Gamers told to stop committing war crimes and play by ‘Rules of War’ online

Humanitarian charity Red Cross have asked gamers to stop committing war crimes from their couch on the virtual battlefield.

Ignoring the "Rules of War" could be desensitising those trooping through the fields of Call of Duty: Warzone, and the charity is determined to change perceptions.

Enlisting streamers as a way of changing those views on ethical, online warfare, gamers are being asked to follow the four key rules of combat to make their Victory Royale an ethical one too.

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The International Committee of the Red Cross is hoping those streamers will inspire gamers to conduct themselves appropriately "right from their couch".

A statement from the Red Cross read: "Every day, people play games set in conflict zones right from their couch. But right now, armed conflicts are more prevalent than ever.

"To the people suffering from their effects, this conflict is not a game. It destroys lives and leaves communities devastated… we’re challenging you to play FPS by the real Rules of War, to show everyone that even wars have rules."

Challenge accepted, and for many gamers, the four rules of warfare have been followed to the letter, as evidenced by recent Twitch streams.

Those four rules are simple enough and following them has been a new addition or even challenge for gamers across the globe, TheGamer reported.

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The "Rules of War" to be followed are to not shoot downed or unresponsive enemies, no targeting of non-violent NPCs, no targeting civilian buildings and using medical kits on everyone.

That means no hogging the scarce health packs in Left 4 Dead and coaxing targets of Agent 47 into an aggressive state in the Hitman franchise.

But for those venturing onto the online battlefield, particularly Fortnite and Call of Duty, the Red Cross challenge stands, and Twitch streamers taking it as far as they can.

An official stream from the ICRC has since released, with gamers attempting to play ethically and feeding back to Red Cross representatives after their match.

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