ITV documentary makers mistake game footage for real life, use Arma II clip to "show" IRA attack

You'll notice that I've held back on my traditional charming, deftly-executed snark for that headline up there. The reason? The reality of this story is too funny and abominably ludicrous for me to be able to add anything to it.

The mainstream British media, always ready to tell us that gamers can't tell in-game action from reality, has mistaken in-game action for reality, using footage from Arma II to illustrate a story about a Provisional IRA attack on a British helicopter in 1988. 21 years before Arma II was released. The levels of wrongness this situation operate on are like a journalistic version of the various layers of Dante's Inferno. But then, that's what happens when you seem to research your hard-hitting TV documentaries by browsing YouTube and not bothering to read the comments...

Here's a clip from the documentary:

Notice anything strange about that authentic IRA video? Maybe the fact that it's pixellated, or that the IRA men are unusually stiff and polygonal?

Now compare that footage to this YouTube video, posted in March, in which a troller tried to troll by passing off Arma II footage as an Provisional IRA attack on a British helicopter in 1988. 21 years before Arma II was released. Notice anything strange about it? Like the fact that it's the same goddamn footage? Or the fact that it's even more pixellated, has completely unconvincing smoke, and seems to have been filmed in an area of the world with particularly low texture resolution? 

Look outside, ITV. Real grass is not that angular. 

Cheers, PC Gamer

September 27, 2011



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  • mothbanquet - September 28, 2011 8:14 a.m.

    Brings back memories of my dad checking under his car every day. And me ambushing those tanks in Op Flashpoint.
  • NullG7 - September 27, 2011 8:55 p.m.

    Video Removed By User
  • d34thly - September 27, 2011 7:54 p.m.

    IRA is nothing, we should alert them that the real threat is all these Russians that I keep seeing bomb washington in modern warfare footage.
  • dobbaaa - September 27, 2011 3:49 p.m.

    The real video is horrible :(, surprised that hasn't been taken off YouTube
  • AxiamWolfe - September 27, 2011 5:11 p.m.

    Sadly enough, it now has. And I wanted to see it too...
  • soren7550 - September 27, 2011 7:59 p.m.

    As do I. Maybe someone else has uploaded it?
  • TheZigMan - September 27, 2011 2:26 p.m.

    *some sort of clever reference to Fox News and/or Jack Thompson
  • mothbanquet - September 28, 2011 8:16 a.m.

    Clever avatar too... xD
  • Jasman - September 27, 2011 1 p.m.

    You'd presume that this had to go through ALOT of people on its way to being shown on TV. It's amazing what broadcasters would do to try and strengthen their own agenda.
  • Ultimadrago - September 27, 2011 11:32 a.m.

    "As this footage from 1988 shows" Baaaaahaahaahaahahaa!!
  • firas333 - September 27, 2011 11:01 a.m.

    xD look at 0:42-0:45 at the truck suddenly popping out of the ground
  • SillyPigeon - September 27, 2011 9:10 a.m.

    1. It looks like a video game 2. It looks pixelated like a mobile phone video 3. A MOBILE PHONE VIDEO FROM 1988????? 4. A homemade video from 1988 should look like something off 'you've been framed' (which is on ITV FFS!) Did they even give YouTube credit for the video?
  • SillyPigeon - September 27, 2011 9:13 a.m.

    Also love the super realistic physics hop the truck does on the slope at the beginning
  • db1331 - September 27, 2011 8:56 a.m.

    I'm going to fraps some of the BF3 beta tonight and send it to them claiming it's leaked helmet cam footage of a firefight in Paris.
  • Jedipimp0712 - September 27, 2011 11:01 a.m.

    you constantly make me laugh. hard. and i bet they would believe it. and send it to Fox news too! i bet they would take a HUGE bite off that one!
  • BillMurray - September 27, 2011 8:46 a.m.

    How long before the Daily Mail somehow twist this into an anti-games story? "Ultra realistic killing game even tricks experts" Also, if you look closely you can see the truck slightly jump up a little when a trooper lies down behind it, very funny!
  • ThatGuyFromTV - September 27, 2011 8:40 a.m.

    Am I the only one who thinks that FOX is gonna run this into the ground? I can see the headline now: "Games and Real Life - if this 2009 game was mistaken as real life, imagine the dangers they pose now"
  • Spybreak8 - September 27, 2011 8:40 a.m.

    If they said simulated experience I would think it'd be like any other video talking about battles and war.
  • ParanoidAndroid - September 27, 2011 8:29 a.m.

    Oh ITV, your levels of crappiness never fail to amuse me. Stick to talent shows in the future, eh?
  • GR_DavidHoughton - September 27, 2011 8:35 a.m.

    Yeah, but they'll end up using Guitar Hero band renders as X-Factor contestants. Damn, I should have used that joke in the article.

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