October 15, 2021

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Why we’re turning our attention to gaming and the climate crisis

I think I’ve always suspected that something happens behind the TV when I download a game or a patch, or I play online, but I’ve never seriously stopped to think about what. And when I say behind the TV, I don’t mean actually behind the TV, I mean on the internet. I know that data gets piped out and sent back, because that’s how I download the files to play games, but beyond that, I don’t really know what’s truly taking place. I’ve never needed to think about it before.

Except recently, I began wondering. I am worried about the climate emergency and I was looking at my life and thinking about the things I do and the effect they have on our world. And I looked at gaming and I didn’t know. It seemed quite clean. There’s no packaging waste in the way there once was because I download most of my games, and none of my machines cause noticeable spikes on my electricity smart meter, not like my shower does.

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