Video Game Confused With Real Crisis Footage

By Ben Hamill - March 01 2022

Video Game Confused With Real Crisis Footage

In times of military conflict things can certainly get confusing, especially when it comes to legitimate information. Social media, in all its forms, has made it stunningly difficult to know if anything being shared, or said, is real. More so when games like Arma III can be mistaken for actual footage. The military shooter has some pretty neat graphics, and with the right filters applied can even be downright convincing.

A clip has been doing the rounds on Facebook of a jet being fired on by an anti-aircraft vehicle. At first glance, indeed, anyone might think that what they’re seeing is real. The title of the video even boldly claims that the video shows conflict between Russian and Ukrainian military.

Though, anyone familiar with Arma III will instantly spot the tell-tale signs of online gameplay.

Over 100,000 Lied Too Online

It isn’t the first time that Arma III has done the rounds on Facebook, with thousands convinced that what they’re seeing is real. Or even over 100,000 in this case, plus countless more given that the fake video was shared another 25,000 times. The video was eventually deleted, but not in time to spare many confused pairs of eyes from being deceived.

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It all gets significantly worse given that any coverage of the invasion is currently overflowing with aggressive negativity. Comments sections seem to be brimming with faceless users looking to start arguments, targeting anyone that dares say a word. Many will say that this is all part of the diversion tactics of modern politics, all of which adds yet another layer of confusion to the already perplexing world of social media.

Russian News Also Guilty

It wasn’t long ago in Russia, 2018, that footage of Arma III even found its way onto a news network. There is some argument as to whether the network knew what it was showing was fake, though the outlet itself claims that it made the blunder due to human error. If it was or wasn’t error can’t be said for sure but given that the same outlet used video game footage previously does raise a lot of questions.

In 2017 the same outlet presented video game footage as evidence that the US is supporting ISIS. The lie didn’t catch on, but there is no question that some Russian media outlets seem to be going out of their way to sow confusion.

It truly is a strange time to be alive when it is difficult to know what is and isn’t real. On the other hand, anyone with enough sense will know that blurry, pixelated videos on Facebook aren’t particularly trustworthy.