ITV Mistakes Arma 2 for the Real IRA

An ITV documentary last night showcased footage from the game Arma 2 as a supposed secret IRA film from 1988.

The video shows a helicopter being allegedly shot down by the Real IRA, or RIRA, using weapons supplied by the exiled Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi.

Whilst the footage if benig show a narrator says; “With Gaddafi’s heavy machine guns, it was possible to shoot down a helicopter, as the terrorists’ own footage of 1988 shows.”

Mark Spanel, CEO of Bohemia Interactive told PC Gamer that they as the developers had never been approached or asked by ITV to use footage from the game in their documentary.


“We are going to try to get some explanation from ITV how this could have happened,” he said.

“Sometimes creativity and realism in our games lead into crazy results and this is one of such example. I just briefly watched the entire documentary and I still can not believe it as it is overall very serious and lengthy feature.

“We are surprised our games apparently may look real enough to some users already that they can not tell it is not real life footage.”

Lee Matthews

Lee is an avid gamer, photographer, film buff and sports fan. A scaly brat since birth it only seemed right for him to join Her Majesties Armed Forces of which he has been a proud member ever since. Despite a long absence from gaming, during which he spent many a night reminiscing about the glory days on Halo 2, Matty is now back online smashing his way through Black Ops and soon enough Gears of War 3 and Battlefield 3.

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