Paul NyhartcloseAuthor: Paul Nyhart
Name: Paul Nyhart
About: Paul Nyhart has been the Head Editor and Writer of JaceHallShow.com since Season 3. He began his career as a sports announcer, segueing into the world of voice-over and film production. Send all tips to Paul@HDfilms.comSee Authors Posts (394)
In case you missed the news last week, word spread faster than a knife fight in a phone booth that the Red Cross was considering applying the Geneva Convention to gamers playing “war-based video games.” The Geneva Convention in a nutshell makes the humanitarian treatment of prisoners of war mandatory and addresses the humane treatment of individuals across the landscape of the world.
Here was the snippet from the Red Cross:
Exactly how video games influence individuals is a hotly debated topic, but for the first time, (Red Cross) partners discussed our role and responsibility to take action against violations of International Humanitarian Law in video games…there is clearly no simple answer. There is, however, an overall consensus and motivation to take action.
That “consensus to take action” lasted all of 4 days, as the Red Cross has cooled their heels and just this past weekend announced (via MSNBC):
The Swiss-based humanitarian group assured gamers Thursday that “serious violations of the laws of war can only be committed in real-life situations. The ICRC says it is nevertheless interested in working with video game makers to promote a better understanding of international humanitarian law because some companies also develop war simulations for armed forces.
This not only validates gamers as law abiding individuals (as if we needed the Red Cross to do so), but goes against many law-maker’s opinions that video game simulations are in many facets tantamount to real life situations.
Enter Leland Ye, the poster boy for video game censorship:
…The fact that you can push a button and make certain horrific things happen. If you demonstrate to a child that you can do these things, it becomes part of their repertoire for dealing with anger…as you play these games over and over again, you become desensitized. This is the same scenario as people in the armed forces who have a natural tendency to not want to kill, but after a while they don’t feel it anymore.
Ye’s argument is certainly interesting in theory, but it would seem that the statement by the Red Cross all but debunks this point of view.
Will his argument or many parallel cases by censors go away any time soon? Most likely not, but the decision by the Red Cross is certainly a favorable nod towards the gaming community, who for once, got an international organization to acknowledge their actions as directly tied to video games with no affiliation to real life actions.
Post By Paul Nyhart (394 Posts)
Paul Nyhart has been the Head Editor and Writer of JaceHallShow.com since Season 3. He began his career as a sports announcer, segueing into the world of voice-over and film production. Send all tips to Paul@HDfilms.com
Meet the one of a kind Atari accessory that makes sense of the iPhone in a way only classic, 1337 gamerz could ever have imagined.
A new iOS app released today by developer XVision is a remake of the 1981 classic "Donkey.Bas", which was co-written by none other than Microsoft's Bill Gates for IBM's running…
Following the release of Apple's 2012 Supplier Responsibility Report several reports are starting to come out backing up claims of poor working conditions within the company's supply chain in China.…
Netflix has officially announced it will be abandoning any and all plans to rent out video games by mail.
Here's ACTA, yet another in a line of four letter acronyms which could infringe on the rights of citizens everywhere.
A new feature being developed by Microsoft is stirring up a bit of controversy, not necessarily for its ability to help you avoid dangerous parts of town, but mainly for…
A report claims Microsoft will upgrade its disc drive in the next-gen Xbox (720?) from its standard DVD drive to a Blu-Ray drive similar in Sony's PS3. The report cites…
Blizzard is giving you a chance to get a piece of WoW history...and it's all for a charitable cause.
Have Your Xbox 360 and Eat Your Hot-Pocket, Too. Food doesn't cause obesity, attachments to the ends of our XBOX controllers do...
Several Richmond, Kentucky-area criminal investigations are on suspension, following a decision by the Supreme Court that GPS tracking of suspected criminals is illegal without a court-issued warrant.