Let's talk about video games and climate change

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Video games in the news

These articles focus on the risks and potentials that video games and technology have on our planet, society and individuals.

πŸ”— THE MANY WAYS VIDEO GAME DEVELOPMENT IMPACTS THE CLIMATE CRISIS

Article by Lewis GordonΒ for TheVerge. - As the climate crisis widens the discussion and reaches more industries, the gaming industry looks for ways to reduce it's environmental impact. The article provides an overview of how the industry is making progress.

PC Gamers can help understand and fight the Covid-19 pandemic by running the [email protected] program.

Graphics cards (have an enormous amount of computational power, which makes them so energy intensive) can be used to simulate protein folding, making them a valuable tool in understanding and fighting the Covid-19 pandemic. You can participate to the [email protected] service, a distributed computing project from Stanford University founded in 2000 and donate computational power by running a software on your computer.

πŸ”— Video: The Uncensored Library – using Minecraft to bypass censorship

A really cool project by Reporters Without Borders! In many countries, websites, social media and blogs are controlled by oppressive leaders. Young people, in particular, are forced to grow up in systems where their opinion is heavily manipulated by governmental disinformation campaigns. But even where most media is blocked, Minecraft is still accessible and can help bypass internet censorship.

πŸ”— A NEW WAVE OF INDIES ARE USING GAMES TO EXPLORE CLIMATE CHANGE

Article by Cian Maher for TheVerge. - Games have huge potential as interactive education tools. The article looks at the indie games Beyond Blue, Abzu, Endling, Temtem, Bee Simulator and the people behind these games. A great quote from one of the gameamakers: β€œWe believe that well-crafted games have the power to speak to the human condition,” he tells me. β€œ bring new and diverse voices to the medium, and celebrate the complexity and beauty of our planet, helping us to understand and shape our world.”

πŸ”— Microsoft announces plans to be “carbon negative” by 2030

Article by Rebekah Valentine, staff writer at gamesindustry.biz. - Article about the great news that Microsoft just announced! Microsoft has committed that they will be carbon negative by 2030 for direct emissions and their entire supply and value chain.

πŸ”— Australian university launches study into industry carbon emissions.

Article by Haydn Taylor, senior staff writer at gamesindustry.biz. - Led by Dr Ben Abraham at The University of Technology in Sydney, a survey has launched to measure the environmental impact of game development. The survey also attempts to asses the position of developers towards climate change.

πŸ”— Twitch Streamers Raise Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars To Fight Australian Bushfires

Article by Nathan Grayson, senior reporter at Kotaku. - The article tells the story of a group of streamers that raised $220,000 to fight Australian bushfires in 36 hours. Great example of the community coming together. Let's not just treat the symptoms, but work to be part of the solution too though!

πŸ”— Video: Google and Amazon are now in the oil business / Vox.com

Video by VOX.com - Tech giants Google, Microsoft, and Amazon are working with Big Oil to extract more oil and gas by using machine learning. The companies have been very vocal and active about their sustainability efforts. In parallel though, they are currently teaming up with the fossil fuel industry and profiting from them.

πŸ”— THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF A PLAYSTATION 4

Article by Lewis Gordon for the verge. - An excellent article breaking down the environmental and human impacts of Sony’s Playstation 4 console. Looking at our hardware is another crucial piece of the puzzle to figure out how of what video games have to do with climate change.