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December 11, 2011

Overnight Open Thread - End O'the Week Edition

The Red Cross and Video Games - Or Why You Might Already Be a War Criminal

So the International Red Cross seems to have run out of things to worry about despite the multiple on-going human rights abuses in Syria and pretty much all of Africa and so they've turned their eye towards ...video games:

Delegates at the 31st International Conference of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Red Crescent raised the concerns over the potential “International Humanitarian Law” violations – which can constitute war crimes – during a workshop in Geneva.
“Exactly how video games influence individuals is a hotly debated topic, but for the first time, Movement partners discussed our role and responsibility to take action against violations of IHL in video games,” the Red Cross wrote in its daily bulletin.
“The aim for the ICRC is that they send the right signals to their hundreds of millions of players by rewarding respect for IHL and penalising violations,” the spokesperson said.

The Red Cross said if it finds the conventions have been violated, they may ask game developers to conform to international laws or encourage governments to create laws that regulate the gaming industry, Kotaku reported.

Realizing how insanely stupid this sounded to normal people i.e. ones who don't make their living off the human rights industry the PR department at the ICRC quickly jumped into action and declared the whole concern moot.

So the good news is that it's not a war crime to play Call of Duty. On the other hand the 32nd ICRC conference is less than a year away so be wary of what the delegates will come up with next.


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