In Wake of Resistance Flap, a Sacred Digital Edict for Game Makers

Despite Sony’s “unreserved” apology, Church of England officials remain outraged over the use of Manchester Cathedral as a setting for PS3 hit Resistance: Fall of Man.

In fact, Manchester Cathedral has issued a digital code of conduct for aspiring video game makers. As reported by the Times , these rules include:

1. Respect our sacred spaces as places of prayer, worship, peace, learning and heritage.

2. Do not assume that sacred space interiors are copyright free.

3. Get permission from the faith leaders who are responsible for the building interiors you want to clone.

4. Support the work of those engaged in resisting the culture of gun crime and those involved in promoting the work of conflict resolution.

Dean of Manchester, the Very Rev Rogers Govender (left), is rather down on the video game industry just now:

We have been dismayed at those in the computer industry who have defended the use of Manchester Cathedral in this a violent game… As Christians we follow Christ the prince of peace. We as a Cathedral Chapter deplore all forms of violence and would urge game makers to consider avoiding the production of violent games if at all possible.

There is a mood in the nation and in the global community regarding these sort of games. In the past few weeks we have seen games being withdrawn for including what appear to be images of James Bulger’s kidnapping. We have seen the British Board of Film Classification ban Manhunt 2 because it would in their view involve a range of unjustifiable harm risks to both adults and minors.

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