Starting this month, EA Sports games are no longer shipping with paper manuals. While EA's stated intent is to support the greening of the gaming industry, this move will also save the company in paper, printing and shipping costs. If you're one of the two or three people still reading game manuals, don't fret, as all EA Sports titles will now include an electronic manual with the game.
You may remember us reporting that Ubisoft made a similar policy change around Earth Day last year, as well as announcing that they would start phasing in 100% recycled cases for their games. According to Eurogamer:
Ubisoft has worked out that one ton of game-manual paper costs the planet roughly 13 trees (and all the squirrels and owls and snakes that live in them). And making that amount of paper pumps out 6000lbs of CO2 gas and 15000 gallons of waste water.
After doing the metric conversion, might I add: Holy crap, that's a lot of waste. 57 000 litres just to make paper that (let's face it) people stopped reading in the 90s?
So good on you, EA Sports and Ubisoft. Here's hoping more companies pick up the gauntlet. And while we're at it, don't forget Earth Hour this weekend.