News Station Uses Metal Gear Solid V Screen in Child Soldier Story

A Russian news program accidentally used imagery from Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

The image was used by Russia Today while reporting on African child soldiers. Appearing at around the five minute and 50 second point of the show, it depicts a group of children armed with assault rifles crowded around a tank.

The story itself, which featured an interview with hip hop artist and former child soldier Emmanuel Jal, was supposed to help shed light on the war in South Sudan and the ongoing and widespread employment of underage combatants. Perhaps not unexpectedly however, a portion of the responses to the story have been centered on the (we’re assuming) mistaken use of game footage in place of real world photographs.

“Might want to check the source on that illustration at 05:50,” said one commenter.

Setting aside the fact that this error could, for some, potentially draw attention away from a serious issue in desperate need wider exposure, Kojima Productions should definitely feel a bit of pride about the fact that their game apparently look good enough to fool people into thinking it’s the real deal.

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