We just couldn't have it. We were so close that perfect game, but someone had to ruin it. Someone just had to stand up and take a quick little leak on Sony and arise an all new flame-war against the electronics giant. This time, the Church of England is up in arms over a cut-scene in Resistance that takes place in a Cathedral and revolves around a kick-ass, violent and kick-ass shootout (yes, I intentionally noted 'kick-ass' twice).
Church officials were quick to call Sony's use of the Manchester cathedral as "sick and sacrilegious". They cite that Sony never asked for permission to use the church in the game, and that they'd be sending them a letter on Monday. If an apology and editing of the game isn't performed, the church is threatening to take legal action.
David Wilson, a Sony representative, spoke with the The London Times: "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."
The Very Rev. Rogers Govender, the dean of Manchester Cathedral, 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."
The bishop of Manchester, the Rt. Rev. Nigel McCulloch, said: "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."
Excuse me while I go laugh myself to death.