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Sony v The Church of England

It’s not very often that a game hits the front pages of the BBC Online News site but Resistance: Fall of Man has managed to do it, and I’m sure you will be surprised to know that it’s not good news.

The Church of England is considering taking legal action against Sony over the use of Manchester Cathedral in Resistance: Fall of Man. They are unhappy about an incident in the game where some soldiers battled the Chimera resulting in a few human casualties. Or to put it in The Bishop of Manchester, the Rt Revd Nigel McCulloch’s words:

It is well known that Manchester has a gun crime problem.

For a global manufacturer to re-create one of our great cathedrals with photo-realistic quality and then encourage people to have guns battles in the building is beyond belief and highly irresponsible.

They also claim Sony didn’t seek permission to use the Cathedral, something a Sony spokesman denies:

It is entertainment, like Doctor Who or any other science fiction. It is not based on reality at all. Throughout the whole process we have sought permission where necessary.

Erm…OK. 😐 I can see how a Sci Fi heavy game set in the early 1950s where an Alien race known as Chimera invaded Earth, with a few hundred soldiers left in England to try and stop the Chimeran invasion (before the Americans save our arses yet again), will encourage people to have gun battles in Manchester Cathedral. 🙄

They may have an issue with Sony if they failed to get proper permission to use Manchester Cathedral but they are way off the mark if they think Resistance will encourage people to start having gun battles in the Cathedral.

Sony v Church of England

EDIT: Sony responds:

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe is aware of the concerns expressed by the Bishop of Manchester and the Cathedral authorities about the use of Manchester Cathedral in the game Resistance: Fall of Man, and we naturally take their concerns very seriously.

Resistance: Fall of Man is a fantasy science fiction game and is not based on reality. The game is set in an alternate and mythical version of Europe in the 1950s, in which the enemy are strange looking alien invaders seeking to destroy humanity.

Whilst we believe that we have sought and received all permissions necessary for the creation of the game, we will be contacting the Cathedral authorities in order to better understand their concerns in more detail.

Sony issues response to CoE

Here is the video of the BBC News report