International Committee of the Red Cross Challenges Gamers to Play First-Person Shooters by the Real Rules of War

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The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), a humanitarian organization based in Geneva that aims to protect victims of international and internal armed conflicts, is making a call to all FPS gamers to play by the Rules of War, a set of rules that were implemented to protect the humanity and dignity of people all over the world. Four rules have been listed by the ICRC on a landing page for its “Play by the Rules” campaign, including no targeting of non-violent NPCs, no targeting of civilian buildings, and no thirsting (shooting at an incapacitated, downed player). Some of the world’s top FPS streamers demonstrated how well they could adhere to these rules in PUBG: Battlegrounds as part of an event that ran on April 15 via Twitch.

From an ICRC post:

Every day, people play games set in conflict zones right from their couch. But right now, armed conflicts are more prevalent than ever. And to the people suffering from their effects, this conflict is not a game. It destroys lives and leaves communities devastated. Therefore, we’re challenging you to play FPS by the real Rules of War, to show everyone that even wars have rules—rules which protect humanity on battlefields IRL.

What are the Rules of War set up to protect?
The Rules are set up to maintain humanity in armed conflicts, ultimately reducing suffering and saving lives.

Who is protected under the Rules of War?
Civilians, aid workers, medical personnel (those not fighting) as well as injured soldiers and prisoners (those not able to fight).

What other places or items do the Rules protect?
Water sources, crops, livestock and civilian housing should not be harmed—anything key to survival for those not involved in the conflict itself.

How should the sick and wounded be treated during wartime?
The Rules of War mandate that the sick and wounded—no matter which side they’re on—have the right to be cared for.

How do the Rules of War prevent unnecessary suffering?
The Rules state that weapons and tactics used in war must avoid excess suffering and torture of prisoners is forbidden.

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Tsing Mui
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