Church wants Resistance off BAFTA shortlist

Dean of Manchester Cathedral demands the game be taken off awards list, calling its nomination a "disgrace."

The furore surrounding the use of Manchester Cathedral in Sony shooter Resistance: Fall of Man continues to rage, with a senior Church of England official now demanding that the game be removed from the voting process for a BAFTA award.

Resistance: Fall of Man has been shortlisted for the PC World Gamer's Award, alongside Dr Kawashima's Brain Training, FIFA 07, Football Manager 2007, Gears of War, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, and Wii Play. The award is the only gaming BAFTA award voted for by members of the public, and the shortlist is made up of the top-selling game on each platform.

The Very Reverend Rogers Govender, the Dean of Manchester Cathedral, told BBC News, "It is a disgrace that Resistance: Fall of Man has been shortlisted."

Govender added that Sony had admitted it did not have permission to film or use the likeness of Manchester Cathedral in any game. His statement continued, "BAFTA should not be seen condoning such behaviour unless they are saying it is acceptable for producers to walk into historic buildings and film interiors--ignoring contracts, rights, and liability."

Resistance: Fall of Man is a first-person shooter set in an alternative history where World War II never happened. Instead, the world is fending off an invasion from alien creatures called Chimeras. One of the levels has hero Nathan Hale battling the Chimeras inside Manchester Cathedral.

The church objected to the use of the cathedral in the game, with Bishop of Manchester Nigel McCulloch stating that it was virtual desecration, doubly "inappropriate" in light of Manchester City's gun crime problems and was "highly irresponsible."

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275 comments
Jbentkowski2
Jbentkowski2

The cathedral being shown inside the game is such a tiny little nothing of an issue that it isnt even funny. Let the church officials b*tch all they want, they are only giving the game publicity. Besides, does anyone actually give a damn how many awards a game gets? i dont know about you guys, but i either 1; Ask friends their opinion on a game. 2; Rent the game to see if i like it. or 3; Just buy the game because im already convinced i will like it. I never really pay any attention to awards.

LittleYoshi
LittleYoshi

"Gamespot: Where originality gets Banned" (Haters of the thumbs down)

KM_00
KM_00

when will the church stop **** and move on. and if the gun crime is such a problem why dont they fix it instead of dodging the issue

muthsera666
muthsera666

Public buildings are supposed to have floor plans and so forth available at the city halls, aren't they?

ukillwegrill
ukillwegrill

Meh it wouldnt win anyway GOW was alot better although resstence does have a single player WORTH playing

LittleYoshi
LittleYoshi

I was really looking forward to this nomination of Resistance: Fall of Man! Now that their taking it of the list has got me mad.......What's next Resident evil 5, then GTA4!!!!! This years awards won't be so good IF this continues!

Breackneckboy
Breackneckboy

What is the connection between Manchester's gun crime and saving the whole of Britain from certain doom?What I ask you,what? Come on,we SAVED the cathedral and killed ALIENS,we didn't DESTROY the cathedral and killed PEOPLE. Besides,its a war game,not a crime game like Grand Theft Auto!

conorkc
conorkc

I can't believe that he's still on about that? in my opinion I'd say he's sore that he didn't a cut o the royalties for the game!

hazelnutman
hazelnutman

Wow... they're still not done complaining? Didn't Sony already apologize? And besides, this game totally deserves the nomination.

Serchant
Serchant

omg again england??? comon, i read soo much things that england are trying to spoil for ppl jeez! -_-

bihboy69
bihboy69

sony: "wow, this bishop guy is giving resistance free publicity" i wonder if the bishop has realised that yet...

smith447
smith447

lol give me a break. who cares? seriously, people make such a big deal about such little things that dont matter.

Range_Finder
Range_Finder

Its the usual, people who dont play games complaining and trying to ruin the enjoyment of those that do, just like those sad empty lived half-wits who complain about violent computer games 'influencing' children and crazy people to do bad things.

BradW92
BradW92

Another sad sign of this countries's disgusting liberalism, and political correctness, you cant even call someone black wihtout being called racist, its disgraceful...

Jagzthebest
Jagzthebest

Britain .Britain. Britain. How annoying is this getting for me. A lot. I live in the UK and I have had enough. Seems like I will move to America when I'm older. This news, coupled with the fact that Manhunt 2 has been rejected yet again, and stinky pub places full of chavs is taking its toll. Obviously the country is not that bad, but there are also a lot of immigrants coming in too. And I'm Indian! But I was born here and it's a lovely place. But yeah, its getting annoying. :(

LtHolt
LtHolt

This bishop needs a hobby. Hey buddy try building puzzles, i hear its relaxing for old guys like you!!!

LtHolt
LtHolt

This is the thanks we get for liberating the church from the evil clutches of the Chimera. Fine, next time were not coming to help you Manchester! Why dont you try concentraring on real proplems with the church (the church in general, not just the church in Manchester) God knows you have a few!!!

Breackneckboy
Breackneckboy

What aboout Call of Duty 3?Remember Chambois when the tank forces your squad to retreat?Dixon says "Fall back into the church,double time!" Didn't they see that? : ( Anyway,d-black makes a point.You would spend only a few minutes in there! Why are they mad?The game's about SAVING earth,not DISRESPECTING RELIGION.

markpb
markpb

i like this article. Shows just how parthetic the Church of England, among other religions, really are. If it was a matter of money, i'm sure sony can afford the costs. "inappropriate" in light of Manchester Citys gun crime?.....its a f*cking game you moron!!!! What about all the people massacred in the name of religion???!!!! enough!:))....roll on crysis!!

Fists1
Fists1

its not britain that has problems its earth what Chandler said, the reason night of the living dead, George A. Romero's first feature film, wasn't a complete flop is because readers digest publicly slandered it

lamprey263
lamprey263

It's just a matter of time before someone makes a custom Counter-Strike map just to piss them off

d_black
d_black

Yawn. Church complains again. Yawn. I don't about the rest of you but I blew through that scene in about 5 minutes. It could have taken place in a barn and I wouldn't really have noticed.

coolguy681
coolguy681

In my opinion the Manchester Cathedral parts was one of the best parts in the campaign mode.

jackanderson
jackanderson

Don't you just love Britain? (Gets on plane to head to America) Whenever you think your country's got problems just turn to Britain. Next thing you know they'll make an inquest into videogames and they're effects. What!!!?

Stephen361984
Stephen361984

My problem with these people is that they didn't even raise an eyebrow at the movie 28 Days Later and yet they're kicking up bloody murder over a video game which I believe got the same rating. For those who havn't seen 28 Days Later, it kinda like a zombie movie except the zombies are called infected ,they arn't dead and they can run. Anyway the first group of infected seen in the film are in a church full of corpses and one of the infected is a priest who gets whacked in the head with a bag full of soda cans. Hey Reverend can you say hypocrite?

IceStorm-Br
IceStorm-Br

Conclusion : Reverend Rogers Govender don't have nothing to do, so close the church and go eat any child (Reverend love eat childrens).

Chandler_UK
Chandler_UK

Whilst Bafta isn't known for it's share of controversy this does make me chuckle. When will the church learn that to openly condemn something is the equivalent of placing it upon a pedestal for all to see. It must have been a slow day in Manchester. I look forward to "Jesus: The fall of Man"

WWIAB
WWIAB

so they want it off the list because of the church..... not because it sucks? strange indeed?

reeve92
reeve92

i think its quite funny why do people belive there is a god to me that building is just a fancy home with out heating EVOLUTION ALL THE WAY ....... stupid bible bashers

raghraghragh
raghraghragh

Considering what the things that Catholics (and Christians in general) have been involved in,the amount of killing,war,rape and molesting...it's pretty hard for them to talk.

cybolt
cybolt

"Quit trying to take money that don't belong to you! And out of all people, the church? What is the world coming too?" Since when has the church NOT tried to get other peoples money? When that collection plate goes round, it's not a deity who is looking after the church.

SynOptics
SynOptics

it's just a game. if anything it should attract visitors to the church. that should never be a bad thing. people are just too sensitive nowadays. it's not like resistance was about a war with God himself. yes, i can see it now... me and my bullseye, God with his Apocalypse. what happened to freedom of creation w/o having to deal with "contracts, rights, and liability."?

bencm21
bencm21

they aren't exactly showing their religious sides are they? isn't god all about forgiveness? lol i can't believe that the church is in such a state about this. as many others have already pointed out in WW2 churches were used as bases etc in REAL LIFE. When i first read the article what really did it for me, proving the church is just after money, is the part where they link res:fom to gun crime. Because ppl go around Manchester with alien guns shooting aliens in church? lol

lionelchu
lionelchu

i wonder... what would Jesus say...

axia_777
axia_777

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SinfulSpikey
SinfulSpikey

I hope Resistance: Fall of Man wins, now.

KamuiFei
KamuiFei

So, in the real World War II, it was ok to use the church during wartime where REAL PEOPLE DIED, but if aliens are attacking and killing off all humanity in a video game... no, no, no... God would be furious? gimme a break....Manchester Catherdral just wants money that Sony isn't bribing them with. Also, Manchester's gun problem has nothing to do with Resistance or the Church of England itself, sounds more like a city problem.

Krazy-K
Krazy-K

OMG! What is wrong with people? New Flash, people! It's a video game! Quit trying to take money that don't belong to you! And out of all people, the church? What is the world coming too?

PSRerony
PSRerony

i can picture a 59 year old bald guy whos money hungry and sees this as a perfect opurtunity to cash in, all i have to say is that if it were my house being used to kill evil alien scum, id be proud, lol :)

acu02151
acu02151

It's a real shame that a charitable organization is getting so pissed because they didn't get paid for someone to take pictures of the inside of one of their churches, but then i suppose the church has always been about raising money for the causes it deems worthy.

BoobyUnger
BoobyUnger

yeah it should be honoured and wth is a church guy doing playing a violent game like that

Ardiendo_1
Ardiendo_1

The church should be honoured, I sure as hell would be if someone depicted my home as the setting of soldiers kicking alien ass off the planet. In all seriousness though, this is stupid how is this worse than a church that discriminates against so many people inc. homosexuals, women who have had abortions etc.

Temmehkan
Temmehkan

yes ppl in real life use alien guns that can shoot through walls and grenades that make bullets fly back