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The Red Cross Wants Virtual War Crimes Punished In Video Games

• Alexander Abad-Santos
 For example, the organization has been hinting that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should face war crimes for about two years and many would argue that he hasn't really faced any real consequences for his litany of sins which includes gassing his own people.

The agency apparently wants to change that in the virtual world too and is urging developers to punish gamers who violate the Geneva Convention. Killing civilians, torture, and killing medical personnel are some of the things the ICRC is taking umbrage with, and addressed in a statement. They write: 
Gamers should be rewarded for respecting the law of armed conflict and there should be virtual penalties for serious violations of the law of armed conflict, in other words war crimes.  This already exists in several conflict simulation games. Game scenarios should not reward players for actions that in real life would be considered war crimes.

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