Red Cross wants to apply Geneva Convention to games

Posted by Emma Woollacott

You'd think the Red Cross would have enough to be worrying about - Afghanistan, famine in east Africa, that sort of thing.

But at a conference this week, members found time to take some light relief from discussing child protection and disaster response laws, and have a go at regulating gamers instead.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies says something must be done about the violation of international humanitarian law in games such as Call of Duty or Battlefield 3.

"While the Movement works vigorously to promote international humanitarian law (IHL) worldwide, there is also an audience of approximately 600 million gamers who may be violating IHL in the virtual world," it says sternly.

"Participants were asked: 'what should we do, and what is the most effective method?' While National Societies shared their experiences and opinions, there is clearly no simple answer. There is, however, an overall consensus and motivation to take action."

Clearly, with millions of innocent pixels being slaughtered and tortured on a daily basis, something must be done.

But why stop at breaches of international humanitarian law, we ask? After all, even Angry Birds must violate dozens of animal cruelty laws. Put a stop to the lot of them, we say.