History Channel in Shootout! with video firm

By Reuters

Oct 19, 2006

The History Channel has partnered with video game publisher Kuma Reality Games to coordinate the release of Kuma titles with the cable outlet's shows.

Beginning November 3 with the Season 2 launch of the History Channel series Shootout!--which examines, dissects, and re-creates some of the most famous gunbattles in history, from the Wild West to Guadalcanal to Fallujah--Kuma will release video games online simultaneously, allowing the audience to watch the show and then live the historical event by playing a 3-D game re-creation of the episode.

Kuma has created nine "game-isodes" that focus on three episodes from the TV series--World War II's Battle of the Bulge and Battle of Iwo Jima and Vietnam's Tet Offensive. The online games can be downloaded at History Channel's site or Kuma Games.

On-air promotions during Shootout! will direct users who watch the series to HistoryChannel.com, where they can download the games for free.

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  • LAURAMARIE63 Oct 23, 2006

    At least it's free (for now). When it catches on, I am sure there will be money to be made.

  • krazy4crack Oct 20, 2006

    yay video games!

  • redthor Oct 20, 2006

    I like the idea of history being teamed with video games. At least gamers will get something education in their games.