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A TV Station Mistook 'Red Dead Redemption 2' Screenshot For Real Photo

Dean Abdou

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A TV Station Mistook 'Red Dead Redemption 2' Screenshot For Real Photo

You know how Red Dead Redemption 2 was one of the most graphically impressive games of the last generation? Well, it's so impressive that a TV station mistakenly thought that a screenshot that was sent in was of a real life image of Oregon.

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A reddit post that was shared in the Red Dead Online subreddit claims that they'd sent a screenshot from Red Dead Redemption 2 to their local news station for the great outdoors segment. Without realising that this was a game screenshot the local TV station went ahead and aired it as part of their segment.

The TV station that aired this screenshot was one based in Oregon called KTVZ 21 and their outdoor segment called "Out & About" is aimed at promoting outdoor activities such as hiking. For this segment the station asks its viewers to send photos in. What they didn't expect was for someone to send in a screenshot from a video game. But to be fair, Red Dead Redemption 2 is a stunning game that it's hard to fault the folks at the station for not clocking on to the fact that it wasn't real.

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Whether this particular story is true is a bit up in the air, but this isn't the first time a TV station has mistakenly used a video game in its news coverage. A feature on GamesRadar highlighted a few instances in the past where similar blunders have happened. Back in 2012 the BBC were running a story about the United Nations Security Council, however, the logo that they used during this coverage was actually the UNSC logo from the Halo series. Another awkward instance of a TV station using a video game image was over in Denmark in which the news network used a screenshot from Assassin's Creed in a report on Syria.

BBC Halo
BBC Halo

With a few games striving more for hyper-realism in their graphics, there's no doubt that TV stations will continue to accidentally use video game images for their segments to the amusement of us all.

Topics: Red Dead Redemption 2, Halo, News, Assassin's Creed

Dean Abdou
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