Danish TV channel apologises for mistaking Assassin's Creed for Syria

Employee believed the image from Assassin's Creed was of Damascus' skyline.

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Danish television channel TV2 has apologised for using an image of Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed to illustrate a news report about Syria.

The channel's head of news, Jacob Nybroe, said to the Times of Israel on Sunday that the mix-up was a terrible mistake and a "reminder to us all of the importance of verifying the sources of pictures."

Nybroe said the channel only learned about the mistake last week and said an employee for the network found the image online and believed it to be a photo of Damascus' skyline.

The shot from Assassin's Creed was broadcast behind news anchor Cecilie Beck on February 26.

In another news report about Syria last year, the BBC broadcast the logo of Halo's fictional United Nations Space Command in a report about the very real United Nations Security Council.

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235 comments
Azghouls
Azghouls

That pic even got that leap of faith platform on the right.

SoreThumbsBill
SoreThumbsBill

So, no one could tell it was a digital image?

These people are either lazy or total dumbasses

boags24
boags24

Oh god this is great.

vadagar1
vadagar1

in other news giant cuttle fish looking space ships invade the earth.... ;)

vadagar1
vadagar1

OMFG LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL


I live in the middle east and personally I'm getting sick of everyone and their grandmother thinking we live in some random Indiana johns/transformers/ insert random stereo type about the middle east movie..


honestly most movies are fiction and others are just plain stupid/insulting, we don't live in tents in the desert most middle east countries have places that would put 90% of the cities in USA or Europe to shame, the middle east just looks like everywhere else, we have cars and cells and iphones and roads and chairs and TVs 


people in the west (in general) should grow out of the stereo typical bullshit Hollywood has fed them when they were young . People in the west are so detached from the real world I could fake an alien invasion right now and most of them would fall for it.

sam441
sam441

it's pretty obvious it's computer generated I know they think we live in tents which is true lately but we are not cartoons.

surferosh
surferosh

ITV's gaffe i can understand, Arma's visuals are pretty realistic.. 

but how dumb does a guy in the BBC have to be to not be able to identify the UN's logo ?????

eternal_man101
eternal_man101

It would seem this news team was out of "sync"
*Puts on shades*
YEEEEEAAAAAHHHH!!!!!

SkyrimNorth
SkyrimNorth

It's alright, Danish news channel. Syria doesn't need an apology, and Assad could use a visit from Altair right about now.

Rawrrah
Rawrrah

This makes me very proud of being Danish. Well, not really. ^^

Today the same News Channel is covering the election on Greenland, and meant to show the flag of Greenland in the right lower corner. It was a good idea, but they used the Japanese flag instead by accident. They look familiar, but come on~! c:

stev69
stev69

Meh they probably thought AC had better resolution than Damascus.

Hey_Jay
Hey_Jay

Oh, those Danes. So cute.

Surprised by BBC, though. I know it's old, but tsk tsk.

crystos
crystos

if only altair could truly be there pwning all the war mongers....

digishah
digishah

News update, many citizens have reported seeing a hooded figure jumping off tall buildings and landing in their carefully gathered hay stack. Farmer's claim it to be the works of teenagers from the local gangs being high on "hash".

digishah
digishah

Breaking news, several key members of the Kingdom of Jerusalem were murdered in what was thought to be a re-initiation rite for a hashashin member who has fallen from grace. More on this at the  9 o'clock news...

DownHill911
DownHill911

Why are you surprised. Working in news business only require ability talk BS 24/7 and support those who fund your BS.

News is about money, it is not about relevance or providing solid information.


Boogy32
Boogy32

I've got to say this is embarrassing... At least BBC did something sort of the same as well.

Kasser
Kasser

This does not justify the mistake. AC picture is from the ages of the crusade and cities nowadays look more modern. If the news agency cannot tell whats the difference between 12th century and now, how can they be trusted?

CyberLips
CyberLips

ahahahahah!! i wish i had seen it when it aired XD

capper64
capper64

They should be complimented if anything.

TheAleksMG
TheAleksMG

Im from Denmark, and what the F*** HAHA,

But they should be prould of giving the people top quality News ;P  

Conan1985
Conan1985

I don't know if i should be be shocked or not...but its pretty funny. The Halo united nations one is epic too!

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

lol that was funny. they run their news like its a blog

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

they got it right, that is Syria, about 1800 years ago lol

Saketume
Saketume

Just think how much fake news we will be getting once they do perfect computer imagery.

Jake518
Jake518

I see it's not just the American media that employs idiots these days. 

rad8045
rad8045

Thats what happens when you get your pictures for a story of google images lol.

Jennaralize
Jennaralize

Easy mistake to make... I once mistook a picture of Birmingham to be the African Savannah...

Nawras
Nawras

(1) Ubisioft should be proud for creating a realistic render of my city
(2) I don't recall my city suffering from anti-aliasing issues.

gplayer5
gplayer5

LOL this sounds like a story that should be on The Onion!! You know whoever did this is getting fired lmao.


Jedilink109
Jedilink109

You know that guy is getting ripped a new one for that...his buddies at the station will never let him live this one down.

00J
00J

That is too funny. LOL

Does that state just how realistic game images have become or what? haha

Skinon
Skinon

Sad how the news doesn't legally have to be factual anymore.

Slade968
Slade968

HAHAHAHA, omg that is so great

redvodka
redvodka

Hilarious!  We can expect SimCity simulated cities now to be used as stand-ins for news channels background scenes. 

sho4misho
sho4misho

Im from syria and would like to say :  WTF????.

steelmouth
steelmouth

and this only going to get worse (and funny for me) come next gen

steelmouth
steelmouth

Martin Gaston you dawg!!! lol funny i read this very same exact article on IGN yesterday including the last part about the BBC and Halo, the only thing you didnt copy from IGN was the link to the BBC story

Fursnake
Fursnake

Proof positive that newstations shouldn't let the station controllers play games during a newcast.

keyb0red
keyb0red

Considering Syria's been in a civil war for a while now, I would have expected them to use a shot of a skyline from Gears of War.

BlendThree
BlendThree

Finally, proof of progression in achieving photo-realism in our games!