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Church of England seeks to remove Resistance from shop shelves

The Church of England today has stated that if Sony do not remove Resistance: Fall of Man from the shelves then it will consider legal action. The Church is outraged at Insomniac's inclusion of the nave of Manchester Cathedral in the game. More specifically, that they "encourage people to have guns battles in the building." Why the C of E have chosen now, seven months after its original release and two months since it was made available in Europe, is a mystery.

The worry seems to be that people will assume that shooting a gun within the cathedral is "acceptable" and try to emulate it in real life. Or that it will act as a catalyst to increase the already present gun-crime problem in the city. The Church of England seems to have the idea that Resistance "
shows a virtual shoot-out in the cathedral's nave in which hundreds of soldiers are killed". This is only true if you consider crawling Chimera beasties as "soldiers." The cathedral section is a very small fraction of the entire game, lasting only 20 minutes, if that. It contains only alien enemies, as the rest of the game does, and includes no cutscenes or story elements which show a single human death.

Sony have yet to officially respond to the Church but a spokesman told the Times newspaper that "
It is entertainment, like Doctor Who or any other science fiction. It is not based on reality at all." He also states that permission was sought when necessary, throughout the entire development process. Funny that they mention Doctor Who, considering the recent episode which ended with a man transforming into a monster and chasing his victims through Southwark Cathedral before being killed. We wonder if we'll see a battle to get those DVDs removed from shelves, once they're released.

[Thanks to everyone who told us about this]

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1. What is every company (MetLife aka GetaLife), Church, and even the city of New York going to say when the new Grand Theft Auto comes out?

Posted at 6:46PM on Jun 9th 2007 by Josh

2. before anybody says anything, i'd like to point out that the Church of England and the Catholic Church are two different churches. i dont like ignorant bashing.

Posted at 7:01PM on Jun 9th 2007 by nawtyeravgjoe

3. That's just ridiculous.
They would have to remove the Resident Evil 4 copies from shelves too, as there are images from a church, where half-zombies appear and try to kill a little girl using flame arrows. U_______U

Posted at 7:18PM on Jun 9th 2007 by Lucas

4. As I said in another thread, I hope this backfires to the church of england with a little bit of hate crimes against them. Not specifically signed by Sony fans or anything, simply by anyone as karma payment. You know, just for spite and schadenfreude.

Posted at 7:25PM on Jun 9th 2007 by bootsielon

5. I Wonder why they dont like the free advertising?

I dont think it encourages people to go shoot up churches, it does however encourage people to kill monsters in monster infested churches

Posted at 7:42PM on Jun 9th 2007 by sam-evans

6. R:FoM is just a game, and the people who play it should (and, for the mostpart, do) know the difference between fantasy and reality. The people who seem to have a problem understanding the difference are The Church of Englad.

You're advocating hate crimes against the church? It's people like you who give us gamers a bad image. You are an asshole.

Posted at 7:47PM on Jun 9th 2007 by Tom

7. Boots your comment are utterly outrageous...Is it okay to commit crimes just because someone or something disagrees with you??? I don't have any idea what person you are but those comments are unbelievable.

Posted at 8:29PM on Jun 9th 2007 by acedoh

8. @ #4 what the F is wrong with you? that's exactly the kind of pimple faced, no life having, asshole comment that people use as ammunition against gamers. the Church doesn't want the building in the game because they're afraid it promotes violence and you go right ahead and fall right into it. stupid dick.

Posted at 8:33PM on Jun 9th 2007 by a.j.

9. Thought i recognised the church but passed it off as ignorance because 'they all look the same' ;) Used to work about 100m behind the Cathedral and drink 100m infront of it :)
Its quality being able to whoop monster-butt in familiar scenary (Manchester area, rather than the church, almost certainly the only time i'll ever go in there!!)

Its interesting that the C of E is happy for the killings to go on everywhere else, but not inside there little sacred buildings. If its done in a church then it means people might copy that, but if its copied outside the church there not fussy?
I really dont see as they have a hope in hell, but as with everyone else thats tried they'll fail and the gaming community will see how pathetic some people perceive their innocent gaming pleasures.

Posted at 9:22PM on Jun 9th 2007 by P

10. @P: Some people think the church is "holy ground" or something like that. It's part of the reason I hate religion, but that's another matter. (If there was a "God" every ground would be "holy ground")

Look at some of the games and movies out right now. (Most vampire movies, Highlander, even Oblivion...) The Church seems to be invincible to violence and can even somehow avoid a fiery inferno capable of melting stone and buildings around the church (yet somehow it remains unscathed) and remains perfectly safe to attack. It instills false hope in a building that would fall just like any other building (perhaps quicker and even more deadly with all the elaborate works) in the face of a disaster. Then again, most religion is all about instilling false hope, so I guess I can see where they are coming from.

Posted at 11:39PM on Jun 9th 2007 by Andir3.0

The Church of England should focus their time on resolving the thousands of lawsuits brought against them by former Alter Boys.

Posted at 12:46AM on Jun 10th 2007 by Breeze

12. Dare I say 'amen' to both the above ;)

Stupid thing is, with nonsense like this there pathetic claim/potential (failed) lawsuit has a higher chance of making me want to track down a gun and fire off a few rounds in there than R:FoM would ever have done hehe

What I dont get is they seem to feel they have a devine right that should mean Sony or anyone else could possibly use the building in their game. If it was private property or had any legal grounds to stop such from taking place then they'd have a leg to stand on, and im sure had they attempted to infest Old Trafford with zombies (asside from the daytrippers) then the club would have come down hard on Sony. I could be wrong, but sounds like it has the makings of an ideal way to waste the donations of church-going folk to me.

Posted at 1:55AM on Jun 10th 2007 by P

13. Jem or Nick, you need to ban bootseilon and remove his msg... I dislike organized religion, but that is the single dumbest fucking thing I've ever seen on any of these blogs.

Posted at 2:40AM on Jun 10th 2007 by vizunary

14. Get over it man, it was just a comment, and although distasteful, i found it funny.

Posted at 7:57AM on Jun 10th 2007 by Naaiif

15. hahaha
ok then, next time a bunch of aliens invade earth, i'll take care to advoid fighting them in a church

Posted at 9:35AM on Jun 10th 2007 by Ubermonkey

16. lol. this is really funny. obviously this isnt the first game or movie that involves violence in an actual place and this is the first time anyone has ever complained. What about the 7 grand theft auto's or the 3 call of duties which also include war scenes and killings of humans in real churches???

Posted at 10:57AM on Jun 10th 2007 by nick

17. (tears form as he looks down at his modified m4 assault rifle in his right hand, then looks down at a plane ticket to Manchester England clenched in his left hand. Tears streak down his face as he drops them both and runs crying to his room.) They Burst My Bubble!!! I wanted to shoot aliens in historical british buildings! :(

Posted at 12:01PM on Jun 10th 2007 by Kr155

18. 1st of all, bootsielon was making a joke, get over it

secondly, the church of england are just making twats of themselves. theres no way sony would take rfom of the shelves (they know its a major selling point of the ps3) and theres even less way they would win in court (think about it lol)

ok so theyr unhappy with this section of the game but thers rli nothing they can do about it. best bet would be to keep their mouths shut lol

Posted at 1:39PM on Jun 10th 2007 by John

19. So, basically the church is against having guns in church, but mutant aliens enslaving mankind is okay?

Posted at 1:43PM on Jun 10th 2007 by OMAC

20. @ John

First of all advocating hate crimes isn't a joke. Quite honestly, all someone has to do is perform such an act and then point the finger back to this blog and his comment and the chances of a very valid lawsuit are very real.

Boot is an ignorant, disengenius, radical fanboy that need to grow up and realize what is acceptable and what isn't.

Posted at 2:42PM on Jun 10th 2007 by WebMaster

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