Halo effect

Today’s video games are so sophisticated, and the shenanigans at the UN can be so sophomoric. Perhaps that’s why, in a piece in May about Amnesty International’s criticism of UN involvement in the Syrian conflict, the BBC mistook the logo of the United Nations Space Command for that of the UN Security Council. The Space Command is, of course, from Microsoft’s hugely popular video game series Halo, in which mankind battles an alien theocracy. According to The Telegraph, the gaffe was the result of a “Google image search gone wrong.” Maybe the Beeb’s researchers should have used Bing instead.

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