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Deadly Iraq war is all a game

With the troops in Iraq being the top story every night, it was bound to happen - why not have a video war game based on the actual events that take place in Iraq?

    The game employs Playstation 2 technology

    Military game maker Kuma Reality Games has created an ongoing war game based on incidents from the 2003 invasion of Iraq.


    The game is updated as events on the ground change.

    Currently, there are more than 62 different missions that you can choose from. 


    In one mission you are a US soldier going from building to building trying to avoid enemy sniper fire, and must gain entry into their hideout without killing civilians.


    Keith Halper, CEO of Kuma Reality Games, said in a news release: "We are utilising advanced game technology to recreate the historical events at the centre of Saddam Hussein's trial.



    "These games allow people to educate themselves on critical events shaping history using powerful interactive tools, while also providing a dynamic forum for exploration and discussion."


    Playstation 2 technology


    The technology used in the game is early Playstation 2 quality graphics, where the water does not really look like water, and some of the colours are a little washed out.


    Kuma's newest mission is based
    on Saddam Hussein's trial

    But the game is free, so it is easy to forgive some of the graphical flaws.


    And it even works here because you would expect the deserts of Iraq and the towns of Afghanistan to be sort of washed out.


    Playing this game is like learning history or playing the "news".


    You can be a member of the Iraqi police force, trying to protect recruitment sites, police the war zone and help US forces while avoiding being attacked by fighters.


    Facts and figures

    One of the neat things about the entire project is, not only do you get to actually play these missions, but each mission has a page that sums up the events it is portraying with some facts, figures and more. This gives each level a unique context.

    For instance, Kuma's newest mission is based on the Saddam Hussein trial as it attempts to recreate the events of Saddam's alleged mass execution of villagers in the Iraqi town of Dujail.

    In this mission, users enter the Iraqi town of Dujail on the day Saddam purportedly ordered the attack that resulted in the public execution of 143 villagers on charges of trying to assassinate him, the deaths of 15 other citizens and the imprisonment of more than 1500 suspects.

    "What sets us apart is that our audience actually gets to participate, experiencing the news - and perhaps news yet-to-come - in free, playable simulations utilising advanced game technology"

    Keith Halper, 

    Kuma Reality Games CEO

    For military strategists, there is a mission where you can execute a military strike on Iran's nuclear facility.


    This is truly a new way to look at news, and could be a great tool for teaching children about the conflicts in the Middle East.


    In a press release, Halper said: "Kuma's overarching mission is to reinvent broadcast television using video game technology.



    With US Attacks Iran, we follow the lead of networks like The History Channel and Discovery in bringing news headlines to life with speculative re-creations.


    "What sets us apart is that our audience actually gets to participate, experiencing the news - and perhaps news yet-to-come - in free, playable simulations utilising advanced game technology."

    SOURCE: Agencies


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