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Russian embassy tweets screenshot from Command and Conquer to warn of extremists in Syria

By midian182 ยท 6 replies
May 13, 2016
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  1. The Russian government has a reputation for occasionally being unpredictable. Now, the UK Russian Embassy Twitter account seems to be acting in a similarly erratic manner, after it posted a screenshot from classic PC strategy game Command and Conquer: Generals to illustrate extremist activities.

    The image shows the three variants of suicide bomb truck used by the GLA in the game – basic, high explosive, and bio bomb. Beneath the screenshot, the embassy wrote: "Extremists near Aleppo received several truckloads of chemical ammo,” displaying a shocking lack of knowledge about the iconic game’s units.

    In fairness, the picture is the first one that appears when you type “bomb truck” into Google. The Embassy also added an "image used for illustration purposes only” message to the picture, for those people who have trouble distinguishing between a photo of a real truck and a mass of pixels from a 2003 video game.

    Being Twitter, there were plenty of creative responses from users who added their own “illustration purposes” photos to news stories.

    Only an hour earlier, the same @RussianEmbassy account had used an image from the excellent zombie horror movie Dead Snow to illustrate the country's stance against Nazism. And zombies, presumably. This from a nation whose government isn't exactly well known for its sense of humor.

    In all seriousness, using screenshots from games and movies to illustrate real-life crisis is pretty questionable. It’s also not the first time a Russian organization has done this; in 2014, a segment on child soldiers by news channel Russia Today was introduced using an image from Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain.

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  2. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,998   +2,470

    Pro tip: The "Bomb truck" is easily countered using air units.
    bmw95, Hexic, TheDreams and 5 others like this.
  3. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,509   +3,898

    I'm speechless ..... God only knows what they will tweet about Mario!
    Godel likes this.
  4. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,781   +1,166

    In all fairness, with this statement it makes much much more sense...
  5. MoeJoe

    MoeJoe Banned Posts: 837   +441

    L M A O at them using 'Generals' bomb truck graphics.

    Great game though ...
  6. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 807   +349

    The worst part is that it was most likely humanitarian aid trucks or ambulances trying to help the starving population being bombed by their own government with the help of Mother(f-er) Russia who is totally doing it just to keep their puppet dictator in power for money and oil.

    Makes me sick that the whole world can just stand and watch this poop happen and not send a cruise missile right up al-asaad's you-know-what.
  7. ManuelV

    ManuelV TS Addict Posts: 130   +64

    Who can blame him?, c&q generals was to awesome....

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