not a scientist, or more specifcally a meterologist so I can’t say for certain weather "global warming" is real or not. BUT a) it certainly seems to make more sense to agree that burning the amount of energy we do will impact our climate, than otherwise. B) Meterologists who I have spoken too have conceeded that whilst the debate is far from settled, the majority opinion is that we are definatly causing at least SOME impact on the environment. So yes I can’t say for certain, but I know what id put my money on.

    Finally, and perhaps most importantly this article never even mentioned "global warming" Austin_lewis did at the top of the page. Even if global warming does turn out to be a farce, the excessive consumption of fossil fuels, is not a god thing. Seriouly think about issues of air pollution all through China, dammaged water ways, and pottential destruction of wildlife reserves all bought about through excessive consumption. So even if you don’t "…buy into this global warming pop-science bullshit" I think it is powerfully ignorent and immoral to not even consider the wider ramifcations of your hobby.

  4. Harry Miste says:

    Why not nuke the U.S., since they have been reported to use the most electricity?

    No point in mass genocide for the sake of saving a few.

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  5. Harry Miste says:

    Derovious – Master of "Subtlety"

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  6. Wolvenmoon says:

    Or buy a decent gaming PC, which can power down to near nothing when it’s idle, and ramp up as far as you want.

  7. Capgun says:

    Yes maybe, but something tells me the ensuing World War 3 followed by nuclear winter may be slightly worse for the environment.

  8. Derovius says:

     You don’t actually save money with more of these "eco-friendly" schemes if you take into consideration the monetary value of time. "Green" is just the latest scam, and when we are all up to our ears in energy saving lightbulbs and recycling bins, nothing will have changed. You want a marked decrease in carbon emissions? Nuke China. A few million less people, emissions decrease.

  9. Father Time says:

    Conservation really only saves you some green.

    It’s highly improbable that we can get enough people conserving at once to stop the dreaded horror of [cue scary music] environmental disaster. We need drastic changes (if in fact we do need any change at all) instead of trying to convince everyone to take shorter showers.

    Now if you’re worried about energy resources then conservation really only delays the inevitable. Nonrenewable resources are still nonrenewable and we will still run out even if we cut our use of it in half through a mixture of miracle and black magic.


    Debates are like merry go rounds Two people take their positions then they go through the same points over and over and over again. Then when it’s over they have the same positions they started in.

  10. Meggie says:

    Watching a Blu-Ray movie on the Playstation 3 uses 5 times more power than watching it on a standard Blu-Ray player.

    That’s some ill-concieved advice, considering many people buy the PS3 for the Blu Ray player aspect. I don’t know anyone who actually owns both, there isn’t a reason to.

    So many people are getting touchy about "going green," don’t be so sensitive. The media in all its forms sends a ton of messages daily about how they think you should live (gree or otherwise), just ignore it if you don’t agree with it.

  11. Meohfumado says:

    I can’t even afford a PS3.  Now they want me to buy a PS3 and a Blu-ray player if I decide to go to Blu-ray?!?!  Just to stay green?

    I think not.

    "You know what I wish? I wish all the scum of the Earth had one throat and I had my hands about it."

  12. Derovius says:

     China just happens to have the worlds great population density, which is what one would need in order to maximize effectiveness. It has nothing to do with the fact they are Red bastards. Oops, did I say that.

  13. Flamespeak says:

    Hey now,

    I have been coming here quite a while and I have never seen EZK perform the role of a bible thumper. The only time he mentions his faith is when people, such as yourself, try to shove it in his face as if it were some kind of major offense or crime. Furthermore, and more on the subject of this derailed conversation, there are many, MANY scientists that don’t believe global warming is occuring, at least not by human interaction or manipulation. Hell, a quick glance at wikipedia generates a list of a few them:


  14. Weatherlight says:

    Buddie, I hate to say it but the ENTIRE scientific comunity (of which I am a part of) does not agree in the main stream theory of global warming. Global warming as shown by Mr. Gore, is a farce. Global Warming has been defined as " an increase in the earth’s atmospheric and oceanic temperatures widely predicted to occur due to an increase in the greenhouse effect resulting especially from pollution". The result of a 10 year study came in last year which proved that the oceanic temerature has actualy decreased. Proving it by its very definition wrong. Hence the change in term to "Global climate change".

    Now just about every scientist out there will agree with you that polution is bad, but the most important factors are not CO or CO2 emmisions. I would be more conserned with the mercury and lead that are being put into the air and water then anything else. But then again I only hold two degrees, in engineering (and not a degree in liberalism or tree hugging) but rather a BS and a DIPL.


  15. E. Zachary Knight says:

    I don’t have time to dig up exact articles I was thinking of but here is a Wiki article detailing the positions of a number of scientists who do not agree with the common consensus.

    Here’s the one I was looking for. Published by the US Senate:

    E. Zachary Knight
    Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
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    E. Zachary Knight
    Divine Knight Gaming
    Oklahoma Game Development
    Rusty Outlook
    Random Tower
    My Patreon

  16. Austin_Lewis says:

    Good Lord, he’s a retard!

    Seriously, where do you get GOD from that original post anywhere?

  17. Derovius says:

     You’re bible thumper, everything you say or do is somehow attached to your subversive dogma. Whether you admit to it or not, you are inexplicably biased towards disregarding the application of science and its findings. You simply dress up these comments by saying that members of the scientific community agree with this idea in order to make it easier to swallow.

     You’re no better than those wacked out creationist biologists actively trying to prove their foolish fairy tales.

  18. E. Zachary Knight says:

    Yeah, I’ll have to dig up the links some time. I don’t have the time at the moment. I remember reading about it on Arstechnica and through /. among others.

    But yes, there are a growing number of scientist decenting from the global warming fad. They can’t find any data to back up the global warming claims so they speak out about it. Granted it doesn’t get a lot of media time as it is not sensational enough for most media.

    I also have no idea where he is getting religion out of all this. That sentence was the first I mentioned the word or idea in this discussion.

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    E. Zachary Knight
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    Oklahoma Game Development
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    Random Tower
    My Patreon

  19. Father Time says:

    Are you naturally this stupid or did you take lessons?

    When the hell did he even mention God or anything religious in this discussion? And how the hell is arguing global warming is natural forcing religion onto others? It’s such a leap in logic it boggles the mind.

    He says he got his info from scientists. I’m not going to believe his assurances at face value (I need evidence), but there’s still no reason to think he’s dragging religion into this.


    Debates are like merry go rounds Two people take their positions then they go through the same points over and over and over again. Then when it’s over they have the same positions they started in.

  20. Derovius says:

     Stop forcing your religion on others, its simply unacceptable. No matter how hard you try, no one is falling for your bible-backed religious theories.

  21. Derovius says:

     And who told you that? your god? Maybe its your god whose melting these icecaps when he’s chilling his dogs in the arctic.

     There is no evidence that this is NOT part of the Earth’s climate cycle, as the entire expanse of human existance on this planet is barely a notch in the Earth’s life timeline. We already know that major climatic shift occurs without our input, it is not unreasonable (like EZK’s claim that this is gods work.) that this could be the case.

  22. Austin_Lewis says:

    I bet you’re all the rage among liberals and slacktivists.  How about you recycle your paper and plastics too?  OH WAIT!  That creates more pollution than manufacturing them new!  Bet you didn’t know that either.

    I remember when people were claiming that we’d be living in an Ice Age by the nineties.  GLOBAL COOLING they called it, and they said it was being caused by the same thing.  And yet here we are, and although its cold (being winter and all), the doom and gloom predictions never came true.

    Go back to your slacktivism and your liberal friends who’ll agree with everything Al Gore says.

  23. E. Zachary Knight says:

    The ENTIRE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY you say? Wow, and here I thought all those people claiming to be scientists and who had the degrees and credentials to back it up who also spoke against global warming were real scientists. Thanks for clearing it up for me.

    Yes the earth is warming a bit. No it is not man made and no it is not permanent.It is a natural process of the Sun and atmosphere. The earth will be fine. Sure we need to cut back on polution, but the ice caps will not melt completely away and they will reform.

    E. Zachary Knight
    Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
    MySpace Page:
    Facebook Page:

    E. Zachary Knight
    Divine Knight Gaming
    Oklahoma Game Development
    Rusty Outlook
    Random Tower
    My Patreon

  24. JustChris says:

    I’m with DeepThorn, these points would be effective at persuading people because a financial guilt trip is always a more direct approach for getting people to do something than an evironmental guilt trip. I bought some 20w energy saver bulbs for my new apartment primarily to reduce electricity costs. It was not much of an intention to do anything else- just one of several fronts in my multi-front battle against high utility bills.


  25. King of Fiji says:

    Planet Green is only good for bringing back Bill Nye into our lives who ironically is the only person who isn’t smug in his way of trying to get people to conserve energy and pollute less.

    Besides that the blatent self smugness of all the other jagoffs on Planet Green makes me want to just fill up my crap car of a Ford Taurus with gas and just let it idle all day till its out of gas.


  26. konrad_arflane says:

    Umm. CO is toxic. It’s what kills you if you pipe your car exhaust into the car and leave the engine running.

    CO2 isn’t toxic, and I’ve never heard anyone claim it is. The impact (or lack thereof) of heightened levels of it in the atmosphere on the global climate has nothing to do with toxicity.

    You might want to get that sort of thing straight if you want your sarcasm to work.

  27. Overcast says:

    Reminds me of all the panic in the 70’s about how the world would end due to the ‘greenhouse effect’. Of course, they said the world would end in 20 years – and that was 10 years ago.

    It’s amazing how long they try to perpetuate this.

    But no… not everyone agrees: "Warming fears are the “worst scientific scandal in the history…When people come to know what the truth is, they will feel deceived by science and scientists.” – UN IPCC Japanese Scientist Dr. Kiminori Itoh, an award-winning PhD environmental physical chemist. "


    Much more at the below link, lol.

    Of course – don’t tell anyone, you’ll never hear the media talk about that!! They want to keep telling us how horribly toxic CO is!!!

  28. Vash-HT says:

    I’m with you man, my Wii saves tons of energy cause it just sits there while I do thing sthat are actually fun.

  29. sheppy says:

    I don’t sell game systems I’ve purchased.  I just stare at them menacingly until something comes out.  I am a collector, after all, with over 1200 games…

    Only system I sold after buying was Atari Jaguar… the Wii is a long, long way from Atari Jaguar level of suckiness.  It shoudl also be noted I own a 3DO.

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  30. Wonderful Lizard of Oz says:

    Too bad.  I was thinking about getting a Wii, but now that I know it’s the greenest console I definitely won’t until they make it suck more power up.

  31. Swarley says:

    Oh i’m sorry, I didn’t see your doctorate in Environmental Science


    Don’t have one, you say? Well I thought you would have at least some expertise to go against the entire scientific community


    Seriously, weather it is man-made is the only thing up for debate. (Which in the opinion of this liberal, it is)

  32. JB says:

    "They forgot option six: Don’t buy into this global warming pop-science bullshit."

    Yes because encouraging people to conserve energy and do their part on keeping our planet clean is just dumb, right? 
    I don’t believe the "global warming stuff" either but I still do my part by turning off lights and appliances when not in use, recycling, etc. It’s just common sense.
  33. DeepThorn says:

    Seconded, I think of all of it in terms of saving money, not global warming, because saving money is more important to everyone in the first place.  Earth’s and Mars’ polar caps are melting at the same rate, main statistic I need to know.  There are additional factors to take in… distance from sun, magnetic field, number of sun spots (the more spots, the hotter the sun is burning), and thousands of other things.

    Heck, get some solar panels, and make money off of it all even.  With thin-film solar cells, you can pay them off in 5 years, and they should all last 30 years, even after 30 years, only a few of them should have to be replaced.  Some technology just has gotten to the point, that it is stupid not to invest in.  Then other technology, gas/oil based, has gone no where over 30 years, and prices are going up again, so it is stupid to invest in them, especially since electric engines have less moving parts and resistance, which means less repairs and longer lifespan.

    [PS Chevy Volt is a waste of money, they are trying to glorify technology that is outdated by 20 years, and have made a fully electric car that went 4 times further on a charge, and with outdated technology.  With newer technology, same price as a Volt, they could be making a fully electric car that gets 600+ miles a charge off of a normal wall plug-in.]

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  34. Vake Xeacons says:

    Ah, you’re just jealous cause they cut down on your favorite system. (lol)

    That’s really all this is a fight over the best cosole. AGAIN! You’d think it would die down after 2 years. Every MS or Sony fanboy says they’ve got a Wii, and it’s done nothing but collect dust. Here’s an idea: get rid of it, then! There’s plenty of old geezers who’d pay top dollar ($600+) for your Nintendo paper Wii-ght. So…anytime you’re ready…

  35. sheppy says:


    1.  No shit.  Turning off your game systems when not in use.  Not only does this make sense from an electrical standpoint but from a "physical health of console" standpoint too.  I mean seriously, do you think EITHER console would be in good condition if left on for a year straight?

    2.  This message sponsored by Nintendo.  Hell, GP2X uses the least amount of energy.  Console choice should never be based on it’s eco friendly aspect but if it sports the games YOU want to play.  I have all three, I haven’t booted my Wii since Mario Kart.  I guess we all save the planet in our own special ways.

    3.  Or turn off your systems.  Hard to imagine, I know.

    4.  I LIKE watching movies on my PS3/360.  No other players can compete in picture quality and firmware updates.  "Sheppy, killing the planet one BluRay at a time."

    5.  So electronics shouldn’t be disposed in traditional garbage… I’ve heard this all my life.  Suddenly it’s going green?


    You know what makes me the most angry about this "going green" movement?  It’s a name brand used to sell you on crap.  Some even fall for it.  Take Comcast who recently sent me a brochure on "going green with Comcast."  They told me about EcoBilling and how I can set up an online account to automatically debit my account and save paper used to print my bills.  Same line Geico has been giving me.  But here’s the punchline.  Both Geico and Comcast are the biggest contributors to my junkmail pile than any other company.  I get 3 brochures a month in high quality print compared to my plain paper bills from Comcast alone.  But the sad issue is this doesn’t occur to most "greenies."  All they need is the "going green" brand name to sell them crap.


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  36. Brokenscope says:

    Buy a Wii, it uses no power when off and not actually plugged in since you haven’t played any worthwhile games on it 6 months…..

  37. Derovius says:

     These econuts won’t stop until all major industry grinds to a halt and we’re back to riding horses. Then there is of course PETA who will be decrying the enslavement of horses. You just can’t win with these people.

  38. King of Fiji says:

    Great now I know how to do the opposite of what the self rightous jackoffs at Planet Green want me to do to help the environment.

    I shall do the opposite.

    Thanks jackoffs at Planet Green.  🙂

    Also its not that I’m against being all less polutey and what not because I accutally do like the forest and what not but I’m not an eco freak.  I don’t get why they simply can’t call it the "Less Polutey Movement" instead of going green.  Yes "Less Polutey Movement" sounds retarde.d  But green is getting on my nerves.

    Also what is someone bought a fricking PS3 to watch Blu Ray movies on it?!?!?!!  

  39. DeepThorn says:

    I rather paint console green…  Though these are good things to know if you are money strapped, it will save you what in your bill?  $5 a month?  Instead, replace your light bulbs with the more energy efficient ones, but they have mercury, so there is no winning. 

    Other than that:
    -tankless water heater
    -shorter showers
    -energy star products
    -use blinds/drapes wisely given the season
    -make sure windows and doors are well sealed during the more intense seasons
    -if you are home alone in a room 12×12 or smaller with a computer, you can normally keep the heat turned down to the level you do to keep pipes from freezing, and just shut the door
    -wear more layers in the winter when at hope so you can keep the heat down
    -make sure all electronics are shut down when not in use as much as possible, not just game consoles
    -if you are not using something at all hardly ever, completely unplug it, because just being plugged in, it can be drawing energy from the outlet
    -many more things that you can google

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