A parent’s concern over his 13-year-old son’s request to play Call of Duty led to an agreement that the boy read – and play by – the rules of the Geneva Conventions.
The dad, writer Hugh Spencer, recounts the episode for boingboing:
[My son Evan’s] latest favourite game is Call of Duty – which he plays on-line with his friends. Evan’s wanting to play C of D was something of a challenge for us. It’s rated T and he’s only just a teenager and point and shoot first person games worry me some.
Evan is relentlessly reasonable sometimes — he outlined why he wanted to play the game and he was pretty upfront why he knew my "parent-sense" would start tingling. So I had to be reasonable too…
I asked Evan to google the Geneva Convention. Then he had to read it and then we had to discuss it. This we did. So the deal is that Evan has to fight according to the rules of the Geneva Convention. If his team-mates violate the Convention then play stops and Call of Duty goes away for a while.
GP: Although the application of the teachable moment concept is commendable, it’s a bit difficult to see how the Geneva Conventions would relate to Call of Duty since the game contains no representations of prisoners or civilians that could be mistreated.
Althought the CoD title in question is not specified, it is likely World at War, as Spencer makes reference to World War II in his article.