We at the Media Violence Resource Center have just recently become aware of an effort by the International Committee of the Red Cross asking the question above about violent video games that depict acts of war.
As the group indicates on their site, at “the 31st International Conference that met Geneva in November 2011 participants also explored the role that the law of armed conflict plays, or does not play, in simulations of war. They considered various ways in which the rules applicable in armed conflict could feature in simulations. The side event was an informal discussion; no resolution or plan of action was adopted.”
The mere idea that such a prestigious and influential organization is hosting such a discussion is great news. We hope that it doesn’t end here. More than an internal discussion, the Red Cross can be just the beginning of an important public discourse about the impacts of video game violence.