MGSV Child Soldiers

MGSV Screenshot Used in News Report on Child Soldiers

Apparently video game graphics have become difficult to separate from real life images. News Station Russia Today ran an interview with hip-hop artist and ex-child soldier Emmanuel Jal on the issue of child-soldiers when suddenly an image from Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain pops up. Either someone at Russia Today is a big MGSV fan, or simply grabbed the first image they could find on Google.

The image is taken from the promotional materials for MGSV, the exact image is of a scene that we first saw in the Metal Gear Solid V E3 2013 Trailer. Part will of the game will be set in Africa and as part of the game’s darker storyline, the narrative will prominently feature child soldiers.

The video can be viewed here, the MGSV image can be seen at approximately 5:50 in the video.

This isn’t the first time assets from a video game have appeared in news reports. Earlier this month Fox News repurposed the BioShock Infinite logo for their own story and in 2012, the BBC mistakenly used the UNSC logo from the Halo series in a news report.