A couple of years later, Pong became the first commercially successful video game. As video arcades grew and video games became more sophisticated, many people thought gaming was a fad or suspicious pastime. Even those who attained the rank of Space Avenger on Gorf had no idea how ubiquitous gaming PCs and consoles would become.
This blog will explore the connections between our virtual lives and the real environment. Some of these connections will be tenuous, even ridiculous, but still fun to think about. Others will make sense and may even lead to improvement in our lives. Most of these connections will fall under the following subjects:
- The environmental effects of the gaming industry and hobby
- The environmental advantages of digital distribution
- Games that address environmental issues
- How to be a greener gamer
My goal is to write an article about these subjects on a weekly basis, with the occasional non-gaming or non-environmental post thrown in just for fun.
I'll close with some green advice on this Earth Day. Tips on going green abound on the Internet, so I'll just make one suggestion. If your home or workplace tends to leave its PCs on 24 hours a day, find out why. If the PCs aren't running critical applications, have them shut down tonight. See how that works for you, then consider shutting them down every night.