Russian news uses Metal Gear Solid 5 image to discuss child soldiers in Africa

Friday, 18th July 2014 13:45 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

While there is nothing humorous whatsoever regarding the topic of child soldiers, it is rather amusing that a Sophie Co. segment on RT, previously known as Russia Today, would use a Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain screenshot to get the point across.


Noticed by Kotaku, the 24 minute news segment featured Shevardnadze interviewing hip-hop artist Emmanuel Jal, a former child soldier in the Sudan, discussing the region as well as his horrid childhood.

This is when an image from the game popped up showing the African region in the game as well as the child soldiers. It starts around the 36 second mark.

While the image could be considered jarring, it’s not a real depiction. Google has plenty of real, legitimate pictures of such social and moral tragedies.

Maybe someone on the news team is just a fan of the Metal Gear games. Who knows.

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be released on PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One next year.

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  1. OlekKing

    And this is breaking news?
    You consider this news worthy in the slightest?

    #1 5 months ago
  2. Legendaryboss

    Professional journalism at its finest, can’t someone on the news team tell its a game. Well i suppose Kojima’s team should be flattered. So apparently this game is a shoe in for an Early 2015 launch.

    #2 5 months ago
  3. OlekKing

    @Legendaryboss Can you explain me what is the problem with simply showing a picture OFF-SCREEN that could help bring their point across? Why does it matter that it’s from a video game, i didn’t see them deeming it to be real.
    “Professional journalism at its finest” You should maybe tell that to the author of this article, it’s pretty clear to me now that this website isn’t about serious video games journalism but rather it’s some bullshit gossip website like Kotaku.
    Why is this newsworthy?

    #3 5 months ago
  4. Legendaryboss

    @OlekKing Gladly: MGS5 and its presence is completely irrelevant to the interview and the story at hand. Child soldiers based in Africa in MGS5: TPP (VR) doesn’t convey the truth nor is it directly linked with “a former child soldier in the Sudan, discussing the region as well as his horrid childhood.” Real life. It doesn’t have anything to do with the subject matter and shouldn’t be there.

    I’m not going to diss Steph she’s awesome! The only good one since Dave left. I have more or less accepted the site for what it is or whatever it progresses into.

    #4 5 months ago
  5. Legendaryboss

    @Legendaryboss Meant to add: bolded is where the similarities end.

    #5 5 months ago
  6. boskoz

    @OlekKing: the problem is that it’s not the real subject.

    If i am watching a TV news, and they tell me “Hurricanes in USA are a real trouble” and they show me some footage from 1996s movie “Twister”, well…that’s bullshit! The subject is not a movie, is the real thing! That’s bad journalism.

    If you are talking about child soldiers, why show me a videogame footage? If not to tell me “the phenomenon is so wide that even videogames are talking about it”…they were using this image, which is FAKE, instead of the real ones. Which is bad journalism, in my country.

    #6 5 months ago
  7. Dragon

    FOX Engine is great!

    #7 5 months ago
  8. Erthazus

    This is blown out of proportion.

    so what?

    the program was about child soldiers and picture is exactly showing that. Is this a crime?

    #8 5 months ago
  9. Erthazus

    @Legendaryboss so what? News channel used it to show it’s point. The picture shows exactly what they are talking about.
    MGSV theme has nothing to do with it but it shows what they wanted to point out for 3 sec. WOW. Such a DISASTER.

    #9 5 months ago
  10. Legendaryboss

    @Erthazus So you partially agree with me? Using that pic for the discussion of child soldiers, well okay but that is where the similarities end. But hey any publicity is good publicity.

    #10 5 months ago
  11. Obernox

    Free marketing.

    #11 5 months ago

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