Recent War Sparks War Games

The war in Iraq may still be raging in one form or another, but that hasn’t stopped a video game company from developing a title using footage and scenarios from the latest Gulf conflict.

Kuma Reality Games is reportedly developing Kuma: War, a game that will integrate video footage shot by news organizations during the Iraq war as well as video shot by U.S. troops in combat action.

Mirroring a cable news segment, players will be introduced to game chapters with a news-style report of a hot-spot complete with the type of ex-military brass briefings viewers saw on CNN and MSNBNC during the war. Among others, a former ABC News producer and retired Marine Corp. general will serve as content producer for the game.

A company spokesman says Kuma: War will let consumers “play the news.” They could, for example, get a first-person perspective experience of what it was like to rescue Army Pvt. Jessica Lynch or participate in the bunker raid that killed Uday and Qusay Hussein.

A subscription component of the game will let consumers keep it up to date with news events. The first PC game will come with as many as a dozen missions for a suggested retail price of $40.