Oddworld Inhabitants: Saving The World One Digital Download At A Time


Posted December 22, 2008 - By r_pad

Oddworld Inhabitants has been using digital distribution to reintroduce its old games to new players and give Oddworld veterans a chance to stroll down memory lane. Through services like GOG and Steam, the company is using digital distribution to rebuild the Oddworld brand as the company gets set to dive back into creating games. In a recent interview with Gamasutra, Oddworld Inhabitants co-founder and president Lorne Lanning spoke about how digital distribution is more cost effective and environmentally friendly.

"There’s petrochemical manufacturing for the DVD jewel cases, fuel for the container ships bringing goods over seas, trains and trucks taking games to the retail shelf, forklifts in the warehouse, paper for the hint guides, labor, facilities, etc. Every one of these costs has increased, and will continue to, but with Steam, these costs no longer exist. And that’s great, because none of those [distribution costs] has ever brought any additional value to the actual gameplay experience, but has doubled the price of a game by the time it hits the shelf."

It's excellent to hear someone of Lanning's stature talk about these issues. Digital distribution is definitely the future, but most people think about it in terms of customer convenience or being more profitable for the developer. While his examples were in the context of cost savings, they're also clearly better for the planet. It's my hippie dream that more people will be mindful of what they buy and use, and consider if there's a better way to go about it. Remember kids: reduce, reuse,Raycycle Gcycle!


Oddworld Inhabitants: Saving The World One Digital Download At A Time


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