Video game features real life GI Joe's

Video game features real life GI Joe's

A $20 billion gaming industry sits right here in Huntsville.

America's Army is a computer game designed to help recruit and train for the Army.

Today, a real life GI Joe featured in the game was in Huntsville.

WAFF 48's Robyn Mcglohn has the story.

It's a virtual experience of life on the front lines, a game for educating, recruiting, and training soldiers.

But it's not just any game.

It's America's Army.

"It's the official US Army game," says Frank Blackwell.

Tuesday, software engineers showed off a creation: a virtual portal to the army.

"We have over 8.5 million registered users, we have about 2 million missions played everyday," says Blackwell.

And every day, it's these guys that get to create and/or tweak those missions.

Managed right here in Huntsville, it serves two basic purposes...recruitment and training.

Those controllers, cameras, and guns are actually what's used to train soldiers for war.

For Sergeant Tommy Rieman, he understands the importance.

"You have no idea of what we're going to go through, and afterwards you're going to have a small realm of what we do," says Rieman.

Stepping up the plate, I aimed to know what it's like as a soldier, one like Rieman who just recently became a real life GI Joe.

"The action figure represents my action in combat," says Rieman.

He's one of 5 America's Army real heroes.

He's featured in the game, soon to be featured on store shelves.

"It's basically to tell our story and put a face on a soldier," says Rieman.

Soldiers, who might take their skills from the living room to the front line.