When a PC Game Gets Confused with a Military Aircraft Controversy

Today, the 12 MV-22 Osprey aircraft arrived in the Japanese city of Iwakuni, where it was met with protests.

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People in Japan believe that the aircraft is not safe, pointing to recent Osprey crashes in both Florida and Morocco. As AP points out, the U.S. military contends that the aircraft has solid safety records and plans to station Osprey at American military bases in Okinawa.

To illustrate how unsafe the Osprey is, Japanese super blogger Kikko-san (who writes one of the most widely read blogs in Japan) tweeted a video of an Osprey crash to her 95,000 followers. It was a crash alright—an Osprey crash in tactical PC shooter Arma 2.

Mistakes happen! Especially on Twitter. Kikko-san quickly switched out the video game Osprey crash with a real Osprey crash (below). If Arma 2's goal is to be a realistic looking shooter, it seems it passed the smell test—for one person, at least.

きっこさん、PCゲーム『ARMA2』で作成されたオスプレイの墜落映像を本物だと思い込む [トー速]

DISCUSSION

Greg the Mad

I'm not a specialist on that matter, but what I know did the Osprey use to be unsafe.

This was before they used computers for flight-stabilization. Most crash videos are from before that time.

It's still a aircraft, and, if the pilot wants to, or he makes the right errors, it still will crash. As does every other aircraft.

What I've heard is the Osprey now a rather trusted and respected aircraft in the US Military, and soldiers only use machines they can trust their lifes on, because they will trust with their lifes.