Libyan dictator Col. Gaddafi doesn’t have the best reputation in the Western media circles, even before the current bloody rebellion surged through the country. He’s known to have funded militant and terrorist organizations around the globe; a recent documentary by ITV, one of the top television stations in the U.K., clearly showed video of Irish IRA militants shooting down a British helicopter with Libyan weaponry in 1988. Except, um, the supposedly “real” footage was actually a clip from ArmA 2. Oops!
Don’t get us wrong, the graphics in ArmA 2 are amazing, but a gamer – or, you know, a professional video editor – should have been able to spot the difference immediately. The users at the Bohemia Interactive forums sure did, and they leapt online this morning to trumpet the true nature of the ITV documentary’s “IRA footage.” If you want to check it out for yourself, an enterprising soul has already posted an excerpt from the documentary online.
PC Gamer, one of our sister sites, have already contacted Bohemia about the footage, and CEO Marek Spanel said he is just as confused about the inclusion of the ArmA 2 footage as the rest of the world, as ITV never asked permission to use a clip from the game in the documentary. The publication also tracked down another YouTube clip, which you can see here, that may explain how the ITV crew became confused about the footage.