To Avoid Russian State Media, CS:GO Being Used In Russia To Report On Ukraine Invasion

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As you might imagine, there are a ton of restrictions to what news Russian citizens have access to. However, a Finnish newspaper has found a way around those restrictions and reports the reality of the war in Ukraine to Russians using a secret room on a custom map in CS:GO.

As pointed out by GamesRadar, Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat set up the custom map and secret room today, which just so happens to be World Press Freedom Day.

"Russians have very little chance to receive independent information about Putin's invasion of Ukraine," Helsingin Sanomat editor-in-chief Antero Mukka told GamesRadar+ in an email.

"However, the gaming world and gamers themselves are still left unchecked. That's why we decided to hide a newspaper inside the world's most popular war game. We built a map of a Slavic city devastated by a war, inside the game, with a secret room that offers Russian gamers an uncensored access to the horrors of the war in Ukraine in their native language."

The map is called "de-vonya" and is available to download with CS:GO if you want to check it out.

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Troy Blackburn
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Troy “Noobfridge” Blackburn has been reporting on the video game industry for over a decade. Whether it’s news, editorials, gameplay videos, or streams, Noobfridge never fails to present his honest opinion whether those hot takes prove to be popular or not.

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Discussion (7)

uldir 1 year ago
People who write about discrimination before 2014 in Ukraine are bullshit. They have seen enough of Putin's and far-right Russian propaganda. I live on the border of three countries, Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. We always spoke Russian, everyone had families on different sides of the countries. If you want to know the truth, watch Russian-language channels or Russian bloggers that have been blocked by the Russian government. Like varlamov, TV Rain, DW Russian and etc.
How can you even trust a person who sits in power like a monarch. I mean Putin and Lukashenko. Your Western government said that Russia will invade Ukraine in February-March 2022, everyone laughed. The Russian authorities said that this is nonsense and we are not going to attack anyone. And then they really attacked, and you still believe in their truth?

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weilan 1 year ago
The one-sided propaganda in the West is scary. Everyone keeps forgetting that in 2014 the West told Ukraine to bomb its eastern regions who are populated by a majority of ethnic Russians. Those Russians just wanted to live where their ancestors always were, but were discriminated by Ukraininans their whole lives. And now nobody is saying why Russia is fighting Ukraine, they just call it "aggression" like one day Russians woke up and decided "now we should attack Ukraine for no reason".

In 2014 I had a family of Ukrainians - a mother, father and a little girl stay at home for dinner one night, they were from the eastern regions of Ukraine escaping because their own country was bombing them.

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truthbringer 1 year ago
Only stupid idiots from across the ocean really think that the Russians are not aware of what is happening in the neighboring country. Everyone who wants to use VPN calmly and has full access to any news and information channels from around the world. And it is only you who blindly believe in specially edited and prepared materials from Ukrainian propagandists.

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zariarn 1 year ago
Need more gamers doing stuff like this. The iron-curtain needs to come down.

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