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Greenpeace Paints Mario as Bad Dude

by Les Thomas - December 14, 2007, 6:28 pm PST
Total comments: 19 Source: Greenpeace

The environmental company launches "Clash of the Consoles" website.

The "Greenpeace vs. the video game industry" saga grows nastier by the day. Greenpeace recently launched a "Clash of the Consoles" site that pastes the Big 3's mascots next to bar graphs that account for: toxic use, toxic policy, recycling credits, and energy use. Their clip-art Mario, with his satanic gleam, stares down Nintendo's ratings: red and more red across the board. But the Wii wins big with its low energy use of 15 Watts. Microsoft apparently has a toxic policy, but doesn't follow it with the Xbox 360 running at 97 W. It seems Sony has the same policy but also recycles while the PS3 console runs at 128 W. Noble but misguided, Greenpeace is not ranking these companies' practices. Instead it becomes a test of the companies' willingness to comply with the requests and demands of the environmental company.

Here's what Greenpeace had to say, officially:

Mario might be super but he's no hero when it comes to avoiding toxic chemicals. He gets zero recycling credits.

At least Mario uses small amount of energy, as long as you don't leave him running all day long!

Comparison: Mario is on a different level when it comes to energy efficiency, with use that matches his diminutive size.

Greenpeace released its quarterly "Guide to Greener Electronics" in late November. It was a surprise hit to the video game industry and Nintendo especially – with the company's earth-shattering, history-making score of zero. But that was just the beginning.

Almost immediately, Ars Technica, the technocrat watchdog, faulted Greenpeace for "flawed" and "lazy" research. They uncovered that Greenpeace made their ratings on information from press materials and not through serious investigation into company practices.

Nintendo UK commented first and was surprised. They stated: "We do not know the basis or methodology used by Greenpeace to produce this report, and therefore cannot comment on it." Greenpeace was quick to counter and released the following: out of the 18 companies rated, Nintendo was the only one not to respond. Greenpeace added: "We hope this [score] is the impetus for Nintendo to be more transparent, progressive and proactive in addressing the problems of toxic chemicals and e-waste."

What next in the saga? It's anyone's guess.

Talkback

NWR_pap64Pedro Hernandez, Contributing WriterDecember 14, 2007

Boy, talk about being late to the party! I made mention of this on the general gaming board a few days ago.

Frankly, I don't know who to believe anymore. Both companies claim that they are righteous but both are making each other look bad. So I just watch and enjoy the show.

Uh...huh.

Backwards Flying DragonsDecember 14, 2007

Greenpeace disgusts me. First PETA, now Greenpeace, only, I really think GP is worse. That's both GPs, this time. (J/K)

Why hasn't Greenpeace actually analyzed the products sold by Nintendo? Isn't their PVC use plan irrelevant if they don't use PVC? I don't know if they do or not, but as far as Greenpeace knows, they don't know either. I haven't seen evidence either way, and since GP hasn't actually looked for evidence, I know that they know as much as I do.

SOAD is the bestDecember 14, 2007

If you watch the video at the very end it looks like they take a little extra jab at nintendo when it says "Jump in tell your tell your game console company Wii would like to live and play in a greener world. Besides who would throw away a Wii?

bubicusDecember 14, 2007

Greenpeace may end up the next Derek Smart if it's not careful.

nickmitchDecember 14, 2007

Green Peace jerks keep hanging around my school. I keep trying to walk to class, but they keep trying to stop me. I usually just speed up and turn up my heads. I don't normally like being rude until they anger me. But, once they tricked me in to a conversation, and I tried not laugh and the guy's speech. He also wanted money, but I told him, "SCS, man. Starving College Students."

Backwards Flying DragonsDecember 14, 2007

Oh, did I mention that a few days ago, I used their email thing to write a letter to Nintendo? They have something pre-written, but you can change everything it says, so I did that. They write to Satoru Iwata, which might be one of their problems in the first place, since NOA would be more appropriate, so instead, I changed "Dear Satoru Iwata" to "Dear Reggie" and proceeded to tell Reggie what the site was doing. Hopefully he gets out a pen and paper and starts taking names.

TanookisuitDecember 14, 2007

While Greenpeace's campaign is poorly executed, they're on to something. Why doesn't Nintendo have better environmental policies? Lately, Apple has been switching their products to recyclable materials (aluminum, glass), maybe Nintendo should try to do the same?

18 DaysDecember 14, 2007

This news article was well written up until the very last line.

TheFleeceDecember 15, 2007

*psh* Rarely anyone ever talks about Sony's contribution to the US military. I understand companies have to try a lot harder to reduce the pollution they generate, but it really seems that Greenpeace didn't do enough research for their study, if it could be called that to begin with.

Nick DiMolaNick DiMola, Staff AlumnusDecember 15, 2007

Screw Greenpeace. They are a bunch of crazy hippy jackasses stirring up sh!t any chance they get. They did NO research and then slammed Nintendo for not making their company practices widely available through the web. What a load of crap.

Madcat221December 15, 2007

Greenpeace is clattering and foaming again! Is Mario a bad enough dude to kick their butts?

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Originally posted by: SOAD is the best
If you watch the video at the very end it looks like they take a little extra jab at nintendo when it says "Jump in tell your tell your game console company Wii would like to live and play in a greener world. Besides who would throw away a Wii?


No, this was an extra jab at all three companies.

"Jump in." was an Xbox 360 catchphrase.
"Wii would like to play." was obviously Wii's.
"Live in your world. Play in ours." was a PlayStation catchphrase.

PodingsDecember 16, 2007

I never liked Greenpeace. And Nintendo never liked to brag widely about what measures they take to preserve the environment, as well as what charities they support.

We could all be self-righteous vigilantes like Greenpeace, but then again, we could also just be nice.

GoldenPhoenixDecember 16, 2007

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Originally posted by: TheFleece
*psh* Rarely anyone ever talks about Sony's contribution to the US military. I understand companies have to try a lot harder to reduce the pollution they generate, but it really seems that Greenpeace didn't do enough research for their study, if it could be called that to begin with.


Your overly large avatar is polluting the boards! Soon we won't be able to breath!

ThePermDecember 17, 2007

obviously greenpeace hasn't seen this old Mario spot
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WPteMFkI2k

also if nintendo or microsoft wanted to they could sue Greenpeace for trademark infringement, mario's design is trademarked.

wow, did some research and they really are buhlshit
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_Greenpeace
the whole press release goof thing just proves their owned by dr robotnik

http://www.ping.be/~ping5859/Eng/answ/PVCToys.html
http://www.ping.be/~ping5859/index2.html
and apparently pvc levels in such things are so low that they have no effect

vuduDecember 18, 2007

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Originally posted by: MegaByte
No, this was an extra jab at all three companies.

"Jump in." was an Xbox 360 catchphrase.
"Wii would like to play." was obviously Wii's.
"Live in your world. Play in ours." was a PlayStation catchphrase.
I had no idea Greenpeace was so clever. Thanks for enlightening me! face-icon-small-happy.gif

UERDDecember 18, 2007

DON'T EAT WII. IT ONLY MAKES YOUR CRAP TOXIC.

Nick DiMolaNick DiMola, Staff AlumnusDecember 18, 2007

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Originally posted by: GoldenPhoenix
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Originally posted by: TheFleece
*psh* Rarely anyone ever talks about Sony's contribution to the US military. I understand companies have to try a lot harder to reduce the pollution they generate, but it really seems that Greenpeace didn't do enough research for their study, if it could be called that to begin with.


Your overly large avatar is polluting the boards! Soon we won't be able to breath!


**cough**cough** Too **cough** late. **cough**

/dead

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