There are numerous stories by numerous news outlets that question whether “gamers” mistake reality for the fiction that is their hobby. However, over these past few months, there seems to be more major news outlets mistaking video games for real life themselves. This time a Russian news program, Russia Today, used a screenshot from Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain in one of their news broadcasts.

The screenshot displayed on Konami’s website was used in a segment about hip-hop artist and activist Emmanuel Jal. The segment discussed the continuing conflict in South Sudan and his childhood war experiences. Now, Metal Gear Solid 5 does take place in the 1980’s and features parts that are set in Africa, and Metal Gear Solid 5 does look to carry themes that touch on child soldiers, a topic that Kojima has approached before. Still, the use of the screenshot is another in a long line of missteps by major news outlets around the world.

In 2011, British TV station channel ITV had to apologize for faking footage and using clips taken from Arma 2 to do so. The very same year in May, the BBC used the logo of the UNSC from Halo instead of using the official logo of the United Nations Security Council – though the acronym does have the same letters. Spring of last year Danish news channel TV2 used a screenshot of Damascus from Assassin’s Creed to illustrate the modern day civil war and conflict in Syria. Recently, even Fox News has hopped on this bandwagon showing off its new logo for its “Defending the Homeland” segment which by pure circumstance looks remarkably like the Bioshock Infinite logo.

However, despite the delicious irony of some these missteps by these news outlets, the very real problem is the lack of fact checking and review before  things are put on air for the public to see, hear, and read about.

Guys, seriously you’ve got to do better.

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is set to release on the PS3, PS4, Xbox One, and Xbox 360, and the prologue, Ground Zeroes, is out now for the very same platforms on disc and digital download.

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Chris C
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