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The "Kill Osama bin Laden" video game from Kuma

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Published on May 9, 2011

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For the lazy folks, heres the quote:

It's been just over a week since Osama bin Laden was assassinated by a team of elite US Navy SEALS, but now it's possible for you take a shot at the world's most wanted terrorist yourself in a new online video.

Using publicly released information about the raid, online gaming company Kuma Games has re-created the mission to kill bin Laden and used it as the plot for the latest episode of its Kuma War game, a free online war game that models its missions on real-world war events that are reported in the news.

Their commitment to providing an authentic experience sees the developers at Kuma working with military veterans and returning soldiers to re-create war events for their online games, which have featured everything from the capture of Saddam Hussein to the Iran hostage crisis, to Vietnam and WWII battles. The Osama episode, number 107 of the series, will likely be the last as it provides a neat end to the storyline.

"Since we have to reproduce events in 3D we care deeply about esoteric details like distances, heights, vegetation, furniture and the like that have to be re-created in the game. Sounds — dogs barking, helicopters orbits, pyrotechnics — those are important too," Kuma Games CEO Keith Halper told The Hollywood Reporter.

"It's all available in the public sources, and there was a tremendous amount of data released as you know, but the magic is in piecing together the details from the million little clues [in] order to create a convincing 3D environment."

Imitating the real-world scenario, game players swoop in from Black Hawk helicopters and are forced to blow one up after a malfunction. But that's where the predictability ends. Each time someone plays the episode, Osama appears in a different part of the compound, and the virtual al-Qaeda members continually change their tactics.

Halper said he believed that killing Osama in his video game would provide a way for people to obtain closure following the assignation. He described it as an "added bonus" especially seeing as President Barack Obama is refusing to release photos of the terrorist's body.

Elsewhere, the online games network Newgrounds.com has designed a simple Flash game that challenges players to Kill Osama's ghost.

Ive always wanted to blow the guys head off! /evil laugh

Download the game: http://company.kumagames.com/install....

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