The race to save the planet from global warming caused by industrial pollution, vehicle emissions, and many other factors, has been going on for decades and in recent years has become more of a concern, especially with the drastic changes in our planet’s weather patterns. Scientists from all parts of the globe are coming up with new ways to help save our planet and regular people like you and I have been coming up with suggestions as well.
A major way that we could reduce the amount of pollution is to change how we manufacture video games and other types of entertainment media. DLC versions of some very popular games can be downloaded right now on your favorite game consoles. If companies only released downloadable versions of console games, the impact on the environment would be substantial.
The amount of pollution caused by the production of many products such as the ever-popular video game, is in itself, overwhelming. Not only do the factories that produce these products release tons of pollutive gasses into the atmosphere, but millions of unwanted or broken video games, cellophane wrappers, and game cases, make their way into our landfills and water-ways every year.
What makes it even worse is most video games and their packaging are made from plastic, a petroleum product. Petroleum products take hundreds of years to decompose and the chemicals that are created during that process can seep into our water table, and eventually into our drinking glasses. Chemicals such as these can lead to cancer, birth defects, and other debilitating conditions.
While we are discussing petroleum; we must not forget the devastating effects that crude oil spills like the massive spill in the Gulf recently, can have on the environment as well our wallets! The environmental impact that spills like these have on our delicate coastal Eco-systems and food supplies could be prevented if less petroleum was needed. Not just to fuel our vehicles and heat our homes, but to produce what gamers love the most—hot, new video games.
Millions of copies of video games like “Call of Duty: Black Ops” and “Halo: Reach” were produced for sale to the masses and that means millions of plastic discs, plastic cases, cellophane wrappers, stickers and labels were produced along to make their release possible. The amount of plastic needed to produce this much product for just the Xbox 360 is insane and there are thousands of more games that go into production for a number of different consoles. Those numbers are astronomical!
The next generation of video game consoles should harness the power of DLC for all released games in the future. Companies such as Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony, have already begun taking advantage of the downloadable media; offering DLC versions of many games and game-add ons through their respective marketplaces and have already seen how popular, and profitable, digital content can be. Now if they could only see how much of an impact that DLC could have on everyone’s lives and the future of our home: Planet Earth.