The Sunday Times Uses CoD Picture For Tragic Hostage Story

The Sunday Times Uses CoD Picture For Tragic Hostage Story

Graphics so realistic, they could fool anyone.

UK newspaper The Sunday Times reported on a failed hostage rescue mission in Nigeria, illustrating it with an enormous image of the fictional Call of Duty character John ‘Soap’ MacTavish. The character’s eyes have been blacked out for no apparent reason, and it is unclear whether the paper is unaware of the blunder or was desperately trying to fill space and hoped no-one would notice.

This incident comes mere months after an ITV documentary about Colonel Gadaffi attempted to pass off a clip of tactical shooter Arma 2 as actual military footage. Broadcasting standards agency OfCom berated the channel and described the slip up as “a significant breach of audience trust”.

I’m not sure what I find more disturbing, the laxness of The Sunday Times, or the fact that our military games are now realistic enough to be mistaken for the real thing. On the plus side, the character artists and animators at Infinity Ward must be feeling very proud of themselves right now.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is speculated to be released later this year after it was briefly spotted as a listing on Amazon France and on a LinkedIn profile for a Nerve Software artist. Unless there are some great advances in technology over the next few months, I doubt it will feature any real life soldiers.

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