...By Lola Smith for TDPel Media.
The Red Cross, a humanitarian charity, has called on gamers to stop committing war crimes from the comfort of their couches on the virtual battlefield.
The charity is concerned that ignoring the “Rules of War” in games like Call of Duty: Warzone could desensitise players, so it is determined to change perceptions.
The International Committee of the Red Cross has enlisted streamers to help change views on ethical, online warfare, encouraging gamers to follow four key rules to make their gameplay ethical.
The charity hopes that these streamers will inspire others to conduct themselves appropriately “right from their couch”.
The charity released a statement asking people to play FPS (first-person shooter) games by the real Rules of War, reminding them that armed conflicts are not a game and that wars have rules.
The four rules are simple:
do not shoot downed or unresponsive enemies, do not target non-violent NPCs, do not target civilian buildings, and use medical kits on everyone.
The charity is asking players to follow these rules in games, even though it’s virtual, to show that even wars have rules.
The charity’s challenge has already been accepted by many gamers, with some following the rules to the letter.
For those playing games such as Fortnite and Call of Duty online, the Red Cross challenge stands, with Twitch streamers taking it as far as they can.
The ICRC has even released an official stream with gamers attempting to play ethically and feeding back to Red Cross representatives after their match.
However, it remains to be seen whether gamers will continue to play the ethical way.
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