The CEO of military simulation developer Bohemia Interactive has told SPOnG that British broadcaster ITV has been "misleading" in using footage from ArmA II in place of an IRA terrorist film from 1988.
Last night's Exposure programme on ITV1
included a short film of Provisional IRA troops gunning down a British helicopter to illustrate Gadaffi's influence within the group. The clip was described as "IRA film 1988" - but on closer inspection
it is in fact footage lifted from someone's gameplay experience
on ArmA II
Marek Spanel, the CEO of the game's developer Bohemia, said that the studio was not aware of the use of footage and that it was not approached by ITV for permission to use video from the game. "It is very weird to see our game used this way, especially considering the journalists were simply unable to tell difference between reality and game footage and described a short film clearly made using our game Arma II
with what they call real IRA footage from 1988.
"Our games offer great level of freedom to our users to create all kind of things but in this particular case, it is very misleading," Spanel added. "At the moment we are gathering further information about the matter but I already had chance to see the documentary and so far I am not sure how could they make such obvious mistake.
"On a somewhat more positive note, we consider this as a bizarre appreciation of the level of realism incorporated into our games."
SPOnG has approached ITV for comment.Update:
It appears ITV was willing to speak to the BBC about the mishap, telling technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones that the clip inclusion was down to "unfortunate result of human error."