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'The Phantom Pain' screenshot used in a RT news report on child soldiers

During a special news report on child soldiers in Africa that aired on July 14, RT featured a screenshot of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain as a stock photo.

The screenshot from 'Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain' that RT used in a report on child soldiers.
The screenshot from 'Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain' that RT used in a report on child soldiers.Metal Gear Solid wiki

The image was used during a segment of SophiaCo that discussed the hardship of child soldiers while Sophie Shevardnadze had an interview with Emmanuel Jal, hip-hop artist and a former child soldier. The program used a screenshot from the games E3 2013 trailer.

The mistake was first noticed by NEETBOSS, a Tumblr user, on July 15 than it was picked up by Kotaku and several other video game news sites over the weekend.

Many in the game media sarcastically noted that this misunderstanding demonstrates the visual achievement of the Fox Engine. However many gamers attributed the mix-up to lazy interns while noting how it distracted audiences from the problem of child soldiers in Africa.

Several users mocked the mixup on RT.com by noting the image is from a video game while one users posted Snake monolouge from the begining of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.

Its unclear what is the role of the child soldiers in the games story but previous games have made mention of Big Boss military exploits in Africa. Like all Kojima games, there is always anti-war themes along with criticism of the military industrial-complex and Western policies regarding conflicts in Africa.

This has not been the first time a news network used screenshots of a video game during a segment on global affairs. The most well known was when BBC News mistook the logo of the United Nations Space Command from the Halo-series for the logo of the United Nations Security Council.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be the tenth game in the series and will continue the story after the events of Ground Zeroes. The game will be available for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360 but no official release date has been announced.