Resistance Cathedral Scene Causes Row

In news that can only rear its head thanks to a slow news day some bishop, that probably has better things to do, has today, two months after the games release, found out that part of Resistance: Fall Of Man takes places in a Manchester Cathedral. In fact ‘part’ may be too strong of a word as only a miniscule 5 minutes of the games 15 hour run takes place in the building. Unfortunately once again the mass media is not taking notice of this fact and painting a very one sided story. For example Sky News are now running a story titled ‘Anger At Sony Church Game,’ which seems to hint they are one of the many outlets that have done very little research before running the story.

However it gets worse as many other outlets are running pieces which tell readers that “Resistance: Fall of Man, shows a virtual shootout between rival gunmen with hundreds of people killed inside the cathedral.” Now in case you have not played the game this ‘brilliant‘ reporting is also a little bit wrong as all you shoot at while in the Cathedral are two enemies called Hybrid’s (which are aliens) and a few dozen Leapers (which are also aliens, although these ones look very buglike).

The bishop in question for bringing this to our attention is the Very Rev. Rogers Govender, the dean of Manchester Cathedral. When question on the game he said “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. 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 guns battles in the building is beyond belief and highly irresponsible.

Sony have also spoken out on the matter with David Wilson, a Sony spokesman saying “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.

Now, while I concur with the bishop in regards to the stress caused to many people due to the gun problems seen recently in that part of the country pointing the finger at part of a game and then blowing things out of all proportions is not going to help solve the problem. Infact it could be seen by many as taking the easy way out of addressing the gun problem and could even result in doing more harm than good.

Off course now that the game is all over the media you are no doubt considering picking it up – if you have not got it already – so why not read our review to see if it is worth it. Then you can watch in amazement as it the title shoots into the charts next week just as sales were cooling of which is that exact opposite of what the Very Rev. Rogers Govender wanted.