Russia posts video game screenshot as ‘proof’ of US helping IS (BBC article)

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Russia’s Ministry of Defence has posted what it called “irrefutable proof” of the US aiding so-called Islamic State – but one of the images was actually taken from a video game.
The ministry claimed the image showed an IS convoy leaving a Syrian town last week aided by US forces.
Instead, it came from the smartphone game AC-130 Gunship Simulator: Special Ops Squadron.
The ministry said an employee had mistakenly attached the photo.
The Conflict Intelligence Team fact-checking group said the other four provided were also errors, taken from a June 2016 video which showed the Iraqi Air Force attacking IS in Iraq.
The video game image seems to be taken from a promotional video on the game’s website and YouTube channel, closely cropped to omit the game controls and on-screen information.
In the corner of the image, however, a few letters of the developer’s disclaimer can still be seen: “Development footage. This is a work in progress. All content subject to change.”

source: “Russia posts video game screenshot as ‘proof’ of US helping IS”, BBC News – 14 November 2017,


Eyewitness by Harris Wai

A documentary game titled Eyewitness appears to let you play as a photographer in the setting of the Nanjing massacre period during the Japanese invasion of the city. Unfortunately apart from very few information online, the game does not seem to be available anymore.
Harris Wai, from Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s Multimedia Innovation Centre, has developed this game about Japanese war crimes (thanks Espen). You play the role of a photographer who needs to document the Nanjing Massacre.
 Links to the game appear to be not working, but according to this site (Italian only) the game was presented in 2003 to the Games Developers Conference in San José.

Myst IV Revelations – camera

Myst IV Revelations has a built-in camera, that the player can access anytime throughout gameplay. The camera helped players keep track of vital information (clues and hints needed to solve puzzles), but also provided memories of moments in the game once the adventure was over. Only framing and taking a pictures are the available controls, and no other photographic function is present (zooming, focusing…).