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A Russian TV Station mistakenly plays ARMA 3 footage in a segment celebrating a holiday

Published: 16:24, 27 February 2018
Bohemia Interactive
Soldiers around a helicopter in ARMA 3

One of the main state-run news sources in Russia accidentally played footage from Arma 3 in a segment celebrating its military forces for the Russian holiday, Defender of the Fatherland Day. Channel 1 quickly cleared things up.

Arma 3's setting has become the latest in the series of TV station footage blunders. A Russian TV channel recently mistook Arma 3 gameplay for a real-life video when they aired a clip from the game during a segment celebrating its military forces for the Russian holiday, Defender of the Fatherland Day.

The portion of the segment in question was focused on Roman Filippov, an Su-25 "Frogfoot" pilot who was shot down and killed in Syria earlier this month. A split-second shot of Arma 3 gameplay was quickly spotted by users of Russian social media site Pikabu.

Bohemia Interactive ARMA 3 footage shown on the Russian Channel 1 ARMA 3

This was reported by BBC on their News From Elsewhere channel. The channel is dedicated to stories from around the world that don't fit in traditional breaking news boxes.

Those who've seen it began to speculate and while some have suggested that it was a deliberate move, others attributed the slip-up to a lowering of standards at Channel 1. The station is one of the main state-run news sources in the country and they cleared up the controversy by explaining that it was a mistake and an editor had accidentally put the wrong footage from the archive in the segment.

As I said, this is not the first time something like this has happened. In the past, we've had Halo's UNSC logo appearing in a BBC program and one time, a Danish TV channel accidentally used an image from Assassin's Creed during a report on Syria.

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Another example of this is when Iranian state TV showed a clip from Medal of Honor to discuss operations against ISIS. Even the Russian government attempted to utilise screenshots from AC-130 Gunship Simulator to suggest the US were working with ISIS in order to illustrate alleged U.S. aid to the Islamic State.

We know that CNN also used footage from Fallout 4 to represent hacking in a story on alleged Russian interference in the most recent US presidential election. In the UK, ITV also struggled to tell ARMA from real-life, mistakenly airing clips from ARMA 2 in a segment on a 1988 IRA terrorist attack.

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