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News segment on African child soldiers uses Metal Gear Solid V screenshot

There are some terrible things happening around the world right now, and one of those things that has plagued the African continent is the recruitment of children as soldiers for the petty conflicts that run rife in their trouble countries. All of this is well documented on countless TV reports, however Russian news show, Sophie&Co, somehow still managed to use a screenshot from upcoming game Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain instead of an actual photo. Check out the excerpt below during the segment where Sophie Shevardnadze interviews hip-hop artist (and former child soldier), Emmanuel Jal, and shows the screenshot for a split second (around the 44 second mark).

Somehow, I almost don’t blame them for confusing an in-game screenshot for reality as the FOX Engine used in Metal Gear Solid V has been well documented as one of the most realistic so far. Perhaps it was a genuine mistake by the news team, or an interesting Easter egg left by the editor who’s a Metal Gear Solid buff, we’ll probably never know. Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain is due for release in 2015 on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4 and PS3.

What do you think about video game screenshots being used in news segments? Let us know your thoughts.

Source: Russia Today via Kotaku, VG247

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