Microsoft vs. Nintendo: The Battle for the Basement

Andy Chalk

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Microsoft vs. Nintendo: The Battle for the Basement


Nintendo is still the Big Bad Dog on Greenpeace's most recent Guide to Greener Electronics [http://www.greenpeace.org/international/campaigns/toxics/electronics/how-the-companies-line-up/], but Microsoft is coming on strong and looks ready to take a shot at the title

It will be three years in November since Nintendo set a low-water mark by becoming the first company ever to score a flat zero [http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/79330-Nintendo-MIcrosoft-Flunk-Greenpeace-Ranking] on the Greenpeace Guide to Greener Eletronics. It's been last-place finishes ever since for the House That Mario Built, but while it's been slowly creeping up the basement steps, Microsoft has been stumbling down them.

April 2009 [http://www.nintendo.com]. The company earned points for banning phthalates, "monitoring the use of antimony and beryllium" and using PVC-free internal wiring in its consoles. "E-waste criteria," however, remains its Achilles' heel and it also took a knock for increasing greenhouse gas emissions despite a commitment to cutting them.

Microsoft [http://www.microsoft.com] comes in at a very close second-to-last finish with a score of 1.9 out of ten, down from 2.4 in January '10 and 2.7 in April '09. The company actually put together a (relatively) respectable mark of 2.9, but then lost a full point for backtracking on a commitment to phase out BFRs and PVCs by the end of 2010. BFRs and phthalates are now scheduled to be gone by the end of 2012, while the PVCs no longer have a clear date for elimination, a delay which did not impress the folks at Greenpeace.

Sony [http://www.sony.com] remains way out in front of its console-making competitors with a score of 5.1 out ten, although it's mired in the middle of the pack overall, sharing sixth place with Panasonic and Motorola. Sony, of course, brings a lot more to the table than just game consoles, but scores well for having models of Vaio PCs, video recoders, digital cameras, portable media players and other equipment that are partially free of BFRs and PVCs. The company also gets a thumbs-up for its use of post-consumer recycled plastics in various products.

It's a bit of an ugly scene for console makers, but scoring is always harsh in reports like this. It's not about congratulating companies for a job well done, after all, but reminding them, and consumers, that they can do more. Even the number one company on the list, Nokia [http://www.nokia.com/], only came away with a 7.5 out of ten. Will this report keep anyone from picking up a Wii or a 360 over the holidays? Probably not. But it's a worthwhile note: You can do more, guys. So do more.


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JediMB

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As I recall, Nintendo got their low rating because they chose not to disclose their recycling plans to Greenpeace.
 

Steve the Pocket

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Greenpeace is a terrorist organization according to our own government. (Or so I keep being told. It seems odd that they aren't getting shipped off to Gitmo if it's true.) Why does anyone care what they think? It's not like they're the only environmental organization in the world. I'd like to see what other groups think.
 

Drop_D-Bombshell

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I know i might be rational, but why should we give a fuck? This doesn't affect me or anyone else I know who buys videogames, we don't suddenly rid ourselves of the products just because green peace thinks their bad. This doesn't matter at all.
 

Bourne Endeavor

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I am certain Microsoft and Nintendo share my exact opinion upon this news. Such that it is a complete waste of time and means essentially nothing. :p
 

SachielOne

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Asehujiko said:
Let me guess, the only way to reach 10 is simply by sponsoring greenfarce?
More likely that the only way to get a 10 is to stop any and all manufacturing whatsoever.
 

CezarIgnat

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Did they use Microsoft/Apple manufactured computers to create the website, write the rating and create the fancy graphics?
 

Space Jawa

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CTU_Loscombe said:
JediMB said:
As I recall, Nintendo got their low rating because they chose not to disclose their recycling plans to Greenpeace.
What does that tell you though?
If they had nothing to hide then they would have disclosed that information
Or they don't see a point in revealing such information just to get a higher ranking on a potentially arbitrary scale that don't mean a whole lot in the grand scheme of things.

But even if not, just because they're hiding something doesn't mean what they're hiding is automatically bad.
 

BrunDeign

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Are we going to throw out our Wiis or 360s? Don't think so, so why does it matter what they're made of?