Call Of Duty: The Journey of the Real Man behind Modern Warfare’s Ronin

Published 04/28/2020, 5:02 PM EDT


On April 21, Infinity Ward greeted us with the introduction of Daniel “Ronin” Shinoda to the Call Of Duty community. His in-game description is of an Ex-Special Forces Operator recruited by Warcom under the banner of Coalition. From multiple fighting systems and unconventional warfare to internal defense and special reconnaissance, Ronin is a jack of all trades.

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While Ronin is a virtual badass, the real man behind his inspiration is Tu Lam. He was a Special Forces Operator for the United States Army and conducted numerous operations. Today, Tu Lam joined Activision in an interview to discuss his service life, post-military life, how he inspired Ronin, and much more.

Retired Master Sergeant Tu Lam is the Real Ronin.

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On April 28, Activision Games Blog shared an interview of Retired Master Sergeant Tu Lam with us. He was born on December 17th, 1974 in the city of Saigon, Vietnam. Detailing the impact the fall of Saigon in 1975 had on his journey from Vietnam to North Carolina, he also elaborated its struggles.

Eventually, he went on to enlist in the US Army and conducted multiple operations at the border of Mexico and the jungles of South America. Later, he endured the physically and mentally demanding assessment selection program and went on to serve in the Special Forces for 14 years.

The retired Master Sergeant then spoke of how the desire of a child born in a war to find inner-peace inspired him to create his own company named Ronin Tactics Inc. The company travels across the US providing multiple weapons and tactics training to significant police departments and military units. Tu Lam described how living by the Bushido Code; he became the modern-day Ronin.

Real Ronin says he’s honored to be a part of Call Of Duty Modern Warfare

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Retired Master Sergeant Tu Lam said when Infinity Ward reached out to him, it was one of the best emails he received. The developers collaborated with him to capture his motions, edged weapons, and gun movements for Ronin’s role. While speaking of his in-game finishing move, the ex-Special Forces Operator said: “It is extremely badass.”

Infinity Ward was looking for something unique and authentic. So he enacted Ronin’s movements, including the entire finishing move through performance capture. The developers also scanned his face and body to implement in the game.

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Finally, the former soldier spoke of Call of Duty’s popularity around the world, and in the military. He concluded by mentioning the game presents morale and stress relief to the deployed soldiers.

You can read Activision’s full interview with the ex-Special Forces Operator posted by Activision Games Blog by clicking here.

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Souhardya Biswas

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Souhardya Biswas is an eSports writer for EssentiallySports. He joined the organisation in 2020, wanting to explore the sphere of professional eSports journalism. His passion for gaming started with titles like GTA San Andreas, Far Cry 2, Modern Warfare 2, FIFA 09, eventually developing an interest in Battle Royale games like PUBG and Apex Legends.

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