There is little doubt that as games have gotten more advanced, you could use various parts of some of them to fool an untrained eye into thinking they were real life. However, Arma developer Bohemia Interactive thinks some folks are going too far with its own game. Arma 3 has recently been used in propaganda videos in the Ukraine and Russia conflict and Bohemia Interactive has issued a demand for such fake videos to stop, even as it seeks copyright takedowns on any content of the sort.
Bohemia Interactive shared a statement on the matter recently via its website blog. It was here that the studio shared its knowledge of video clips being used to portray Arma 3 gameplay as if it were real and violent acts from the war. The studio has apparently sought takedowns, copyright strikes, and further actions to remove these videos from the public space.
“These user-made videos have the potential to go viral, and are massively shared by social media users; sometimes even by various mainstream media or official government institutions worldwide,” the statement reads. “The Arma 3 dev team would like to take this opportunity to point out how the general public can distinguish such in-game videos from real-world footage.”
Bohemia points out that Arma 3’s foundation as military open sandbox makes it particularly manipulable for malicious actors to use in propaganda.
“This unique freedom of the Arma 3 platform comes with a downside: videos taken from Arma 3, especially when the game is modified, are quite capable of spreading fake news.”
The blog goes on to share how to distinguish if a video is taken from Arma 3, pointing out various measures editors often use to hide the gaming nature of Arma. It wouldn’t be the first time this has happened. Reuters reported earlier this year that a supposed viral video of a drone strike on Russian soldiers, which it turns out was an Arma 3 clip.
One could say this comes with being one of the most highly applauded military sandboxes in gaming, but Bohemia is certainly right to point out the dangers of Arma 3 being used in the ways detailed above.