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Red Cross calls on industry to make players accountable for war crimes

Wednesday, 2nd October 2013 03:41 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Given the increasing realism of video games, the International Committee of Red Cross has asked the games industry to implement in-game punishments for depicted acts in violation of international laws of war.

“Video games that are representing battlefields are very close to reality and actually it’s very difficult to [tell] the difference between real footage and the footage you can get from video games,” Francois Senechaud told the BBC, as transcribed by Gamasutra.

“We are arguing that we have to get even closer to reality and we also have to include the rules of conflict [as well].”

Acts featured in recent video games that are considered war crimes include shooting civilians, torture and stealing dog tags. Punishments for such crimes can be heavy – up to and including execution.

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12 Comments

  1. salarta

    I’m for video games implementing this mechanic. I’m against this mechanic being forced on video games. The level of realism of a video game does not give an excuse to essentially censor companies from making games however they want to make them.

    As long as it’s merely an idea or suggestion, not a requirement, then cool of Red Cross to bring it up. It would make for some interesting gameplay.

    #1 12 months ago
  2. badkangaroo

    With the same logic, characters in movies should be punished in court as well. Tarantino movies would be quite a bit longer…

    #2 12 months ago
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    #3 12 months ago
  4. Sini

    SOLD!

    #4 12 months ago
  5. Blackened Halo

    what about death metal? :D those bands should rot in jails according to their (Red Cross) logic

    #5 12 months ago
  6. Dunno

    hahah idiots! Games are in for the special treat! Again!

    #6 12 months ago
  7. Maabren

    “Red Cross”-mode ain’t about reality, its about a dream of how reality should look like. IRL no one gives a shit about international laws of war. Fail!

    #7 12 months ago
  8. Eregol

    Games are a way of escaping reality. Why would we want to be bogged down with too much realism?

    #8 12 months ago
  9. Old MacDonald

    I do genuinely believe that if games go for the realism angle, even if it’s just COD-style realism, then they should at least acknowledge that there are indeed rules that needs to be followed even in wartime situations.

    #9 12 months ago
  10. Winged Nazgul

    Finally an end to spawn camping!

    #10 12 months ago
  11. SplatteredHouse

    Okay, let me see whether I have this right.
    You’re suggesting to me, today, that an ignorant person said a stupid thing. GTA players to suffer loss of a hand after being apprehended?

    #11 12 months ago
  12. deathm00n

    Just include somewhere in your in-game story that war crimes were revoked from the world. Done. Alternate storyline created, realism not needed anymore.

    #12 12 months ago

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