First person shooters, and this should come as no surprise, are a fairly popular genre. The International Committee of the Red Cross has also noticed this and is now giving fans an interesting challenge.
“Play by the Rules” is what the committee says on a special website. In the course of this campaign, shooter players should adhere to the rules that come into play in real war conflicts. “That’s why we challenge you to play FPS by the true rules of war, to show everyone that wars have rules too – rules that protect humanity on real-world battlefields,” the Red Cross said.
The challenge: Focus on four important rules
Of course, those responsible do not require that you follow all the rules of the challenge. Instead, according to the Red Cross website, there are four points that are also used in international law:
“No Thirsting”: If an enemy is injured on the ground, you can no longer shoot at them.“No Targeting Non-Violent NPCs”: Bots that don’t shoot at you first and civilian NPCs in general may not be attacked.“No Targeting Civilian Buildings”: Homes, schools, and hospitals must not be targeted under any circumstances – when there’s absolutely no other choice on a map, it’s all about avoiding damage as much as possible.“Use Med Kits on everyone”: If you have unused healing items, then you must also use them for teammates and injured enemies.
The rules of war preserve our humanity. pic.twitter.com/4eWce7l69R
— ICRC (@ICRC) April 16, 2023
Anyone who recalls current shooters will quickly realize that implementing the rules is not that easy and sometimes even impossible. Enemies can be in popular shooters like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 or Counter-Strike: Global Offensive not heal. In Battle Royale representatives, it often happens that opponents who are on the ground also have to be killed.
Cooperation with Arma and Fortnite
The current action of the Red Cross is intended to generate attention because there are currently over 100 active conflict zones in the world. Some of these areas are also part of first-person shooters that are played by several thousand players every day.
In the course of the campaign one also cooperates with Arma 3 and Fortnite. For the former, the focus is appropriately on the Laws of War DLC, in which you have to complete a training course on martial law, among other things. Fortnite has its own map, which explains the various rules in a playful way.