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"Red Cross" symbol in video games is illegal, apparently

Disclaimer: This article is not an actual field hospital
Disclaimer: This article is not an actual field hospital

Caution: If you hold on to your health packs the Red Cross might prosecute

British video game developers Introversion Software have been warned by the British Red Cross to abandon the use of the organisation's symbol in their game Prison Architect. Apparently, using the symbol for anything other than its designated utility during war times is a violation of the Geneva Convention.

Prison Architect - The new symbol used in-game
Prison Architect - The new symbol used in-game

This interesting development does lead us to one particular thought.

If the Red Cross displays any consistency with this practise in the form of legal action, it might mean damage to the organisation's healthcare efforts, since a portion of the donations they receive will most likely be funnelled into legal battles with the countless developers who have "abused" the symbol over the past decades.

Doom - Also guilty
Doom - Also guilty