The Russian Embassy in the United Kingdom recently posted a tweet exclaiming that extremists were near Aleppo with “truckloads” of chemical ammunition. Twitter users were quick to mock the embassy’s take on a weapon of mass destruction.
— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) May 12, 2016
These weren’t classified photographs from a secret satellite or footage captured from a drone. No, instead those familiar with computer gaming might already recognise the origin of that picture. For those who are not, these are images of a unit from the 2003 game Command & Conquer: Generals.
Replies started pouring in straight away – nearly all mocking the tweet and providing their own take on the Syrian Crisis as well as Russia’s recent action in Ukraine. Whether the Embassy did this on purpose in order to add humour to a horrific crisis, or whether the staff consider it harmless, is uncertain. However, we found it amusing. Here are 10 of our favourite replies.
10. Screenshot from 1992 game Wolfenstein 3D – a first-person Nazi shooter.
9. Screenshot from 1985 game Rush’n Attack – a game set during the Cold War with the purpose of saving POW’s from Russian firing squads.
— Nerpov Rupelnrop (@Bimshwel) May 12, 2016
8. Character from 2008’s Red Alert 3, another game in the Command & Conquer series.
— Faisal's Failson (@rfcapa) May 12, 2016
7. Screenshot from the game Minecraft – TNT are blocks in the game.
— Tasmanian Fox (@tasmanianfox) May 12, 2016
6. An AT-AT (All Terrain Armoured Transport) from the Star Wars franchise.
— Arnaud Delalande (@Arn_Del) May 12, 2016
5. Block formation from famous game Tetris.
4. Characters from Valve’s Team Fortress 2 game.
— Anton Dikiy (@adikiy) May 13, 2016
3. Screenshot from the 1997 N64 James Bond game Goldeneye 007.
— Greg Turtle (@turtlestudio) May 12, 2016
2. Screenshot from 2009 game Prototype.
— Music ⚡ Band (@InitHello) May 12, 2016
1. An Internet image of a cat with an AK-47 and cigarette added for humour.
— Chris (@SarniamakChris) May 12, 2016
Header image: Electronic Arts