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Russian News Show Uses Metal Gear Screenshot In Child Soldiers Report

by Eric Frederiksen | July 18, 2014July 18, 2014 8:30 pm PST

Video games are appearing in mainstream news in the weirdest ways. A couple weeks ago, we saw Fox news lift the Bioshock Infinite logo for a segment called ‘Defending the Homeland.’

This week, it’s not Fox, but the FOX Engine, as news program Russia Today used a screenshot from Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The image appeared during an interview with former child soldier, now hip-hop artist, Emmanual Jal.

As realistic as Metal Gear Solid V looks, it still seems to me to be climbing out of the uncanny valley with obvious telltale signs that it’s CG rather than photography. Is it because I play video games all the time? Does the image in question, shown below, look like a photograph to someone who doesn’t? As the CG used in film becomes ever more convincing, and games along with them, this seems like something that might happen more frequently. How many Russia Today viewers noticed something was off, and how many just saw it as related to the story and didn’t give it a second thought?


Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...