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  • PoweronPub - August 6, 2014 9:19 p.m.

    Wow, what the hell? Are images somehow exempt from any sort of fact checking? News people make me sad...
  • ThatGamerDude - August 6, 2014 2:58 p.m.

    Semi-related, I remember North Korea used scenes from one of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare games as propaganda. That to me is the saddest case of using video game footage incorrectly.
  • DirkSteele1 - August 6, 2014 8:21 a.m.

    As hilarious as all of these are, it does speak volumes about the generally terrible quality of news reporting in the 21st century....and a flagrant disregard for copyright. A quick Google images search for an image definitely will not result in a payment to the owner of the image. A few of my friends have seen unaccredited images of theirs appear in newsprint or on TV. Jeremy Paxman’s comment that “Newsnight is made by 13 year olds” reflects my own experience of being involved in a few TV programs over the last year. In general “13 year olds” don’t have the required attention to detail. All about speed of getting the story out there, accuracy be damned.
  • brickman409 - August 5, 2014 11:26 p.m.

    Something seems kind of off about the Fox news one. There's no way that they could just "accidentally" make a title screen that looks exactly like the logo of Bioshock Infinite. Either somebody working with Fox was pulling a prank, or Fox News is self aware about the crap they put out.
  • Bansheebot - August 7, 2014 9:32 a.m.

    Or they just saw "STERS ERN STRERPS" and thought it would make a nice patriotic image that no one would notice if they re-appropriated it for their own use.
  • shawksta - August 5, 2014 10:50 p.m.

    Context Sensitive Folks!
  • archnite - August 5, 2014 9:21 p.m.

    Cool article bro. Pretty tubular that some video game graphics are mistake able with real life, at least at a glance, and that the media can't even follow the elementary school report rule: "No Google, No Wikipeida".
  • pl4y4h - August 5, 2014 5:03 p.m.

    I immediately wish for more of these, these are way too funny
  • pl4y4h - August 6, 2014 5:16 p.m.

    Dig a little digging on the bioshock one and found that a tea party facebook group also used an image from the game to try and promote their political stance lol
  • _--_ - August 5, 2014 3:45 p.m.

    --gives you a pretty good idea --of how 'seriously' you should take the media(especially 'war' journalism) --but --this was a REALLY interesting~unique article --and it made me LOL haha
  • Vonter - August 6, 2014 3:53 p.m.

    This article puts a new spin to the "games makes people violent or into killers". I mean even news casters have trouble distinguishing fiction from reality.
  • GOD - August 5, 2014 3:40 p.m.

    When you're in school you're taught that everything you pull has to be from a reliable source, especially on the internet, but once you get a job as a newsie I suppose google is all you need. As a follow up article I'd like to see real life images used to report "leaked" content from upcoming games. Seems like it could be a fun feature with plenty of freedom to go nuts. Example: "You won't believe this newly leaked redesign for the Last Guardian" http://www.flixya.com/files-photo/0/m/i/0minzero-2224645.jpg
  • SnakeinmyBoot - August 5, 2014 3:21 p.m.

    Thanks to the ease of taking images and videos off the internet making this kind of mistake common, you would think news networks would scrutinize the sources of the material they find. But, nope, they have to "be the first" to report on a subject, even if the interns were forced to find some pictures in about 10 minutes.
  • David_Roberts - August 5, 2014 2:50 p.m.

    It's not video game related, but back when that French airliner crashed in the Pacific a few years back, a Bolivian news channel had the hot scoops with "official images" released from inside the plane--but what they ended up showing was the crash of Oceanic flight 815 from the show Lost. Whoops. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MPOJSsggjs

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