How the Prison Architect developers broke the Geneva Conventions
From the initial time of working on Prison Architect Mark Morris and Chris Delay knew that it was a game that would agitate controversy. They were work on Introversion Software which is Introversion a British video game developer based in Walton-on-Thames. But they never expected that a simulator about the imprisonment of sweet, blobby humans had the abilities to make them criminals themselves. So what is their crime? Showing a small, five-pixel wide red cross on the ambulance hood and backpacks of Paramedics. You might think to read it sound laughable but the fact is those five pixels exhibited just as an internationally protected symbol and this is happening.
As a consequences, Delay and Morris received a concerning mail from the British Red Cross days before Christmas. The emails words were, "My immediate reason for writing is that it has been brought to our attention that in your game ‘Prison Architect’ a Red Cross emblem is displayed on vehicles,". For your knowledge we give the letter body within quote, "Those responsible may be unaware that use of the red cross emblem is restricted under the Geneva Conventions for the Protection of War Victims of 12 August 1949, and that unauthorised use of this sign in the United Kingdom is an offence under the Geneva Conventions Act 1957."
Morris and Delay did not have any idea that they had been breaking the law for years and it sounding really serious. Chris Delay tells, "We actually thought we were being spoofed by somebody and that this couldn't possibly be real".
We all had made a common mistake like Delay and Morris. Delay says that he is sure that there is Red Cross on health doom packs from 20 years ago. Though he is right about Doom but he was wrong about Red Cross.
More than Just a Health Pack
Hope you know that Red Cross does not belong to public domain. It is the protected symbol of the ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross). The ICRC was condemnatory in constructing human rights during wartime.
Drawing the line
Both developers when recognizing that the Red Cross can be an important symbol in the right surroundings. You will be amazed to know the fact that this charitable organization is spending its donation resources to breaking down on indie game developers. Delays add fires to tell, "That's not exactly a list you want to be on,".