Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Arma II so realistic it fools ITV

It appears ITV has made a complete and utter cock up concerning a documentary about Gaddafi and the IRA which has now been taken down from their online streaming system ITV player. The documentary in question featured footage from the game ARMA II which they had even labelled 'IRA FILM 1988'. Surely someone would of noticed this was quite blatantly video game footage some point during the editing process. I really do not see how this mistake was made. For this to happen is purely ridiculous especially as the game footage was quite pixelated and obviously wasn't real.

What makes me laugh is the irony of this all as I have read a couple articles recently about how games are bad influences and all that crap, I have been playing Pokemon recently and have yet to venture out into the wilderness to try and capture animals to use in battle but that's beside the point. Anyway the one that seems most fitting how gamers 'can't tell the real world from fantasy' which was an article in the Metro. I can't find it on the metros site but CVG did an article on the matter here, don't get me started on the amount of flack GTA has got over the years. There are many more essentially saying video game violence = real life violence, you don't exactly have to look hard to find them. They are all frankly a massive steaming pile of faeces. Though apparently it is game players that can't decipher reality from fantasy. These gamers that are 'averaged' to be in their mid thirties, who are more than likely to have steady jobs, possibly families and living their life quite happily without running over hookers to get their money back or head butting bricks to try and find coins and mushrooms and so on and so on. Don't get me wrong there probably are people out there trying to find mushrooms to make them self seem larger to go rampaging on killing reptiles and little erm... mushroom type things? What the hell are Goombas anyway, they kind of look like mushrooms, I dunno what exactly the type of animal they are meant to be, I know Mario's from the mushroom kingdom but that's due to all the Toads not Goombas, maybe they are mushrooms. But I'm getting away from my point, I shouldn't write when I'm tired.

It would seem that someone at ITV is going to be in some serious shit, and quite possibly getting fired because of this. ITV have now released a statement which read:

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

So for some reason while at work in the ITV production offices they were all sat there quite happily working away and for some unknown reason their was some footage of a fan made video of ArmA II in the midst with  all the other bits and bobs needed to finish off some footage of this program. I don't see how or why this game footage was acquired and put into place. From what I believe, this game footage was a Youtube video, so does that mean the fantastic journalists down at ITV source their information from there? What's more is if this is where they did get it from, they would have had to download it and surely if you did that you would keep it well away from all the difference sections of the show you are trying to edit. It frankly makes no sense how something like this could of happened.