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New first-person shooter allows users to kill Osama bin Laden...again

Only days after the death of Osama bin Laden, Kuma Games has announced that it is giving PC gamers the chance to pull the trigger that killed the world's most wanted terrorist again and again. 

Osama bin Laden was the founder of the al-Qaeda organization, which launched several mass-casualty attacks against military and civilian targets including the September 11 attacks on the United States in 2001. On May 1, 2011 (May 2 according to Pakistan Standard Time), U.S. President Barack Obama announced that bin Laden had been killed by a team of 20-25 U.S. Navy SEALS from the Naval Special Warfare Development Group. 

Now, computer game developer Kuma Games is releasing a PC title called "Kuma\War Episode #107: The Death of Osama bin Laden," which allows users to experience the pursuit and the killing of bin Laden firsthand through a virtual shooting game. 

As you might expect, the firsthand shooter in the game is a U.S. Navy SEAL who travels to Abbottabad, Pakistan to break into bin Laden's mansion. Users must first kill the guards before coming face-to-face with bin Laden himself in the historical battle that took place just days ago.

This isn't Kuma's first reality computer game. In 2005, Kuma released a game that allows users to kill Saddam Hussein. In addition, previous "Kuma War" titles have featured battles in Pakistan and Afghanistan.  

Kuma may get some adverse reactions to the bin Laden title, though. Other games, such as "Medal of Honor," initially received criticism due to its themes associated with Taliban fighters. Also, "Call of Duty: Black Ops" was criticized because of its option to assassinate Fidel Castro. 

There are also differing views of the legality of bin Laden's death in recent blogs and news reports, as well as people with issues regarding the ethical/spiritual side of killing the terrorist leader. But overall, many have welcomed the death of bin Laden. 

In response to those who have criticized video games that depict real events, Kuma has said that the games are not made to mock these world events or demean what the military has worked hard to accomplish everyday. 

"At Kuma, we are sensitive and respectful of American and coalition soldiers and the sacrifices they are making every day," said Keith Halper, Kuma CEO. "We hope that by telling their stories with such a powerful medium that we enable the American public to gain a better appreciation of the conflicts and the dangers they face." 

"Kuma\War Episode #107: The Death of Osama bin Laden" will be released this Saturday.

Personally, I don't see the harm in pulling the virtual trigger at the virtual bin Laden. Some reports question whether the U.S. military did the right thing by killing bin Laden when he was allegedly unarmed, but I'm unquestionably for the U.S. victory that the military has worked to achieve for years now. Would I go out of my way to play Kuma's bin Laden killing spree game? Possibly, but only out of curiosity. I'm not against its release, but I don't need to play it in order to understand or feel apart of what happened. 

What do you think? Is the game a way of capitalizing on the event, or are critics too sensitive? 

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I think the critics need to shut the hell up.
By CrazyBernie on 5/4/2011 8:57:04 AM , Rating: 3
This was an event ten years in the making.

By Azethoth on 5/5/2011 4:23:30 PM , Rating: 5
Personally I want to play the burial simulator. I am thinking a nice bacon wrap followed by a 30 minute deep fry, then into a wood chipper for an artistic scattering at sea.

By priusone on 5/4/2011 8:55:34 PM , Rating: 2
IMO, you should first fly into Pakistan while evading radar detection, so the Paki's don't have time to warn Osama. Then you touchdown, kill the guards, and so on.

By Beavermatic on 5/4/2011 11:46:02 PM , Rating: 2
On one of the anniversary of the day he was shot. I think that was like 8 years ago or so, but it let you reenact shooting JFK in his open top ride, and there was actually a prize involved if you could reenact it to the most logical method. Forget who made it, but made a big stink on the news, was free for download.

By Indianapolis on 5/7/2011 11:47:21 PM , Rating: 2
I'd hate to be the poor programmer who has to write all the patches to keep the game consistent with each day's latest version of events coming out of the White House!

Poor taste
By icanhascpu on 5/4/11, Rating: -1
RE: Poor taste
By Motoman on 5/4/2011 9:57:40 AM , Rating: 2
I don't think it's a game for kids.

I think if anything, it will keep players remember "those people's sacrifice."

At any rate, it's a real world thing that happened, as you noted. How many WWII games are out there? Or Vietnam?

Sure, there will be people who are offended. They can choose not to buy the game. Everyone is offended by something...

RE: Poor taste
By therealnickdanger on 5/4/2011 2:05:18 PM , Rating: 2
My thoughts exactly. One of my favorite games of old was Wolfenstein and I thoroughly enjoyed killing Hitler over and over. There's nothing wrong with expressing gratification or elation at the destruction of evil.

RE: Poor taste
By Flunk on 5/4/2011 11:59:46 AM , Rating: 2
And you have a right to that opinion. But it doesn't mean the game should be banned. This is exactly why the principle of free speech exists. To protect unpopular and controversial ideas.

RE: Poor taste
By kattanna on 5/4/2011 12:12:22 PM , Rating: 2
This is in really poor taste. This is real life, not a game. People have died getting this finally done for us, and now some company wants to make it into a fun game kids can laugh about forgetting those peoples sacrifice? How horrible and desensitized we've become

yet.. its all good fun nowadays when its killing nazis?

cause thats ok?

RE: Poor taste
By Motoman on 5/5/2011 12:01:00 PM , Rating: 2 long as they're zombie Nazis.

RE: Poor taste
By Azethoth on 5/5/2011 4:25:30 PM , Rating: 2
also steam powered zombie nazis

RE: Poor taste
By FITCamaro on 5/4/2011 7:38:05 PM , Rating: 2
I hope someone makes a CoD map of this with better graphics and gameplay.

RE: Poor taste
By stm1185 on 5/4/2011 7:56:53 PM , Rating: 2
I think Cartman says it best: "Yeah, hippie. Go back to Woodstock if you don't want to shoot anything."

RE: Poor taste
By therealnickdanger on 5/5/2011 3:13:58 PM , Rating: 2
Just insert a Slayer CD and it will drive them all away.

RE: Poor taste
By augiem on 5/4/2011 9:26:59 PM , Rating: 1

While Obama was still giving his speech Sunday night, I said I'll bet some game company was already working on it. That and a bunch of producers are all making phone calls lining up movies.With photos of the compound out the next day, I was sure of it.

It's like throwing raw meat into a pit full of hyenas.

RE: Poor taste
By Azethoth on 5/5/2011 4:26:29 PM , Rating: 2
Mmm, delicious carpaccio!

RE: Poor taste
By icanhascpu on 5/11/2011 7:27:58 PM , Rating: 1

People that rated me down to -1, you make me sick. We should not be celebrating and enjoying his death, we should be remembering and mourning those lost. Have some humility or you risk becoming what you hate.

RE: Poor taste
By youdope on 5/12/2011 8:45:14 AM , Rating: 3
I'm pretty sure America has been remembering and mourning those we lost since 9/11/01.

Always remember

Does that ring a bell? America has gone through a tough time every since that date and myself and million of other people mourn and pray for what we lost everyday and I believe it's about time we get to celebrate an accomplishment. Stop hating just because we're happy that a terrorist is dead.

RE: Poor taste
By kyleb2112 on 5/21/2011 9:59:48 PM , Rating: 2
A safe, simulated environment where you can get back at the bastard who hurt you--no value in that? Hell, I'm surprised some psychologist hasn't commissioned this before now.

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