Call of Duty: Super Awesome International Humanitarian Law Expansion

By Rick Mendenhall

Video games? Humanitarian Laws of War? Learning?! If you like those three things, and don’t think that free ice cream is the “solution” to kids indulging in violent video games, you should attend the Red Cross’s upcoming panel discussion on the incorporation of international humanitarian law into video games.

Despite various studies discrediting the argument that violent video games lead to an increase in violence, the debate rages on. The Red Cross though has adopted a different approach with war games believing they are a perfect platform for promoting social good. Their upcoming talk will focus on how video games can integrate and educate players about the laws of armed conflict (international humanitarian law). Other topics will include censorship and freedom of speech issues for video games. Hope to see you there.