WTF ?! Who would have thought that we would reach a point where the developers are begging people not to post highly classified military material on their forums, just to prove that something in a game is not 100% accurate? Gaijin Entertainment, creator of the military simulation War Thunder, found itself in this situation after players twice disclosed top-secret tank specifications.
The latest incident revolved around the in-game representation of the French Leclerc main battle tank and the turret rotational speed of its variants. Many who love War Thunder take its precise recreation of military vehicles seriously.
As reported by the UK Defense Journal on Sunday, an argument broke out on the in-game forum over War Thunder’s portrayal of the Leclerc. A member called __RED_CROSS__ disagreed with the claim that his turret spins at 40 degrees per second, so they posted a file called the “Skerit Document” which contained parts of Leclerc’s official gunner’s manual as evidence. .
The user then posted messages alleging that he was a member of a Leclerc Series 2 tank squad, which has been in service with the French Army since 1992. “It took about 11 seconds for the turret to complete one turn full, so 550 mil / s (31 °) is indeed correct not 40 °. [Leclerc Serie 2] I was there, “they wrote. There were also discussions on the forum as to whether the documents were classified.
The moderators eventually deleted the file and offered a warning to users, “Guys, this is no fun. [sic] to leak Classified Documents from modern equipment, you are putting the lives of many people who work with Vehicles on the line! Keep in mind that these documents will be removed immediately along with the penalties. Thanks for reading! ”The JagdEnte mod wrote.
This is not the first time that War Thunder has dealt with users who publish tank manuals. Last June, a dispute over the size of the gap between the main turret and the hull led a player to publish classified information about the Challenger 2 tank. This prompted the UK Ministry of Defense to write to Gaijin, based in Cyprus, to inform them that the manual is classified and that the person publishing it, who claims to be a Commander of Challenger 2, may be violating the Law on Official Secrets.
The Smin1080p community manager writes that with over 2,000 vehicles in the game, issues like these can “take a long time to validate, verify the source material, and implement if they actually prove to be incorrect.” .
“The time it takes to review and process the reports, however, is not reasoning, justification or motive to break legally defined permeameters in any way. We will always reject these documents entirely and resolve the issue with all legal requirements. “
The War Thunder Instagram page probably said it best: “Please don’t send us any classified material, we really don’t want to find ourselves chained to the bottom of a disguised CIA freighter in the waters. international. “
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