How many game systems do gamers own?
Do you have more than one version of any Gameboy iteration?
Own any extra peripherals and controllers you no longer use?
and the big question
What will you do with your Rock Band Drum Set when you tire of Rock Band?
Waste is a very large part of our society and so is gaming. The waste that is being created
by gamers is growing every year. As gamers, it is important to have the latest system,
game, or accessory. But where does it end? I know several 360 owners who have
purchased new Elite 360s. DS owners with fat and slim DSs. PS3 owners excited at the
news of a
new slim PS3. Isn't one working system enough? Do you need
multiple pieces of equipment that are essentially the same thing, just in different
packaging? How many next gen systems does one gamer need?
Every piece of hardware, software, and peripheral leaves a carbon footprint, some larger
than others. What is the environmental cost everytime you make a purchase? Will you use
the item for a
prolonged period of time? Look at the Wii fit board, how long until it is landfill?
done a great job identifying areas that the big three can improve in and also provides a link
so you can email the company of your choice recommending they become more earth
friendly. Visit the site and drop the big three a note today.
Personally, do something about the problem. I did. I made a choice to not buy the complete
Rock Band set. I have the game but I
use my Xplorer guitar from GHII and a USB mic. I don't have the drums nor will I purchase
them. All those Rock Band drums, the two million plus out there, will eventually have to be
thrown away. I'm really disappointed that a more environmentally friendly alternative isn't
available for the drum set like these
mini sized drum pads
. I want to play the drums in Rock
Band but not at the expense of the planet's future.
Perhaps you are familiar with the worse video game offense that I know of. The Atari 2600
. Atari was so
concerned with their image they crushed and then slabbed over truckloads of E.T.
cartridges that weren't selling. Even though the game sucked, the waste Atari created was
So what can we, the gamers, do to make gaming greener? Here are some simple steps:
1. Only purchase necessary gaming accessories. Fan systems, steering wheels, cases, and
other peripherals are not needed to enjoy the games. Do you really need a stage kit with
smoke and mirrors to enjoy Rock Band? How many steering wheels do you need? Restrain
your purchases and the larger the item the more cautious you should be when purchasing
it. Case in point, where are all those Steel Battalion controllers nowadays?
your old video game equipment. Trust me,
there is a gamer who wants what you have. I recently acquired an Atari Jaguar and am
looking for an Alien vs Predator. Don't throw the old games and systems away, someone...
somewhere wants them. Lets keep them out of the landfills.
3. Recycle your electronics. Costco
established a trade in program with Greensight
Technologies where you can even get cash back for trading in your electronics. It is sad but
only 1 in 4
consumers in the United States actually
recycle their electronic waste. Way too
much is making it to the landfills that shouldn't.
Happy Earth Day everyone, game green!