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Sony sued…by the Church of England?

Sony has not had much luck over the past couple of years, with a lawsuit related to its rumble technology hitting hard and the recent Blu-ray copyright breach fiasco shaking the company considerably. Now, though, it seems it has upset the Church of England as well!

Over on the BBC’s UK website there is a report regarding how the Church of England is currently considering whether or not to take legal action against Sony after the inside of Manchester Cathedral was depicted without permission in Resistance: Fall of Man, the extremely popular (selling over a million units worldwide already), but highly violent war-related PlayStation 3 launch title. However, Sony has stated it thought it already had all the required permissions to use the location…

“Sony Computer Entertainment Europe is aware of the concerns expressed by the Bishop of Manchester and the cathedral authorities… and we naturally take the concerns very seriously. Resistance: Fall of Man is a fantasy science fiction game and is not based on reality. We believe we have sought and received all permissions necessary for the creation of the game.”
- A company statement in response to the allegations.

Despite this, and the fact that Sony was set to talk with cathedral authorities yesterday “to understand their concerns in more detail,” the Church has demanded an official apology and requested that the game be completely removed from retailers across the country, or else legal action with be forthcoming.

Insomniac's million-selling Resistance: Fall of Man

Considering Manchester’s history of gun crime, the decision to feature the city’s cathedral has been deemed “highly irresponsible”:

“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. Here in Manchester we do all we can to support communities through our parish clergy. We know the reality of gun crime and the devastating effects it can have on lives. It is not a trivial matter.”
- The Bishop of Manchester, the Right Reverend Nigel McCulloch.

“We are shocked to see a place of learning, prayer and heritage being presented to the youth market as a location where guns can be fired. This is an important issue. For many young people these games offer a different sort of reality and seeing guns in Manchester Cathedral is not the sort of connection we want to make. Every year we invite hundreds of teenagers to come and see the cathedral and it is a shame to have Sony undermining our work.”
- The Dean of Manchester Cathedral, the Very Reverend Rogers Govender.

Obviously the reports have stirred up all sorts of controversy, especially amongst resident of Manchester, such as Patsy McKie, from Mothers Against Violence, who sadly was faced with her son being killed in the Northern UK city. McKie believes that it is time to stand up to the creators of such horrific video games, thinking that both the Church and parents themselves should take the whole situation far more seriously, since “There’s a war going on - not just in Iraq, but right here on our doorstep.”

Sony, however, has retaliated with the fact that 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”. And David Wilson, a Sony spokesman, has spoken out in the newspaper The Times, stating: “It is game-created footage, it is not video or photography. 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.”

If action is taken on the legal side, you have to wonder just where this will all end… the Church of England? digg:Sony the Church of England? newsvine:Sony the Church of England? reddit:Sony the Church of England? fark:Sony the Church of England? Y!:Sony the Church of England? gamegrep:Sony the Church of England?

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Comment by The_Glovner on 2007-06-12 11:22:55 | Reply

Amusing, to be honest though it ain’t difficult to piss of the Church of England, they are just as thick as any of the deep south christian hicks.

I’ve done a long post about this story today on our blog with a look at the legal issues. The post is at http://impact.freethcartw...7/06/church_of_engla.html

Comment by Lotus 111s on 2007-06-12 12:18:10 | Reply

This is laughable, photo realistic my arse is it. Oh and the Aliens in it look so much like the people who go to said church. Utter madness next thing is a software company getting sued because they made a game were you drive down a real life street above the speed limit and that might make everyone who plays it want to recreate it.

What a sad little planet we live on.

Comment by muffy the big hairy muff on 2007-06-12 13:37:11 | Reply

YAWN. who cares its a shit game anyway and “photo-realistic ” yeah alright, dunno what photos you been looking at!

Comment by steve on 2007-06-12 18:17:25 | Reply

this is a complete crock of shit. Let me make this clear to the church of england and everyone else that’s on this band wagon. “Reality and fantasy” if you stupid assholes and anyone else out there can tell the diffence between the two then you need to see a fucking shrink!!!!! I am so sick of this bullshit. If you really want to protect the kids and anyone else from doing something bad because they might be influenced by what they see or read then you better lock up every person on the planet in a fucking cave. Bad people do bad things and nothing makes them do it but their own stupidty. they are responsible for their own actions period!!!! Now then can we please stop this cry baby bullshit so we don’t have to worry about playing strawberry short cake video games for the rest of our lives because they are not threatening to any one!!

Comment by The_Glovner on 2007-06-13 12:00:03 | Reply

Unfortunatley your point is moot.

Christians cannot tell the difference between fantasy and reality, that is essentially what allows them to be christians in the first place.

Comment by Hahaha on 2007-06-12 21:14:38 | Reply

HAHAHA, Sony bites the dust once again.

Comment by Sage on 2007-06-13 02:09:08 | Reply

The church of england is going to look bad after they fail to sue sony and resistance will only become more popular after this… The church will probably do a better job at advertising this game than sony has.PS im so tired of gaming being the “cause of crime/violence”, why dont we blame the criminals and not gaming.

Comment by coojo on 2007-06-13 02:59:22 | Reply

yay :)

Comment by steve on 2007-06-13 18:02:42 | Reply

“Christians cannot tell the difference between fantasy and reality, that is essentially what allows them to be christians in the first place.”

Wrong! Christians have nothing to do with it. It’s people, period. Our state governor has tried many, many times to put a ban on certain video games because they are too violent and will cause people to kill other people if they are playing games that do just that.
Bottom line especialy here in the states is that no one is responsible for their own actions, ever! It is always blamed on someone or something else for why they did what they did. Which like I said is a complete crock of shit. AT least it is happening globaly and not just in the states!!!

Comment by mu on 2007-06-14 06:48:07 | Reply

your governor is a christian. admit it.

Comment by The_Glovner on 2007-06-14 15:30:40 | Reply

AT LEAST!!!!! It shouldn’t be fucking happening at all and Christians are one of the groups (one of the largest) that feel they have the right to push their flawed beliefs onto other people, it is present in politics far to much and religion has no place in politics.

At the end of the day I don’t believe in any religion and as such am a better person than anybody that does, for the simple fact I am a decent person with morals purely for the point of acting in that way.

I do not have morals out of fear of being punished by a make believe invisible flying spaghetti monster (or some call him God, but just as believeable)

Comment by Lotus 111s on 2007-06-14 16:27:25 | Reply

Nail on the Head there Glovner, well put.

Comment by na on 2007-06-15 04:00:03 | Reply

yet agine sony try’s to take over the world and the church is putting them in there place

Comment by The_Glovner on 2007-06-18 14:51:20 | Reply

Fuck the church, fuck religion and fuck you.

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