Russia State Channel Uses Video Game Footage To Illustrate War In Syria
It aired for just a second, but footage purportedly showing a Russian jet attacking a truck in Syria immediately raised suspicions among users of social media Pikabu.
As it turns out, the short clip is actually from a computer game.
The footage was part of the weekly Voskresnoye Vremya program on state-run Channel One TV. Sunday’s edition was a tribute to Russia’s armed forces in occasion of Defender of the Fatherland Day, and an entire section was dedicated to Alexander Prokhorenko, a Russian pilot who was posthumously awarded the title of Hero of the Russian Federation.
As the video package moves swiftly to show how Su-25s operate in Syria using archive footage, a gun-sight clip that visually appears to be from a video game is edited in.
A Pikabu user posted a still image of the short footage with the simple comment “Arma 3 on Channel One.” Arma 3 is a tactical shooter video game released in 2013. Its developers, Bohemia Interactive, claims it offers “true combat game play in a massive military sandbox.”
Later, Channel One acknowledged the mistake in a statement to radio station Govorit Moskva, claiming the editor wrongly used a clip from a previous story on computer games:
“The use of this shot was a mistake made by the editor who took it from the archive. Earlier this frame was used in a package about computer games,” the statement reads.
Users on Pikabu — which some call the Russian equivalent of Reddit — started debating about the spectacular blunder and whether it was intentional.
DildaN3 wrote: “This shot wasn’t needed there at all, it appears only for a fraction of a second, it doesn’t have any meaning. Why did they add it in? Maybe it is a hidden message from the employees of Channel One? Like: ‘They are making us do this, help!’?”
Another user pointed out that it’s not the first time it happened.