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Arma 3 Developers are Fighting Against In-Game Footage Being Used as War Propaganda

Arma 3 developer Bohemia Interactive opposes the use of in-game footage to spread false information, especially about the war in Ukraine.

and official statementBohemia Interactive opposes the use of Arma 3 mods that intentionally look like real war footage and look like they are real.

“These user-created videos can go viral and are heavily shared by social media users and, in some cases, by various mainstream media outlets and official government agencies around the world.

Arma 3 is set in a futuristic conflict set in 2035, but Arma 3 is hugely popular thanks to its powerful modding and customization options. The user has created over 20,000 modes for the game set spanning many different wars of all kinds, real and fictional, over many different time periods.

But Bohemia Interactive is fighting a mod that is intentionally made to resemble the war in Ukraine and is shared online as real footage. “While we are pleased that Arma 3 simulates modern conflict in such a realistic way, it is certainly welcome that it could be mistaken for actual combat footage and used as propaganda for war. It doesn’t matter.

According to Krizka, Bohemia Interactive reported the videos to platform providers such as Facebook and YouTube in an attempt to combat the spread of fake war footage made with Arma 3, but the process was “not very effective. ‘ said.

Instead, the team turned to working with major news outlets and fact-checkers such as AFP and Reuters.

Bohemia Interactive has also published a guide to help users distinguish between in-game video and real footage. Bohemia Interactive highlights aspects such as low resolution, shaky cameras, dark or nighttime footage, lack of audio and people, and unrealistic vehicles and uniforms as points to watch out for when spotting fake videos. increase.

Finally, Bohemia Interactive asks users to use game footage responsibly and refrain from using “clickbait” video titles, and to verify that the video originates from a video game before publishing game clips online. clearly stated.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began in February 2022, and the conflict has continued since then, impacting countless lives.

Matt TM Kim is IGN’s News can contact him @lawoftd.

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