Iranian Media Mistakes Medal of Honor Sniper Footage for Real War Footage

A video showing Medal of Honor gameplay has apparently been going around Iranian media as real war footage!

In a hilarious blunder by Iranian television, a video that shows gameplay from Electronic Arts 2010 reboot of Medal of Honor has been mistaken for actual war footage. 

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French news network, France 24 were the first to recognise the mistake stating that the video was not, in fact, a crack Hezbollah sniper killing several IS militants. Their article noted that Iran’s news networks were:

…awash with titles like “Hezbollah sniper kills Daesh combatants”, “Hezbollah sniper hunts down Daesh brutes” and “Six Daesh combatants are killed in 2 minutes by a Hezbollah sniper.”

France 24 also stated that Mizan News, which is closely associated with the Iranian army, added details that the “alleged Hezbollah commandos were using the Arash, a 20-calibre anti-material rifle made in Iran.”

It is clear from the footage that the video is a fake as it is easy to spot the tell-tale signs of MoH’s HUD and the ‘Headshot’ symbols that pop up when you snipe an enemy in the game. The only thing that was changed from the game footage was the contrast.

This is not the first time something like this has happened either. In 2015, an Egyptian news agency utilised Apache: Air Assault gameplay to show the effectiveness of Russia’s air power against IS militia.

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Alec, 26, from the UK. Graduated from university with a degree in War Studies. I love playing video games (obviously), writing about them and achievement hunting. My favourite game ever is TESIV: Oblivion. In my spare time I play golf and clay pigeon shoot. Feel free to follow me on Instagram: @theealecp