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How many hours do you use your consoles each week?

40+ hours 7 33.33%
30-40 hours 3 14.29%
20-30 hours 2 9.52%
10-20 hours 9 42.86%

I don't know how to feel about this.

I love gaming as much as everyone here, but I don't wanna see a future where the air is way harder to breath and the ocean's too warm.

How many people are actually working to fix this, and are they doing as good of a job as they should be? The only way I can see myself helping this right now is by cutting down my own gaming time by a lot.

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most things ruin the environment.

If you seriously believe in doing everything you can for the environment you would need to stop most forms of media, and if you do that then that is highly commendable.
Realistically, I imagine most ppl wouldn't.

The way I see it, just try to make positive changes to your life, which you are able to, that will help the environment. eat less meat, buy 2nd hand hardware if possible, game less, use less water etc etc.

Or maybe I am wrong, that is just my thoughts on the subject.

Everything does. Including farts. I use LED bulbs in my place and many days leave the lights off during the day and night. Some days have them on,just depends. A do a few small things but nothing extreme to help out.

Bite my shiny metal cockpit!

Yeah. Also try to have as low as possible carbon footprint.

I avoid overly-processed foods, LED lighting for my home, don't run heaters (Winter in Australia isn't to bad anyway.), don't run the clothes dryer unless it's raining and I urgently need dry clothes... Walk, jog, use the bicycle as much as possible rather than use transport.

Plus it's generally healthier living anyway.

Being carbon neutral though isn't about eliminating *everything* that adds carbon into the environment. - It's about only adding carbon into the environment at the same rate that gets taken out by natural or unnatural processes.

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Lol it’s not. I’d worry more about limiting the worst offenders (India and China)

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Yeah. It does. But not more than other hobbies in general. I feel good about my gaming habits, as I think they are probably the most eco-conscious way of spending my free time, compared to what my friends are doing in general.

Vote the Mayor for Mayor!

Everything will come to an end eventually. Enjoy it while it lasts and make the most of it. After the high times are over it's every man for himselft.

Hunting Season is done...

Just play on PC. Problem solved.

If you demand respect or gratitude for your volunteer work, you're doing volunteering wrong.

A very small percentage of your carbon footprint comes from playing video games. The majority of domestic electricity use is from heating/air conditioning, water heating, major appliances (mainly your fridge and clothes drying), and lighting. TVs and all related peripherals (e.g., game consoles, cable/satellite boxes, DVD/Blu-ray players) combined average about 7% of all electricity usage. (Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration).

Even if everybody stopped playing video games, it wouldn't make a dent on our combined CO2 emissions. Keeping the temperature comfortable in your house produces far more CO2, so see if alternate means of climate control are viable for you. Driving produces more CO2, so reduce your trips, ride with other people, or walk/bike when you can. And this would all be a non-issue anyway if we transitioned away from fossil fuels for electricity generation. Instead of ditching our hobbies, we'd make more of an impact if we ditched coal and gas for nuclear and renewables for electricity generaiton (residential solar needs to be a lot cheaper), and transitioned from gasoline-powered vehicles to electric vehicles for transportation.

As for the garbage gaming produces, I've done the math, and games don't produce that much garbage. On the software side, as of Dec. 31, 2019, there were just over 1.1 billion PS4 games shipped globally. Now, presumably not all of those are physical copies, but let's assume that about 80% of them are, meaning nearly 900 million discs. One PS4 disc has the standard DVD/BD volume of about 13.57 cubic centimeters, so if you melted all those discs down and made a cube out of them said cube would be only a little over 23 meters per edge. That could fit into my small-ish back yard, and would only be a tiny section of the typical landfill. And the game cases (original dimensions, meaning not melted down, since they are storage boxes) occupy only about 23.67 times the volume of a disc, meaning a roughly cubic shaped stack of 900 million PS4 game cases would be about 66 meters per edge. So, even if every PS4 owner in the world threw out all of their physical copies, case and all, the amount of garbage would be far, far from ruinous (in the U.S. alone, all the garbage tossed in one year amounts to a cube 805 meters tall), and I'd submit that only a tiny percentage of those games actually will be discarded. Oh, and game discs and cases can be recycled.

TL;DR, you don't need to feel guilty for playing video games, any more than you need to feel guilty for enjoying the occasional hamburger. The impact is minimal compared to other things we do.

Last edited by Shadow1980 - on 03 March 2020


In accordance to the VGC forum rules, §8.5, I hereby exercise my right to demand to be left alone regarding the subject of the effects of the pandemic on video game sales (i.e., "COVID bump").

Gaming has a lower impact than going out for entertainment. If people stop gaming, they're not quietly going to sit in the dark instead...

You could also say sports ruin the environment. A more active life style needs more fuel and the food production chain is the worst offender for CO2 footprint. When I go cycling for hours in the summer, I come home, cold drink, burgers on the bbq, get those energy and protein levels back up. I eat and drink a lot less during winter.

Last edited by SvennoJ - on 02 March 2020