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Wednesday September 03, 2014

Downloading Games Causes More Pollution Than Boxed Games

A new study claims that boxed games results in lower greenhouse gas emissions than digitally downloaded games. confused

Contrary to findings in previous research on music distribution, distribution of games by physical BDs results in lower greenhouse gas emissions than by Internet download. The estimated carbon emissions from downloading only fall definitively below that of BDs for games smaller than 1.3 GB. Sensitivity analysis indicates that as average game file sizes increase, and the energy intensity of the Internet falls, the file size at which BDs would result in lower emissions than downloads could shift either up- or downward over the next few years.