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    In a recent CNN story about retaliatory White House sanctions against Russia over unproven allegations of election hacking, the network amusingly used screenshots from the extremely popular Fallout 4 video game to depict ‘Russian hackers.’

    CNN was quickly mocked by Reddit users on a Fallout 4 subreddit, and later by pretty much everyone else, for using the image of a green screen with a series of random letters and words from one of the most popular games of the year.

    “Well, they seem to cover all their bases by having the Matrix code as well creep down the screen at about 0.11 in,” a Redditor wrote.


    Images from the video game were featured both on CNN’s televised news and in an online article hilariously demonstrating what hacking looks like. In Fallout 4, players solve word puzzles in mini games to “hack” computers and unlock doors and safes, although there is nothing about the play of the game that resembles real-world hacking processes.

    “Sorry pulling images of a video game and airing them as part of your hacking story is the definition of journalism fail. It's sensationalist (ooh look how those dastardly hackers operated) and completely unnecessary to report the actual story,” another Redditor commented. “An image of a stock computer could just as easily have accompanied this story, but that was obviously not flashy enough for CNN.”

    As Alfred Ng wrote for CNET, it is highly unlikely that alleged Russian hackers used Pip-Boys, a game device within the Fallout play environment, to disrupt the US election.

    In Fallout 4, player’s computers are not connected to the internet, as users are inserted into a post-apocalyptic city of Boston in 2287, and play as a “sole-survivor” of nuclear devastation.

    CNN has since replaced the clip on their website, though it is still available on their YouTube channel.

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    • Amin von Elysion
      hahahahaha degeneration in the usa is so obvious i mean the usa is like the people in the movie idiocracy and the fact that donald trump is president of monkey island now is just another example of how low they are in all matters
    • Jet fuel can't melt steel beams
      Who can still want to watch their "news"? Like really XD
    • avatar
      jas
      Still a lot of of MSM liars just don't get the net, and how quickly information flows to people who know what they're talking about.
    • avatar
      JC
      The great nation of Russia has done a great service to the world exposing the MSM propaganda agenda. Not only is the fake news propagated by the MSM use to sway world opinion on geopolitical matters but also it is used against racial and ethnic groups in America. Long live Russian and its great leaders.
    • avatar
      Tim - USA
      I played Fallout 4 and quit as it is the worst game Bethesda ever made even at a discount price. Don't buy this game unless you like endless crafting and endless settlement attacks. Even the hacking is buggy in this game.
    • avatar
      Glamoureus
      Wanna be a code hacker? Or cracker?

      It's all about the dollars, baby. For 29.99 USD u too can buy Fallout 4 and become a Russian Hacker!
    • avatar
      Prasan2016
      The Kalama Sutta states;
      Do not go upon what has been acquired by repeated hearing,
      nor upon tradition,
      nor upon rumor,
      nor upon what is in a scripture,
      nor upon surmise,
      nor upon an axiom,
      nor upon specious reasoning,
      nor upon a bias towards a notion that has been pondered over,
      nor upon another's seeming ability,
      nor upon the consideration, The monk is our teacher.
      Kalamas, when you yourselves know: "These things are good; these things are not blamable; these things are praised by the wise; undertaken and observed, these things lead to benefit and happiness," enter on and abide in them.
    • avatar
      Prasan2016
      The Kalama Sutta states;
      Do not go upon what has been acquired by repeated hearing,
      nor upon tradition,
      nor upon rumor,
      nor upon what is in a scripture,
      nor upon surmise,
      nor upon an axiom,
      nor upon specious reasoning,
      nor upon a bias towards a notion that has been pondered over,
      nor upon another's seeming ability,
      nor upon the consideration, The monk is our teacher.
      Kalamas, when you yourselves know: "These things are good; these things are not blamable; these things are praised by the wise; undertaken and observed, these things lead to benefit and happiness," enter on and abide in them.
    • RedBanner
      drblack,
      Also a game player here ;)

      Have played most games for PC that have been made, up until a few years ago.

      And I'm a huge fan of the Fallout series (btw I'm replaying now Fallout Tactics, on the very last mission right now, after having replayed the other ones on the series, Fallout 1, Fallout 2; the 2 is definitely my favorite of them all; and if not "the", at least one of my very favorite games, all types included, from all times!), and apart from the 3 initial ones, which include this Tactics, also have the 3 and the 4 installed on my PC. Can't play the 4, don't have a PC good enough for what it requires. But did play the 3 for some time. Haven't finished it. These last two are not, for me anyway, as good as the good old ones on the series...

      Quake? Yes, played them all (or most of them anyway, at least up until the IV I believe, as well as Doom and all the other ones from those days). It's a good FPS, maybe not the best imo.
    • RedBannerin reply toTim - USA(Show commentHide comment)
      Tim - USA,

      The 1 and especially the 2 on the Fallout series are among my favorite games, all types included, ever made ;)
    • RedBanner
      drblack,
      I played quite a lot online, in the old days when I lived in town and had a fast (cable, more recently) Net connection ;)

      Have mostly played RTS games (Starcraft) and a lot of MoH (the 1st one).
      Have tried a couple of more recently MMO games, like Path of Exile, for instance, but it's been a very long time I haven't played in some MMOFPS game!... There are a few out there now. May give it a try one of these days ;)
    • RedBanner
      drblack,

      The 1 and especially the 2?!... Among the very best games ever for PC imho, of course ;)
    • RedBanner
      drblack,
      Reminds me of the movements on an old favorite, Commandos ;)
    • avatar
      Prasan2016
      I will explain the notion of "you yourself know" stated in KalamaSuta.
      Suppose, your friend light up a candle and tell you "the flame is hot" and you say "yes"
      It means "you know" the flame is hot but not "you yourself know" the flame is hot.
      "You yourself know" the flame is hot is when you point your finger directly into the flame then immediately "you yourself know" the flame is hot.
      So the notion of "you yourself know" is not simply " know" but "get experience"
    • avatar
      Donny
      Yep, that old MSM is over the hill. They are confused and are doing the best (as shown here) they can. They can't stop themselves. And what does Trump do? He by-passes them. He tweets.
    • avatar
      mario2015
      O THINKS HE'S FUNNY & TOUGH. BUT THE TRUTH IS HE IS A SLIMY PUPPET & LOTS OF MARIJUANA.
    • Adrienne Adonis
      These idiots from CNN are the originators of FAKE NEWS AS YOU CAN SEE.......... Anderson Cooper is the queen of fake news.
    • avatar
      Prasan2016
      I will extend the notion of "you" vs "you yourself".
      Suppose, you addicted to cigarette, you fully known that it is dangerous, but you cannot quit, why?
      Because "you" know it is dangerous but not "you yourself" know it is dangerous.
      It means "you" is not "you yourself" and "you yourself" is not "you".
      "You" cannot exist without "you yourself" exist.
      But "you yourself" can exist without "you" exist.
      When "you yourself" asleep, then where are "you"?.
      For comparison, "you yourself" is light a home and "you" are the home owner.
      In hypnotism, the hypnotist will try to bypass "you" and get dilectly into "you yourself".
      Like to chase "you" out of your home and get in to occupied instead, same like demonic possession.
      Hitler had said "Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it", what does it mean.com?
      It means "Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it" until "they themselves" believe it, regardless of " they" believe it or not.
      In Russian strategy vs US strategy; Russian strategy is defensive, the soldiers feel "I am going to fight to ptotect my motherland", so "they themselves" is "psychologically protected".
      The US strategy is offensive, the soldiers feel "I am going to kill someone I even not know who he is", so "they themselves" feel sorrow and eventually developed to PTSD.
      So the news "US soldiers die more from suicide than from battle field" is not "fake news"?.
      Much much more to come.
    • avatar
      Prasan2016
      I had read a news, I don't know whether this news is fake. I hope this news is fake.
      The news mentions a killer drone operator, he quits his job after killing more than 1000 lives, I forgot the exact number, so I assume the number is 1001 lives.
      I had the following words:
      "Hey you, the number 1001 victim, I pay congratulation to you, your death make that guy awakening! Wow how good you are!
      Hey you, the number 1-1000 victims, I feel sorry for all of you, you all die like toads, no value for that guy.
      Hey you, that guy, the once "droner killer", if you feel anxious, you are not the first one, Googles "Angulimala" and read the related articles. I pray may you achieve what Angulimala had achieved. Good luck.
      Ps. I am Thai, collect me if my English is wrong. (Borrowed words)
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