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Buy a PC... Save the Earth!

January 11, 2007


This is the year of tiny things. Of all people, somehow Al Gore made it cool to be green. But when it comes to global warming, we PC gamers have a lot to answer for. And I'm not just talking about the warmth blasted out by my overclocked PC at home, which radiates searing heat not unlike the surface of the sun whenever I try to play the Vanguard Beta. Your typical desktop chews up a lot of energy, which has to be generated at a power planet somewhere that's cranking out greenhouse gasses. So what's a happening, earth-loving PC freak to do?

One answer comes from Dell Computer. At CES the company announced that Dell is going green by offering a special option for people who buy PCs to make the transaction "Carbon Neutral." Carbon Neutral means that steps are taken to offset the greenhouse gasses that powering your computer will produce. In this case, it's as simple as a "Planet a Tree" button on your order form. Check it, tack a few bucks onto your bill, and the company will make sure a tree is planted to balance out three years of PC power. Have some delicious oxygen, Planet Earth!

It's pretty clear to me that going green isn't just good for the planet -- it's obviously a great way to market your stuff to planet-conscious techies. I'm going to initiate a program here at GameSpy and FilePlanet. It works like this: subscribe to any one of our online products or services, and I will personally take action to reduce dangerous CO2 emissions by holding my breath for one minute. Whoa, hey -- not all at once now...

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Edited on: January 11, 2007 9:56 AM PST
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