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The international humanitarian organization, The Red Cross, is asking game developers to follow international laws of war when developing war-themed video games. The Red Cross believes that “as virtual war games are becoming close to reality, the rules of war should be included,” they told the BBC on Saturday. They even have a big-name developer of war games backing up this demand: Bohemia Interactive, the developers of the ARMA series.
If you haven’t brushed up on your military law, here are some of the basics on the laws of war (according to that demigod of high school essays, Wikipedia), and a few examples of games that violate them: Continue reading “Should First-Person Shooters Follow the Geneva Conventions?” »
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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:
Exactly how video games influence individuals is a hotly debated topic, but for the first time, Continue reading “You’re Safe For Now…Red Cross Will NOT Charge Gamers With War Crimes” »
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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). Continue reading “War Crimes and War Games: Does The Red Cross Want In?” »