Remember the E.T. video game landfill documentary? The film served as an eye-opener for the amazing amount of waste the video game industry leaves behind.
Tomorrow, with the launch of the Xbox One, the XBOX 360 will be a thing of the past. Sure, some games will still be rolling out for the console, but as you think about sunsetting your XBOX , consider what recycling could for the community rather than tossing it to the landfills of Staton Island or Alameda, California.
Here's some ideas on what to do with it:
1) Donate to Get Well Gamers, an organization that will send along your games and console to children hospitals. (Tax-deductible!)
4) Walk down to your local Housing Works or Salvation Army where they will be able to sell it and use the cash to help families and/or those who are affected by HIV/AIDS in need. (Tax-deductible!)
5) Talk to your local Boys/Girls Club and see if they'd like a console for an after-school program (be smart about what games you include).
REMEMBER, be sure to restore factory settings on your xbox and wipe the data so that your privacy is protected!
Denis Griffith (@griffopolis) recently led global UX initiatives for Emirates Airline, launching iteratively this year, while XCD/head of UX at Atmosphere Proximity. Denis also served as director of UX with Havas Life, helping to create one of the first presentation builder and sales aid iPad apps. He is also an avid gamer and just recently created educational experiences for learning using the Kinect as part of a National Science Foundation grant application.