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ABC News uses our ridiculous big-boobed pterodactyl joke as serious DoA screenshot

Lifting screenshots from the internet is a risky business, as ABC News are about to discover. In their incredulous story about Dead or Alive Dimensions being banned in Sweden over child pornography laws and its subsequent (and admittedly ironic) 'PG' rating from the Autralian ratings board, they made a tiny mistake. In order to illustrate the article, they used what seemed to them like a perfectly normal screenshot of Dead or Alive. Only it wasn't - it was one of GamesRadar's very own daft Photoshops. Egg, meet face.


Above: ABC News' website, as screengrabbed this morning. What's wrong with this picture?

The image in question is the work of former radarite Dave Meikleham and came from this feature. I remember him making it, because it had said Scotsman chuckling away to himself for ages. Take a look at it again at full size and try not to laugh:


Above: It's understandable really. If you've never played a videogame, this probably looks exactly like one

ABC readers will be shaking their heads and tutting at the nonsense that passes for entertainment these days. Gamers will see Ayane running towards the group, horrified that she's looking at a circa-1998 CG render of herself with the newly-attached pterodactyl head and wings of Metroid boss Ridley. Us? Favourite story of the week so far.

01 Jun, 2011

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60 comments

  • grayguwapo - June 2, 2011 7:25 a.m.

    HAHAHAHAHA ULTIMATE FAIL!!! ABC's Cassie White ---> *face to palm* ...The writer of that article is gonna get it for sure... LET IT GO PEOPLE!!! It's not child pornography!!! It's a video game!!! BTW... they already changed the photo in the article hahahaha!!! I must agree that this by far is the best news of the week so far...
  • grayguwapo - June 2, 2011 7:23 a.m.

    HAHAHAHAHA ULTIMATE FAIL!!! ABC's Cassie White ---> *face to palm* ...The writer of that article is gonna get it for sure... LET IT GO PEOPLE!!! It's not child pornography!!! It's a video game!!! BTW... they already changed the photo in the article hahahaha!!! I must agree that this by far is the best news of the week so far...
  • Hamburgers - June 2, 2011 12:36 a.m.

    An asinine image used for an article that really only pertains to those in Sweden, as well as those who need a reality check. The ones playing the games and the ones who like to get in their business. Oh shit no that was too wordy how about this EPIC WIN DOOD xDDD
  • 510BrotherPanda - June 2, 2011 12:33 a.m.

    They also failed to realize that Ridley is supposed to be a MALE space-dragon thing, and that Meiks was just "doin' it for the LULZ"... I miss old "little Dave". Sure hope he's doing well in whatever job he moved on to.
  • Tazerbri - June 1, 2011 11:37 p.m.

    Best. Story. Ever.
  • keltar93 - June 1, 2011 11:32 p.m.

    This is literally too stupid to insult.
  • Spybreak8 - June 1, 2011 11:12 p.m.

    Bwahahahaha nice.
  • SparkleDevon - June 1, 2011 10:49 p.m.

    ABC over Fox any day, but still LAWL. Major News Networks fail.
  • Nintygameplayerperson - June 1, 2011 10:09 p.m.

    This is why I go to Gamesradar. This is epicness right here. Too bad they took off the picture. It must be awesome having a photoshop you made get mainstream attention. By accident!
  • Scammeleon - June 1, 2011 9:56 p.m.

    This has just made my day.
  • Conservative_Gamer - June 1, 2011 9:05 p.m.

    This is too good to be true.
  • gamingfreak - June 1, 2011 8:57 p.m.

    This is hilarious!
  • D0CCON - June 1, 2011 8:48 p.m.

    Damn, they got rid of it. That's hilarious and pathetic at the same time, though.
  • SideOfBeef - June 1, 2011 7:42 p.m.

    This had to be someone at ABC making a joke, right?
  • MsSmith - June 1, 2011 7:38 p.m.

    this was funny enough to get rid of my headache from laughing too hard. Wonder how Meiks feels about this major accomplishment. XD
  • shadowreaper72 - June 1, 2011 7:15 p.m.

    WHAT....THE....FUCK. ARE PEOPLE SERIOUSLY THAT DAMN STUPID OR ARE THEY SO DESPERATE FOR A NEWS STORY THEYRE WILLING TO DO THIS?!
  • BlackElement17 - June 1, 2011 6:51 p.m.

    This is why I don't read the news. Just...*facepalm*
  • Thequestion 121 - June 1, 2011 6:41 p.m.

    Oh man, ABC News did not do their research with this screenshot XD
  • MancisFrorkYorgan - June 1, 2011 6:40 p.m.

    'By Cassie White'. What can you expect? A woman wrote this article; she probably ripped the picture too.
  • NanoElite666 - June 1, 2011 6:21 p.m.

    Definitely the best news story of the week so far.

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