TV Confuses Arma With Real Life

Hey, everyone, please join in with the rest of the internet and laugh at ITV. They’ve only gone and made a documentary about Gadaffi’s links with the IRA, and then used footage from Arma II to illustrate it. “IRA Film 1988” it says over a dodgy Frapsing of Arma II. No, they actually did that. Presumably, as PCG points out, because of this dodgy YouTube video. You can watch the clip in question below. (This spectacular stupidity was originally discovered by the BI Forums.)

The timing of this event, given recent trends, is impeccable. Good times.


  1. ShineDog says:

    This really is amazing.

  2. KikiJiki says:

    Good grief

    Edit: I wonder if they can be referred to Ofcom for this.

  3. CMaster says:

    I like how you can see all the jaggies.

    Real life is anti aliased, ITV!

    • mejoff says:

      But, is IRA footage from the eighties anti-aliased? Answer me that!

  4. Santiaguito says:

    at first i was like wut??
    but then i remembered stupids are everywhere

  5. terry says:

    Terrorists play ARMA2!

    • Mehbah says:

      This is exactly how they will spin it. No one will admit that the people who produced this were incompetent. Instead, you can expect various media to report that OH MY GOD MURDER SIMULATOR ARMA 2 IS TEACHING PEOPLE HOW TO JOIN GADAFFI’S TERRORISTS.

    • Gap Gen says:

      Ah, since when has media commentary been impartial and level-headed?

    • figvam says:

      It’s a good indication of the validity of the whole “Gaddafi & IRA” story If they had to use *this* as a factual evidence. One has to wonder about the substantiality of other hot “facts” about the Libyan regime the media is spinning endlessly in the recent months.

  6. Teddy Leach says:

    I told you the graphics were realistic.

  7. Jimbo says:

    LOL, seriously? Did the person who included this not have eyes?

    • johann tor says:

      Or they are internet illiterate enough not to realize that something being posted on youtube doesn’t necessarily make it authentic.

  8. Joseph-Sulphur says:

    I bet Egg was flying that chopper.

    • kataras says:

      I m sure Liquorish was in charge as well… Maybe he was even the co-pilot,

    • Stranglove says:

      And I bet that it was joe wot shot them down.

  9. Will Tomas says:

    Good god… Wow, just wow. That’s surpremely lazy, incompetent, and utterly idiotic. And hilarious. But, still…

  10. chris says:

    Is this the real life?

  11. Unaco says:

    It’s not even FRAPS’d. It looks like someone’s recorded it with a camera off the screen.

    • EOT says:

      Dunno, looks like they’ve deliberately edited it to make it look like ‘real’ footage. Interesting. Perhaps we should have a camera man on Tactical Tuesdays.

    • royaltyinexile says:

      No, I think the original was actually filmed on a potato :p

      Now, this is edited to make it look ‘real.’ :)

    • EOT says:

      Well…I am watching it on a phone in the middle of a fairly boring maths lecture so my appreciation of it may be somewhat skewed.

    • El_MUERkO says:

      I’m pretty sure what they’re saying is the original edit is not the original edit, I saw a similar if not identical video a while ago, it had the shaky-cam stuff but also pretend news stuff like how BIS do in their cut scenes.

  12. Bull0 says:

    Fucking hell. Idiots.

    I now feel really bad for regularly criticising more competent people.

    This may genuinely have opened my eyes. I do need to revise my standards. I’m too cynical of good, basically hardworking and intelligent people. Clearly there are some real morons in work. I’m sorry.

  13. Jorum says:

    British journalism shines again.
    Our press quite a while ago eroded to the point where most journalists just trawl and regurgitate internet, twitter, and PR feeds (apparently a large number now aren’t expected or allowed to leave the office).
    TV is looking to follow that example it seems.

    • Dances to Podcasts says:

      It just looks that way because tv spends half their time discussing newspapers.

      /tv at work is set to Sky…

  14. Nim says:

    Someone send this revelation to competing media… please.

    • Will Tomas says:

      I think Rory Cellan-Jones at the BBC, Benjamin Cohen at Channel 4 News, or The Guardian’s TV/technology sections might be a good bet if anyone does fancy e-mailing this to competitors.

    • Tams80 says:

      Rory Cellan-Jones is hardly any better.

  15. Xercies says:

    And it looks like there computer can’t even run it, looks like a bad machima or Full Life consequences lol

  16. Srethron says:

    Life is just a dream, you know
    that’s never ending

  17. weego says:

    What are the chances that they use this mistake to pivot into a “well if we were fooled by the footage just IMAGINE WHAT ACTUALLY PLAYING THE GAME IS DOING TO OUR CHILDREN”

    • Bull0 says:

      The old “we’re going to dig ourselves out of this hole chaps, and we’re going to start by digging a much deeper one” tack. Yep, wouldn’t be the first time traditional media tried that

  18. aircool says:

    Footage shown is representative of actual gameplay.

  19. CharlO says:

    That’s because they use Playstation, they just don’t see the lack of AntiAliasing, and believe that if the camera is not steady, is just like real life.

  20. DeanLearner says:

    I bet this was Adrian Chiles’ doing.

  21. Raiyan 1.0 says:

    Never mind.

  22. Zarunil says:

    Oh dear. How embarrassing.

  23. Drake Sigar says:

    And after all that hogwash about gamers not being able to tell the difference between reality and fiction…

  24. Oozo says:

    Did you hear that? That was the sound of Jean Baudrillard screaming “Told you so!” from beyond his grave, calling to arms and pens an armada of yellow press journalists, whose feriocious scribbling disturbs the afternoon sleep of twelve dozen beardy students of media philosophy, who just woke up to the strange and sudden feeling that there is a game-changing thesis waiting to be written somewhere out there, if only, if only one could remember the proper spelling of the word “simulacrum”.

    • gamma says:

      The chart has replaced territory many decades ago. Much more deeply than one can understand… and not only by simple visual interpretations, myth has reached its operative enablers in the realm of tought/language as well. This is the single most consequencial problem humanity faces, superficially designated as lack of critical thinking…

    • MrEvilGuy says:

      The equivalent of the conveyor belt here, is the Japanese vaginal cyclorama – it outdoes any strip-tease. Prostitutes, their thighs open, sitting on the edge of a platform, Japanese workers in their shirt-sleeves (it is a popular spectacle), permitted to shove their noses up to their eyeballs within the woman’s vagina in order to see, to see better – but what?

    • gamma says:

      Definitely trying the game-changing thesis here by mispelling “simulation” with an extragenous “t” somewhere…

  25. tungstenHead says:

    I like how the back end of the truck leaps into the air about a foot at 0:43 as the guy standing behind it goes prone.

  26. Gundrea says:


    • diamondmx says:

      You spawncamped in Real Life? In the maternity ward?! That’s low,man.

    • Dozer says:

      Nah. To spawncamp a helicopter you wait with the RPG at the hangar doors of the factory.

  27. psyk says:

    Strange and you think they would of put “reconstruction” at the bottom, but it did seem to happen link to

  28. DoctorBrain says:

    A shame they didn’t show footage of the ArmA 2 battlebus link to

  29. Valdyr says:

    They left out the genuine terrorist radio chatter.



    800 meters.

    to the


  30. c-Row says:

    I love how the truck jumps up a foot or two at 0:43 and the producers probably just thought that no one would notice…

  31. LTK says:

    They go on to say that nobody was killed in the attack, then in the original footage the helicopter crashes to the ground in a big fireball. They must have been tickling their own throat, that’s how far they went to pull this shit out of their ass.

    • Gundrea says:

      It’s the smoke that kills you.

    • Christian O. says:

      What smoke does, and this is where it gets interesting, chokes you. And if we choke, what can’t we do? We can’t breathe! And if we can’t breathe what do we do?

  32. Wizardry says:

    This is what happens when video games start having more than 16 different colours.

    • westyfield says:

      Haha, that made my day. In a good way. Thanks, Wizardry.

  33. cheesetruncheon says:

    When I saw this on TV i saw it hit the helicopter and thought ‘something’s off about this’ thanks for showing me.

    This Clip aside, I found the show quite informative. I was unsure whether it was actually all bullshit or not though.

  34. Inigo says:


  35. Bhazor says:

    Wait a second.

    “ITV use fake video game footage…”


  36. Athatar says:

    I love the fact in the original fan edit you hear Irish music playing in the background. It must have been this that confused the producers so much.

  37. Daiv says:

    As you can clearly see in this footage the IRA has begun training their soldiers in cutting-edge techniques such as “bunny hopping”.

  38. ukpanik says:


  39. sinister agent says:

    Just wait until they get hold of our footage of the British army’s cruel and unusual punishment for insubordination: the banana phone.

  40. Janek says:

    Terrestrial channel of the year, ladies and gentlemen.

    • sinister agent says:

      I can’t be the only one wondering how the hell they’re allowed to claim that. Is there a loophole they just discovered allowing them to display it without mentioning that it was awarded in 1993?

  41. Renfield says:

    I’m just happy no one died in this attack.

    • bluebottle says:

      No, but they did have to spend the next 90 minutes as a seagul flying about before the mission ended.

  42. cliffski says:

    Feel free to tip off channel 4 news about this:

    I’m sure they would enjoy covering it. I’ve emailed them, but the more the merrier :D

  43. Inigo says:

    link to

    An ITV spokesman said producers had real footage of a British army helicopter being shot down in 1988 but used the videogame material by mistake.

    “The events featured in Exposure: Gaddafi and the IRA were genuine but it would appear that during the editing process the correct clip of the 1988 incident was not selected and other footage was mistakenly included in the film by producers,” he said.

    “This was an unfortunate case of human error for which we apologise.”

    He added that the documentary would be re-edited to include the real footage before being made availabe again online.

    • psyk says:

      Sounds about right seeing as the vid is actually real.

    • Donjo says:

      That’s what was thinking, they had some kind of weird stock video game “footage” but forgot to switch it around with the actual footage. Still though. Feckin eejits.

  44. Zeewolf says:

    I love how the physics engine bugs out for a moment there and the truck jumps. Very realistic, no wonder they were fooled!

  45. JayeRandom says:

    Too bad they didn’t let the ARMA footage run a little longer– the sight of helicopter crewmen bailing out of the smoking helicopter and instantly getting good parafoil-type chutes really sells it.

  46. dcgc says:


  47. rapchee says:

    it’s even bugging out (truck jumping on the prone guy), how could they use this?? also the smoke puffs?? HOW???

  48. andyhavens says:

    I guess there’s B-roll, and then there’s Not2B-roll…

  49. Yage says:

    Gorilla marketing at its best.
    Great bit of product placement.

  50. rei says: