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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:
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With the recent influx of games like Call of Duty and Battlefield 3 flooding the market, Kotaku reported the international Red Cross has announced that it’s investigating whether the rules of the Geneva and Hague conventions should be made mandatory in war-based video games.
THE GENEVA CONVENTION TREATY
To further elaborate the issue, here’s some history: The rules and regulations of the Geneva Convention (first held in 1864) make mandatory the humanitarian treatment of war victims, addressing the humane treatment of people overall (or lack thereof).
The following Hague Convention (first held in 1899) addresses specific kinds of warfare (chemical, bio-chemical, and so forth). Keep Reading