Arma 3 developers are speaking out against game footage being used in fake news

Arma 3 has an interesting twist to today’s news. Given the current state of the world in regions like Ukraine, people supposedly picked up footage of Arma 3 and passed it off as a real struggle, with that theme in mind. Elsewhere, the game’s developers, Bohemia Interactive, issued a statement yesterday that we’re going broke.

The development team is using this statement to explain to people that not only does the game have something to do with Ukraine today, but how the mod is very important to the general community. As of this writing, there are over 20,000 mods for the game and it allows players to “recreate and simulate any historical, current, or future conflict in great detail (thanks to the advanced game engine).”

Bohemia also notes that these videos can be a source of fake news or spread misinformation about real world issues happening right now. Pavel Kojica, Director of Public Relations at Bohemia Interactive, comments directly on this saying,

“While it is amusing that Arma 3 simulates the conflicts of modern warfare in a realistic way, we are certainly not happy that it can be mistaken for realistic combat footage and used as propaganda for war. This has happened in the past (Arma 3 videos have allegedly depicted conflicts in Afghanistan, Syria and Palestine and even between India and Pakistan), but at present this content has gained momentum in connection with the current conflict in Ukraine.

“We’ve been trying to fight such content by reporting these videos to platform providers (FB, YT, TW, IG, etc.), but it’s very ineffective. With each video removed, ten more are uploaded every day. We found that the best way to address this is to actively collaborate with leading news outlets and fact-checkers (eg AFP, Reuters, etc.), who have better access and ability to effectively combat the spread of fake news footage.”

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Following Pavel’s comments, the team mentions ways to distinguish real-life videos from Arma 3 gameplay and advises players to use their footage responsibly, without having to “clickbait”. The developers noted features such as low-quality footage, lack of sound, unnatural particle effects, and other features that could tell signs of using gameplay footage instead of real footage. The developers also gave some credit to the players who pointed out that the footage was mistakenly identified as real.

Arma 3 can now be played on PC.

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