Playing War Games Could Soon Make You A War Criminal
The International Committee of the Red Cross is examining war games and whether they violate the Geneva Conventions (international rules established in 1949 that protect victims of wars). The Conventions dictate, among other things, that prisoners of war, wounded or sick fighters, civilians, and medical or religious personnel be treated with dignity and not be made subject to torture or other forms of excessive violence. They're, uh, pretty important.
But should they apply to video games?
“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.