Kuma\War Announces Winning "Story From The Front"
New York (Dec. 21, 2004) - Kuma Reality Games, the company that blends news coverage with interactive game technology to allow players to experience re-creations of real military events, has announced the winner from its 'Stories from the Front' contest. Many soldiers submitted true stories of heroism and intense battles but when the votes were tallied on the Kuma\War website, it was the heroic tale of James Ross, Sergeant Major, Task Force 4th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division that was chosen to be a playable Kuma\War mission.
The mission entitled, 'Baghdad Convoy' will feature Ross and comrades as 3D game characters and in the video news show, which accompanies every Kuma\War episode. The mission will re-create actual events that occurred in April 2004 in Baghdad, Iraq, as Ross and his patrol encountered three harrowing ambushes and succeeded in rescuing a Fallujah supply convoy under attack. Members of Ross' patrol received Army Commendation Medals for Valor for their actions that day.
"I was very surprised and shocked when I found out my story had won the 'Stories from the Front' contest," said James Ross. "I really owe it all to my friend Brian for submitting my story to Kuma and I'm happy to be able to share my experience with the general public so that they may have a better understanding of the rigors of combat."
James Ross is currently on active duty, stationed in Iraq, and friend Brian McCleary submitted his story to the Kuma\War "Stories from the Front" contest. Brian will also be included in the playable mission as an embedded reporter. The Baghdad Convoy mission is currently under development and is expected to be available to consumers in February.
Read James' story, Baghdad Convoy on the Kuma\War website: www.kumawar.com/Promotions/maximsummary.php.
ABOUT KUMA REALITY GAMES
Kuma Reality Games builds re-creations of real-world events using advanced gaming tools. Kuma\War is available to subscribers for free trial and download at www.kumawar.com and is also available in stores nationwide. Owners of the boxed product will also receive a free month of the Kuma\War online subscription service. Each month Kuma\War online subscribers receive new playable missions, video news shows, extensive intelligence gathered from news sources around the world, and insight from a decorated team of military veterans. Kuma\War is a first and third-person tactical squad-based military PC game that provides multiple updates monthly to the player's computer to reflect unfolding events in the real war. As of today, there are 30 playable missions online available for download, including 'John Kerry's Silver Star', the first-ever realistic re-enactment of the controversial events surrounding John Kerry's Silver Star and Vietnam service. Kuma Reality Games, headquartered in New York, New York is a privately held company.
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