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Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Videogame vid confused with secret IRA footage!

ArmA II-Graphics good enough to fool TV
The media likes to warn us that kids cannot tell the difference between real life and the video games they play. But so it seems, neither can they.

UK television channel ITV recently broadcast a serious documentary called "Exposure" that sets out to explain to us Colonel Gadaffi's arms links to the Irish Republican Army (IRA).

The documentary shows some rare video footage of the IRA using Libyan weapons to bring down a helicopter.
The footage was shown as "IRA film 1988".

Now you may have heard the term 'the Real IRA' but this was definitely not any sort of IRA, and it was especially not 'real'.

Whether by mistake (god knows how) or otherwise the footage used was gaming footage from the video game ArmA II.

The eagle-eyed chaps over at PC Gamer have been credited with spotting this and investigating it a little further. Surely this will lead to a boost in the sales for an army game not as well known as the Call of Duty or Battlefield Bad Company brands.

Incidentally there is now a free-to-play version of ArmA 2 available to download for online play at the official site Arma2.com

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