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June 9, 2007

Church annoyed at game makers

by Feòrag

England: The Church of England is upset because a video game features one of their buildings. In Resistance: Fall of Man, a shoot-out takes place inside Manchester Cathedral, a rather nondescript, mostly 19th century church, with Victorian Gothic Revival elements and a couple of 15th century bits, but otherwise nothing special.

The Church is threatening legal action, though they do not indicate on what basis, if the game is not removed from the shops.

Church attacks Sony over video gameThe Guardian, 9th June 2007.

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Posted in Church and State at 11:44. Last modified on June 09 2007 at 11:53.
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1: Posted by: Thomas | June 10, 2007 11:35 PM

This cannot stand up in court.

I don't see how it's possible to have intellectual property exclusivity over a landmark that's hundreds of years old.

The excuses some people find to whine.

2: Posted by: Feòrag | June 11, 2007 6:57 AM

What's even more bizarre, with the church babbling on about sacrilege, is that many of the churches in that diocese were built to glorify war.

3: Posted by: BJ | June 14, 2007 9:37 AM

I think SONY should pay up - after all, if the church wants to benefit from the royalties of a violent game then why not? Perhaps they should write their own game - Spanish Inquisition: The Reckoning, or maybe (and with reference to another recent story) Evolution: Fall of Man.

4: Posted by: Feòrag | June 14, 2007 12:42 PM

Other Christians have suggested that the Church's approach is completely the wrong one, and have suggested a more positive approach - use the publicity to promote peace, challenge gun crime etc., rather than wasting money on legal challenges which stand little chance of success.

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