ARMA 2 Video Game Footage Falsely Used in Gaddafi Documentary As Secret IRA Film


Posted September 27, 2011 - By Leah Jackson

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A UK documentary, Exposure - Gaddafi and the IRA, that looks in to claims that the autocratic ruler of Libya, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, supporting the IRA, said it was showing secret IRA film from 1988. But the clip turned out to be footage from the video game ARMA 2.

What?! In the footage below, you'll see the shaky footage of men (i.e. pixels) on camouflage pick-up shooting down helicopters. This definitely isn't secret IRA film, but rather a tactical shooter released in 2009.

According to ITV, the studio behind the documentary, "The events featured in Exposure: Gaddafi and the IRA were genuine but it would appear that during the editing process the correct clip of the 1988 incident was not selected and other footage was mistakenly included in the film by producers. This was an unfortunate case of human error for which we apologise." The studio does have the real IRA film which they plan on replacing the video game footage with.

Kotaku was able to get a hold on Marek Spanel, the CEO of Bohemia Interactive who developed ARMA 2, and he said the company wasn't even aware of the incident at all. "It is very weird to see our game used this way especially considering the journalists were simply unable to tell difference between reality and game footage and described a short film clearly made using our game Arma II with what they call real IRA footage from 1988," he said. "Our games offer a great level of freedom to our users to create all kind of things but in this particular case, it is very misleading. Plus it is surprising ITV did not seek for permission to use our game in this way."

What's strikes me as the most humorous part of this whole situation is that it was, of course, gamers who instantly knew that the footage was fake. Isn't it usually the media spouting that gamers can't tell the difference between virtual reality and reality? Give me a break.


Sources: PC Gamer, Kotaku

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ARMA 2 Video Game Footage Falsely Used in Gaddafi Documentary As Secret IRA Film


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