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Should gamers be accountable for in-game
war crimes?
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    • All of us who played the airport scene in modern warfare
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    • Should kids be jailed for torture for dunking their lego figures in water?
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    • The people that legitimately have this mentality are dangerous, they can’t seem to differ between reality and pretend...
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    • Yeah. And while we are at it. Anyone who participates in Airsoft or Paintball should be charged for assault and murderous intent. Oh and people who reenact historical battles should be tried for the deeds of the figures they portray.
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    • I think everyone would be arrested because of No Russian
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    • If I ever get charged with No Russian from modern warfare I will personally break out of prison and overthrow the government
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    • rimworld players:
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    • My ass has probably violated every god damn artical under the geneva convention.
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    • Same with movies, let's start with the actors in nacros
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    • I’m responsible for billions of in game deaths
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    • Should Gov students be punished for driving their fake economies into the ground?
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    • I like how the image is Spec Ops: The Line. If you wanna play a mental fuck ride of a game with top tier writing, play that game. Just play it.
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    • I feel my iq go down a little whenever I open huffpost, independent or the guardian
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    • Arma players:
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    • This is the type of scum Twitter culture breeds
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    • I've kilIed millions of grineer and taxmen
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    • Oh fuck. I play rimworld... The countless atrocities I've done in that game would give me the death penalty.
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    • I'll see you all in prison then
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    • Remember no Russian
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    • Anyone who play. CoD or spec ops are bad... but imagine playing a Civilization or paradox game?
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    • I just spent a whole day collecting NPCs with a bug net and turning them into omnistations and grim dye. I don’t think that’ll go over well in court
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    • No Russian and Spec Ops: The Line would get us the death penalty
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    • Having played stellaris I happily genocided whole species of xenos just because they were ugly and for shits and giggles
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    • The article title is willfully click-baity and it really sells to the outrage mob and people who can't be bothered to read beyond a title. The who premise is that the red cross proposes that video games where real life violence is portrayed should do it in a tactful way...
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    • To play the devils advocate here: I think the article means the game calls you out for doing admittedly shit things
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    • Plague inc flashbacks
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    • The title is misleading. The article is actually stating there should be more in-game consequences for war crimes committed in-game. I still disagree, but the article is not stating that people should have real-life criminal charges.
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    • Me playing GTA
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    • Me who literally has shattered dozens of worlds in stellaris each with populations in the 10 billions.
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    • Death row would fill up completely depending on which state you’re in lol
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    • Bideo game crime
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    • When you played HOIV as Germany 😬
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    • Turning into a PC nation...
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    • Sometimes I wonder if they hire the shitty journalist as a way to condition us to be disgusted by them so that when a the time for a politician we support suggests journalist should have a special license before giving their report,opinion, or statement to the world. Thus eliminating credibility...
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    • I like the wolf template
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    • If you go to their website, they're begging for money. I wonder why they're losing money.
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    • Have any of you actually read the article? I did after the first time it was featured and they raised some valid points. And in no way does it say people should have real world punishment for it either. It's an ethical debate and they also said they don't want to impact on the gamers fun. Sponsored
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    • This is so stupid, the article meant they gamers should be punished in game when members from the army or marines made war crimes which would add the immersion if you ask me.
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    • Soldiers should be charged with murder. That’s how stupid it sounds
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    • This is a gross misrepresentation of the article. The article is suggesting that IN GAME you would face consequences like a scene of a court trial or the character being brought before a military tribunal in the story if you decide to gas civilians to portray real world consequence in the GAME 1/2
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    • You are entitled to a financial compensation if you or a loved one has bombed a village, whether or not it was in Minecraft
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    • Anyone that's ever play GTA
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    • If the governments of the world can get away with war crimes then yall can fuck off about my video games
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    • “Remember.... No Russian”
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    • Well i played spec ops: the line so take me to jail
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    • the article is just making fun of the red cross for requesting it
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    • alright well so far im responsible for fighting in a war over gravel, multiple accounts of m*rder with a bonesaw, and sh00ting people to death with a crossbow. not to mention commiting multiple acts of medical malpractice without a medical license
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    • If I remember correctly, its not physical punishment, but like an in game punishment for doing something like randomly sho*ting a kid, or something
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    • I read it, it technically says that when you commit a war crime the game should turn into an rpg where you face dilemas that you would have in the reas world.
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    • Lmfaoo above room temp well jokes on u I have been cryogenically frozen in cum since 1896
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    • I love the wolf meme template so much
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    • *above room temperature in celcius*
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    • Lmfao I wonder who thought it’d be a good idea to voice this opinion during a meeting. Would have instantly fired their ass.
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    • The room temperature one got me
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    • HoI4 players:
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    • Remember. No Russian
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    • If real world laws are accountable for in game actions then i deserve millions of purple hearts given how many times ive died to ravagers trying to protect villagers.
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    • Remember when credibility mattered? Me neither
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    • Rimworld...
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    • Spec ops the line anybody 😅...
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    • No
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    • Spec Ops: The Line
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    • Imagine not being able to separate reality from fiction
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    • Oh. My. God. Why
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    • As someone who has played Prototype 1 and 2... It appears I would be charged for k!lling basically the whole population of NYC and most of the military
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    • COD:MW Trilogy Players are fucked
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    • If you played No Russian back in MW2, you're going straight to jail
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    • postal 2 players on their way to the Hague
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    • I’m pretty sure I’ve unalived the entire population of Los Santos at 2 times by now
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    • Gamer=Bad
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    • All GTA players:
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    • If that’s the case then we all need to be put to death because “Remember... No Russian”
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    • Me over here sweating profusely cause I committed several war crimes in gta V
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    • How to commit war crimes speed run.
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    • Having an IQ under 80 means your actually retarded so
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    • I would be publicly executed by ants for all the things I've done in games, from making broken builds on Dark Souls, super meta loadouts on CoD to troll, things I've done on Minecraft, on Roller Coaster Tycoon, on DbD, on L4D, the list just goes on, Mario Party . . .
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    • Smoke from siege,cod white phosphorus
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    • Bruh the amount of people and horse I’ve burnt and blown limbs off would give me the death penalty
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    • People that play Grand Theft Auto reading this post:
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    • Stellaris players:
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    • Me when I murder every person on every hit man map twice.
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    • No Russian 👀
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    • Spec Ops the Line will fuck with you man.
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    • Looked up the article. This wasn’t something The Guardian suggested, but it discussed a statement that the Red Cross made to the BBC that recommended this. Also, this is talking about in-game punishment, as a means to deter players from immoral actions, since video games are becoming very realistic.
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    • Who's the karen
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    • Well uhh what counts as a war crime
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    • For Honor players:
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    • Yes. Please arrest and try me in court me for partaking in ww2. While you're at it, do the same to every other gamer and ww2 vet and see how that goes. Is this article straightup bait?
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    • Should journalists should be charged with not reporting true news and have to take test as much as football player to see if mental health is a problem.
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    • If anything it’s the game developers that force us to do them that should be held accountable
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    • Bro I can barely handle my own mental accountability for shit I've done
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    • The . . . The entire reason I play games is to do shit I cant irl, like go on a mass murber spree and spend 5 minutes in my house and poof, nothing. In real life? I would get the chair or the squad for sure. And I dont want that, besides, the psychological effects will probably make me want it...
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    • Bullshit this is the work of people who hate gamers ahem feminists ahem
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    • I’m responsible for the deaths of millions of civilians in-game and I have replayed “No Russian” over 90,737,481 times
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