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06. 11. 2007

Playstation 3 game irks Church of England


The Church of England has locked horns with Sony apparently, over the usage of Manchester cathedral as a backdrop for its latest Playstation 3 game titled “Resistance: Fall of Man”.

According to the news item on Forbes.com :

The popular new PlayStation 3 game, "Resistance: Fall of Man," shows a virtual shootout between rival gunmen with hundreds of people killed inside the cathedral. Church officials described Sony's alleged use of the building as "sick" and sacrilegious.

The church has demanded an apology from Sony for not seeking prior permission to use the church as a backdrop. Apparently, it expects withdrawal of the computer game from shop shelves, failing which it has threatened to take the electronics giant to court.

Meanwhile, there have been different reactions from Sony’s spokespersons. Even as Sony spokesperson Amy Lake told The Associated Press on Saturday that their official statement would come only after completion of their internal investigation into the matter, spokesperson David Wilson defended Sony, stating not only that is the footage is game-generated, but also that Sony had sought prior permission wherever "required." And well, the tug-of-war continues . . .

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Via Forbes Online

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Ken [TypeKey Profile Page]:

Unfortunately, it doesn't appear that the Church of England has much knowledge of the game, Resistance: Fall of Man, before levelling allegations at it. They've been getting a fair amount of coverage on gaming websites and on Sony's Gamer Advisory Panel (GAP).

In Resistance: Fall of Man, the Manchester Cathedral appears for all of 3 minutes as you're ambushed by the Chimera when playing standalone. When playing multiplayer, it's one location on a very large map. Either way, it's not "between rival gunmen with hundreds of people killed" nor is there any intent to slander or defame the cathedral.

The game has been out since the launch of the PS3 last year. The Church of England is a little late to the party, and fairly misinformed. With Insomnia Games being incorporated in California, Sony Computer Entertainment of America (SCEA) being in the US, and Sony being in Japan, I don't see how any of those involved are beholden to British law or the Church of England?

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