Metal Gear Solid 5 Screenshot Used in Interview on Child Soldiers [Update]

Update: RT claims the use of the image was intentional and has updated its website to note its origins.

Update: A representative from RT has told GameSpot the use of the screenshot was "deliberate." Its website has been updated with a note clarifying the origin of the image which reads, "The photo on 5:50 is actually a screenshot from the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain video game."

Original Story: The image above is one of the many that Konami has released to promote Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. And while it--like the rest of the game--looks very nice, you wouldn't expect anyone who looks at it for more than a moment to think it's an actual photograph. Yet that appears to be exactly what someone working for television network RT (formerly Russia Today) mistakenly thought.

As part of a news report this week on child soldiers, RT show SophieCo spoke with Emmanuel Jal, a former child soldier who is now a hip-hop artist. At one point, the camera pans by a screen displaying the screenshot seen above--too quickly for most to realize what they were looking at wasn't a photograph, except for one Tumblr user who did notice (via Kotaku).

You can check out the GIF below or watch the full video (which I couldn't help but notice uses music from one of the Ocean's Eleven movies) at RT; the moment in question happens at the 5:50 mark.

It's not the first time something like this has happened; last year, a Danish TV station used an image from Assassin's Creed when talking about Syria. A year prior, the BBC used the logo of Halo's UNSC (the United Nations Space Command) when talking about the real-world UNSC (the United Nations Security Council).

The Phantom Pain is currently without a release date but is coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. It made a strong impression with its E3 showing, and even people from Hollywood chimed in to share their thoughts on its E3 trailer.

Hideo Kojima, Phantom Pain's director and the Metal Gear series' creator, said after E3 that he was blown away by the visuals in the PlayStation 4 version of Grand Theft Auto V. He was so impressed, in fact, that he said they caused him to be "depressed again," referencing the fact that he was concerned last year about the standards GTA V would set for open-world games.

At least for one day, though, Kojima can be proud that his game's visuals were mistaken for the real thing.

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258 comments
FuzzyPancakes
FuzzyPancakes

oh... this isn't that stupid, they probably knew it was a video game, they probably could have gotten a better picture, but it's only there for a second, and its no where near as stupid as the Assassins Creed image that was used to talk about Syria

billy19joseph
billy19joseph

As great as the FOX Engine is, someone should have picked up on this first, just surprised it wasn't Fox News... (oh that would've been classic)

Tuckpoint
Tuckpoint

Just shows how broken the news outlets are.  Getting facts from reporters is absurdly difficult these days.

Rakou
Rakou

I was in an worldwide web-based meeting with IBM where they used Fallout 3's "Please stand by" poster in one of the presentation slides.

hitomo
hitomo

child soldier with afro look ... you are all SICK

isshiah
isshiah

Don't forget the bioshock one from a few weeks ago.

Halloll
Halloll

it only appeared for a moment on camera so they probably knew it was from a game but wanted to use it anyway, I smell a gamer editor.

NTM23
NTM23

There are a lot of shows that I've heard video game music to, for instance just yesterday on the History channel, I don't remember what they were talking about, but Mass Effect music was playing, and I once heard on Top Gear a track from Assassin's Creed 3 played. As for this, that's funny.

trickycustomer
trickycustomer

Couldn't Konami press legal action for the station using that picture?

DrKill09
DrKill09

RT is STILL more truthful than any of the mainstream bullshit in the US.


Maybe someone there was blind and/or drunk.

BranKetra
BranKetra moderator moderator

I remember when people said video games would not be taken seriously. Not anymore.

raptor1998
raptor1998

Lol they couldn't find a picture of real war children?

Zloth2
Zloth2

Kojima, time to ask RT to pay some royalties on that promotional material!

streamline
streamline

I was expecting it to be Fox News when I read the headline. Russians beat us again.

robchiang1990
robchiang1990

Totally can tell it from the real thing, but guess the picture about real child soldier is hard to come by. Besides, if anything, Kojima is pretty good at powerful imagery, and man isn't this a piece of powerful imagery. 

Trencher10
Trencher10

Here's a thought: The production crew (the people tasked with creating filler-images for backgrounds and shit) are gamers, and are just trolling.

veryDERPY
veryDERPY

anybody could see that's not real. have they stepped outside recently?

yellowsanchez
yellowsanchez

how can you think that is a real picture. you can easily tell it is from a video game.

Ishiban
Ishiban

Only fools who do not play video games would mistake that screen shot for a real picture.  It is apparent that there exists a group of people who don't play video games and doesn't realize just how far games have come graphically.  Truly embarassing considering the subject matter.

Smosh150
Smosh150

How can people mistake video game screens/videos for something real, reminds me of what ITV did thinking that an ARMA 2 video of AAA shooting down a British helicopter was real and put it on one of their documentaries.

battlefront1943
battlefront1943

Reminds me of last year when North Korea used video from CALL OF DUTY in one of their propaganda films.

cashandchecks
cashandchecks

The question is can you shoot the child soldiers?? That would be disturbing, I would definitely have to keep the kidos away when doing that.

cashandchecks
cashandchecks

What a dumb azz, how can you mess that up. And I applaud Konami on the Afro detail, but only a blind person could mistake the two.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Just how lazy are these researchers? I'm especially appalled with the BBC. They should know better.

Garm31
Garm31

That near photo realistic Fox Engine can even fool the smartest....or is that the dumbest of us?

dannydopamine8
dannydopamine8

Even in the TV show footage it looks like a video game screenshot. News people are pretty dumb tho, some of the dumbest things i've ever heard said on this planet came from news reporters.. One lady recently said "she wouldn't want marijuana legalized because it would lead to kids losing their minds and running rampant in the streets"

gamingfriendly
gamingfriendly

Child soldiers have been around since forever as sad as it is i dont think anyone can stop it from happening and as for the image someone seems to have advertised his awaited game with his work place budget and equipment lol.

catsimboy
catsimboy

Next thing you know they're going to be reporting on the state of Zanzibar Land.

dannydopamine8
dannydopamine8

@Rakou Actually that is a really old clip used in many old movies and stuff, thats where fallout got it from. Its not fallouts own

isshiah
isshiah

@NTM23 60 minutes has used music from The Dark Knight a few times.


Zloth2
Zloth2

@Trencher10  It's feasible - but more likely the folks setting up the story just Googled "child soldiers" and took one without bothering to give it a second glance.

LE5LO
LE5LO

@Ishiban "Only fools who do not play video games" - lol! How about elderly people with bad eyesight?

billy19joseph
billy19joseph

@isshiah @NTM23 A lot of trailer music gets recycled; one group, "Two Steps From Hell" produce orchestral pieces for use in film and games, quite often the same music is used in more then one production since TSFH own the rights. 

NTM23
NTM23

@isshiah Well, yeah, though I see that as ordinary compared to game music being used.

Swinny14
Swinny14

@timthegem @Ishiban Clearly you didn't know that 'Phantom Pain' is a real life medical condition. Its where you lose a limb, and you can still feel pain in that limb as if it was there. 

In the metaphorical sense, Big Boss has lost his base, and his comrades, thus in the trailer Kaz says ''Its like they're all still there''. Phantom Pain.

I find it annoying how in this 'age of information' people can still be so poorly educated. 

xXl_z3r0_lXx
xXl_z3r0_lXx

@Ishiban Only fools would be as big a dumbass as you.

rattytouille
rattytouille

@timthegem @Ishiban well Big Boss did lose his arm so it does kind of make sense.

isshiah
isshiah

@NTM23 @isshiah I wasn't suggesting any sort of special significance, merely making note of it.

igorphoenix
igorphoenix

@rattytouille @timthegem and not only his arm, he lost his base of operations, his comrades, he lost... well, pretty much everything over the years so "The Phantom Pain" will be predominant theme throughout the whole story.

Kojima wouldn't pick the name just because it sounds cool, it's never that simple with MGS.

Damn, can't wait to play it already. Judging by the trailers it will be the darkest and the most emotional MGS story yet, my only concern is that there will be less cutscenes (which was cinfirmed by Kojima a while ago), so no more 40+ minutes of consecutive dialogs. But it's Kojima, he knows what he's doing.