As video games get more and more realistic, it becomes harder for an untrained eye to distinguish screenshots and real-world photographs. The latest victim of this mistake is Oregon local news station NewsChannel 21, who published a stunning Red Dead Redemption 2 screenshot in its ‘Out & About’ nature photography segment.
The image first appeared on Reddit, with the catch proudly shared by the father of the person responsible for the fake-out. “My daughter sent another picture into our local TV station… from Red Dead Redemption 2 for their “Out & About” segment…” the post reads. “And once again they fell for it!”
A girl keeps sending my local news station screenshots of the landscape from Red Dead Redemption 2 for their “Out and About” news segment… and they keep putting it on the news thinking it’s a photo.
Bella, I salute you. pic.twitter.com/Km5HGz3A4t
— 🔸queenie🔸 (@frenziedandfine) November 29, 2020
The screenshot still exists in a video of the segment posted to NewsChannel 21’s YouTube channel, which has accumulated a number of comments poking fun at the screenshot’s inclusion.