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In this list, we take a look at some of the few times games were mistaken for real life.

ITV Documentary Mistakes ARMA Footage for IRA Attack


One Monday night, British TV network ITV aired a documentary called “Exposure—Gaddafi and the IRA”, and instead of showing a clip of the IRA shooting down a British military helicopter back in 1988, they showed a fan edit of a clip from ARMA 2, a war simulation game. ITV naturally apologized and chalked the mistake up to “human error”.

North Korea Uses Modern Warfare 3 Footage for Propaganda Video

North Korean attempts to re-write modern world history, politics and even soccer results on their own TV network are widely documented, but showing footage from Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 that depicts destruction of New York City for the purpose of propaganda was a little too out there even for the standards of this isolated country.

TV2 in Denmark Uses Assassin’s Creed Screenshot in a Report on Syria

In a report that quickly went viral in 2013, the Danish news station TV2 needed a photo of Damascus to be placed in the background while their anchors talked about Syria. However, whoever sourced that image made a blunder, as they used a screengrab from Assasin’s Creed’s depiction of Damascus from 1191 instead of the real city. It should have been a routine job, but their choice of image has instead earned them some rightful mockery. The network apologized and stated that this should be a “reminder to us all of the importance of verifying the sources of pictures.”

RT Uses A Screenshot from MGS V: Phantom Pain In A Segment On Child Soldiers

Reports and documentaries are serious enough business, but what if we told you such mistakes happened even when the network is depicting a topic as harrowing as the life of child soldiers? This is what happened on Russia Today: during an interview with a former child soldier, one of the images they used to illustrate the story was a screengrab from Phantom Pain. The annotation on the video now states that this, in fact, is an image from a video game, but the damage to journalistic integrity is already done.

BBC Uses the Halo UNSC Logo for the UN Security Council

Even the BBC can sometimes fall prey to not checking facts before the news goes live. Instead of the logo of the UN Security Council they needed to show during their report on the organization, they trusted Google a bit too much and went with the logo from the United Nations Space Command from the Halo Universe, which is what Google assumes you might be looking for due to the popularity of the games. However, they spotted the error quickly, replaced the image and offered an apology.

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