I try to give journalistic outlets a bit of slack when watching B-roll footage during stories. The teams putting together stories for channels like CNN have to assemble them on topics they may have only passing familiarity with at a breakneck pace. But a CNN piece on hacking this week accidentally stumbled into the world of gaming and, more specifically, Fallout.
Reddit user Poofylicious spotted the error and posted the following image to one of the site’s Fallout-related subreddits, walking us through the image in question:
The image appears about a minute into CNN’s report, which discusses alleged Russian involvement in what the White House is calling recent “significant malicious cyber-enabled activities.” If you’ve ever fixed a computer for a family member, you were probably treated like a superhero. Hackers, by extension, are pretty much wizards. Any screen that looks like a text prompt might as well be hacking.
As Kotaku points out, this is far from the first time this has happened. Child soldiers from Metal Gear Solid have shown up in footage, and BBC even used Halo‘s UNSC logo in place of the U.N. one. By comparison, this is actually pretty harmless. But it still warrants a Price is Right Fail Horn:
The official Fallout account didn’t let the opportunity go by, posting its own terminal screenshot and calling it a “Sneak Peek at season 3 of Mr. Robot.”