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 KumaWar 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 KumaWar mission.
The mission entitled, ‘Baghdad Convoy' will feature Ross and comrades as 3D game characters and in the video news show, which accompanies every KumaWar 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 KumaWar "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 KumaWar website: www.kumawar.com/Promotions/maximsummary.php.