Gaming headset manufacturer Turtle Beach has attempted to send a Kiwi gamer to Iraq as part of a promotional campaign.
24-year-old Phil, also known as StatiC, will get "the experience of a lifetime" as he appears in a series of five videos charting his progress towards the Iraqi border.
The promotion, dubbed "Turtle Beach: Mission 'Iraq'", was organised by the company's New Zealand distributor, Fiveight.
"Gamers play in virtual warzones every day and night, and they want the immersive feeling of combat," says Fiveight’s Ben Ward, "so we thought we’d take that experience one step further. They want a real experience? Turtle Beach can give it to them.
"We needed to show a tough, discerning market that Turtle Beach gaming headsets don’t just make the gaming experience sound real - it feels real. As StatiC is about to find out - it won’t get any more real than this."
Hopefully he gets back with all his limbs intact.