I maintain that digital distribution is the ultimate way to go green, but most console game releases (not counting stuff like Xbox Live Arcade games) still ships on discs. So if you must gift a game this holiday season, at least take comfort in the fact that the video game industry is reducing game packaging thanks to the Eco-box from Viva Group.
The new Xbox 360 game box standard, the Eco-box is thinner and lighter, with much of the savings due to the pie wedge cutouts behind the disc. According to Kotaku, Nintendo is also jumping on the reduced packaging bandwagon for Wii games, starting with first-party titles. Although it’s undisclosed whether they’ll be using Viva’s design, the new packaging will weigh 25 percent less than current packaging.