Church of England accuses Sony of using English cathedral in violent computer game

The Church of England accused Sony Corp. on Saturday of using a cathedral in Britain as the backdrop to a violent computer game, and said it should be withdrawn from shop shelves.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 Play-Station3 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.

A spokesman for the Church of England said a letter would be sent to Sony on Monday, and that if the church's request for an apology and withdrawal of the game was not met it would consider legal action.

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TheExodus4736d ago

What kind of legal action can a building take when it's likeness is used without it's permission. But then again how does one go about getting a building to sign a consent form?

Diselage4736d ago

Since people own the building, one could argue that person owns the rights to how that building is depicted.

cartman3134736d ago (Edited 4735d ago )

God I can't stand religion.

@Jaydesi - It's a freakin building. It would be different if they took a pic of YOU and put it in a game where you get shot to hell and back. It's nothing but bricks and glass!! Also, it has everything to do with religion. They are offended because it's a church. If they actually followed the bible they would just shrug it off. I stand by my statement, religion is nothing but a group of hypocrites they should all go drown in a lake.

jaydesi4736d ago

It's got f**kall to do with religion u prat!

if i took a picture of you and plastered it on TV wthout asking ur permission, you'd be up in arms saying "wtf u never had permission to use my pic for your TV programme i'm gona sue you."

brand labels are the same, you can't advertise them unless you have the permission too.

you need to have permission end of story.

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emptiness4735d ago

yes, your opinion is so significant. especially when it's discriminatory and bullheaded. note the sarcasm. i'll pray for you.

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VirtualGamer4736d ago (Edited 4736d ago )

Wow a game where your playing a US soldier defending England from aliens and part of that is fighting them in the Manchester Cathedral is an afront to the Church of England.

Their facts are incorrect as well since they say a shootout between rival gunmen with hundreds of people killed inside the cathedral. First its not a shootout of rival gunmen. Its a shootout between US soldiers and aliens. 100's of aliens die not people. See your playing the role of trying to save England and if that requires killing aliens in the Manchester Cathedral so be it. Unless the church is saying they would like to be known as a safe haven for aliens bent on the distruction of mankind.

BIadestarX4736d ago

"US soldiers and aliens"... But what if the aliens are catholic too? Are you aproving the death of aliens? Rasist! How can you aprove the death of aliens? How about their children and families?

emptiness4735d ago

true but that's not the point. the point is that sony is once again undermining morality and showing their disregard for the proper respect ANY religion deserves. by re-creating the cathedral in a game without the consent of the proper figure heads, sony again portrays itself as arrogant. they just can't do anything right these days.

castlerock4735d ago

F in Hell, I think are are two reasons to disaprove of all this US bollocks:

1. Manchester Cathederal is Older than the United States, christ my local pub is older than the united states (Built: 1409).

2. Would you realy trust US soldiers with saving anything? - I mean come on "Friendly Fire" or "Incompetence" as we call it just wouldn't cut it.

Thank christ the game is fictional - LOL

BIadestarX4736d ago

What will Sony fans do if their best game is pull from the street? What will Sony do?

I don't think it will ever happen... lets hope that the pope does not condem the purchase of PS3. LOL.

More bad press for Sony... again..

gerth6664736d ago

iv heard the pope is an xbox 360 fanboy!

Satanas4736d ago

No, he plays the Wii. It has the least M rated games, and it's all white and holy. And cheap.

castlerock4735d ago


The Pope is the head of the Catholic Church.

The Church of England was created by Henry the VIII (thats 8th to you) coz he couldn't divorce his wife under catholic law - so he said nob off and created the Church of England.

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