Summary Box: Game maker linked to US prisoner

THE LINK: An American sentenced to death by the Iranian government is linked to a small New York company specializing in video games that recreate real-life conflicts.

ABOUT THE GAMES: “Kuma(backslash)War” games come in short, 10- to 15-minute episodes. The scenarios are usually nabbed from the news, and like documentary films, they seek to be as accurate as possible in chronicling real-life situations.

SOME EXAMPLES: Kuma Games makes “Assault on Iran,” about the country’s nuclear ambitions. In other games, players can simulate events such as the killing of Osama Bin Laden, Afghan air strikes or the death of Moammar Gadhafi.