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Red Cross: “We challenge you to play FPS according to the true rules of war”

War is hell and it brings out the worst in people, that’s a universal truth. Just look at pictures of the current conflict in Ukraine, in which Russia has already committed heinous war crimes. However, there are some rules of war that most countries have agreed to abide by (even Russia, even if they don’t), and now the International Red Cross believes that players should also abide by them in order to be better people.

Now they have launched a new campaEsports Extrascalled Play by the Rules. It’s basically a code of honor of how you should treat people in a real conflict translated into video games, although this is something that will definitely lose you online:


No thirst: When an enemy is down and can’t respond, you can’t keep shooting at them.
Do not attack non-violent NPCs: Bots that do not fire without provocation are considered civilians, and you cannot attack or damage them.
Do not aim at civilian buildings: On any game map, houses, schools or hospitals are considered safe zones that you cannot damage. When fighting in these spaces, you must do everything possible to avoid damage.
Use first aid kits in all: If you have an unused medkit that works on others, you should give it to those who need it, whether they are friends or enemies.

We think it’s a good idea to remind players of these rules, even if they are 100% useless in video games, even though very few of us (hopefully) will have to deal with a real war.

Red Cross: "We challenge you to play FPS by the true rules of war"