For several years, footage from the match Weapon 3 are hijacked and presented as actual combat scenes, a trend that has been increasing since the start of the war in Ukraine. The creator of the game tries to fight against this phenomenon.
You don’t need to resort to deepfakes to create fake war videos. A simple video game is enough, to the disappointment of its creators. Weapon 3 is an open-world military simulator, released in 2013 and developed by the Czech studio Bohemia Interactive. It is very popular among gamers for its realismrealismand it is precisely this that allows some to pass off the videos shot in the game for real war scenes.
Normally, the images are quite easy to recognize as fake. However, by lowering the definition, making the image a little blurry, adding shaking to the image and especially not including characters, some people manage to fool Internet users, and even some big media. The number of fake videos taken from the game has increased significantly since the start of the war in Ukraine.
The creator of the Arma 3 game shows the techniques used by some to try to pass off sequences of the game as real fights. © Interactive Bohemia
The study asks users to pay attention to the videos posted
Two Romanian channels, Antena 3 in February and Romania TV in November, broadcast video excerptsWeapon 3 such as battle scenes in Ukraine, with the participation of experts to analyze the footage. According to Nick Waters of investigative NGO Bellingcat, fake videos abound social networkssocial networks would be the work of trolls who want to see how many people they can fool “. Those who collect them later would be naive people trying to increase the number of views.
Bohemia Interactive has launched an appeal to users asking them to publish videos responsibly, without misleading titles and explicitly stating that the images come from a video game.