Church of England goes mental over Resistance map

The nice little outfit that Henry VIII created (yes, I am watching The Tudors right now… aren’t you?) has decided that the inclusion of Manchester Cathedral in the PS3 game Resistance – and particularly the firefight that occurs within – is “sick”.

I’ll let the dense illogic of that seep into your brain. Take a moment.

CNN’s weak-ass reportage reads thusly:

The Church of England accused Sony Corp. on Saturday of using an English cathedral as the backdrop to a violent computer game and said it should be withdrawn from shop shelves.

The church said Sony did not ask for permission to use Manchester cathedral and demanded an apology.

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 bishop of Manchester, the Rt. Rev. Nigel McCulloch, said: “It is well known that Manchester has a gun crime problem. For a global manufacturer to recreate one of our great cathedrals with photorealistic quality and then encourage people to have gunbattles in the building is beyond belief and highly irresponsible.”

So, obviously CNN has taken great pains to avoid mentioning a few things.

The first and most important point is that the game depicts a gun battle with fucking aliens. The aliens who attacked the church in the first place. Your lead character is, y’know, driving them out.

The second point is that this is nothing new in videogames… why single out Resistance, and why do it now? Eternal Darkness comes to mind. Not only are you murdering other actual humans in that game, but sometimes you do it as a monk. One also wonders what happened to the myriad “Duty of Publisher” -type WWII games, nearly every one of which features some kind of shootout in a church?

If I were Insomniac, and this threat caught any traction, I’d release a patch that changed one ceiling beam on the map and renamed it ‘Panchester Cathedral’. Then I’d tell the Reverend to go do something useful with his time.


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