Egyptian TV News Uses Video Game Footage As Proof Of Russian Precision Strikes Against ISIL
from the game-theory dept
Attention news agencies of Planet Earth. This is an all points bulletin for your benefit: stop passing off video game footage as real-life-happenings. Yes, what seems like a thing that shouldn’t be able to happen has actually happened several times in the past, from video game footage passed off as a terrorist attack to state news agencies passing off video game footage as a potential threat to a nation’s enemies. Some nations appear to even be trying to take advantage of it all, such as when Russia tried to sucker world news groups into thinking that it had found proof that America is arming Ukrainians with video game footage of a weapons cache. And, yet, it keeps happening.
The latest case is an Egyptian news agency bizarrely using footage from a Russian-made video game, Apache: Air Assault, published by Activision and featuring english-speaking characters, to proclaim Russian dominance against ISIS in Syria.
Now, I realize there are cultural and linguistic barriers here, but it shouldn’t be terribly hard to understand that the voices in that footage are speaking English. And, though video games are becoming more realistic by the day, the footage and audio here is still video-game-ish enough that it’s fairly easy to identify it as such with just a few minutes’ watching. And yet, anchor Ahmed Moussa had this to say before airing the footage.
“Yes, this is Russia; this is the Russian army. This is Putin,” he said. “This is the Russian federation. Are they confronting terrorism? Yes, they are. The Americans were too soft on ISIL. The US has been there for a year and a half, and we have seen not one bullet from them, nor have we seen anyone getting killed by them.”
I’ll give Moussa points for originality. After all, it’s not every day you hear lamentations from the Middle East that Americans just aren’t killing enough people.