Capcom: “Absurd” to Blame Society’s Ills on Games

November 25, 2009 -

Capcom has responded to criticism of its Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles by religious leaders with a double-barrel return blast of its own.

Bishop Bryant of Jarrow, Archdeacon Brian Smith and Rt Rev John Goddard accused the game of promoting the occult and violence reports MCVUK. Goddard said about the game, “If we dabble in this area we open ourselves to influences and put ourselves at risk. I would regard any encouragement for children to be drawn into this behaviour with extreme horror.”

Capcom’s Leo Tan fired back, saying, “Most games (and movies) like Resident Evil show characters fighting evil not supporting it. Unfortunately the clergy is showing a lack of understanding of the video games industry and is too quick to splash the holy water and lump video games players into stereotypical boxes.”

He continued:

This is scaremongering and typical religious hysteria. You cannot blame society’s ills on video games. It’s just absurd.

The title, developed for the Wii, is due out in Europe on November 27. It was released in the U.S. last week.


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Re: Capcom: “Absurd” to Blame Society’s Ills on Games

I stopped reading when I saw the word occult. It's funny how they didn't even bother to look at what this game and series is about. There's no "occult themes" anywhere in the resident evil series. The zombies and creatures are created by viruses and parasites not by supernatural means. Oh so typical among grey haired old men of the book. And it's so funny to hear religious leaders talk about outside influences putting people at risk when some of the worst attrocities in history have been committed in the name of religion.

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I agree w/you on this, when they do use the word "occult", it is ridiculous. This game is nothing compared to an occult. Maybe the religous people should look more in Pagan rituals that happen more than video games like resident evil.

 

 

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Re: Capcom: “Absurd” to Blame Society’s Ills on Games

That lead us to another thing that religion also hates the most: SCIENCE.

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It's quite weird that I couldn't find any source for the clergymen's quotes, except in the gaming press (and all the articles I found are nothing but copypasta of MCV's one). I expected at least an official press release, or a paper in tabloid press. But nothing at all.

It makes me wonder if it's not another publicity stunt (such as Dante's Inferno fake protest).

Re: Capcom: “Absurd” to Blame Society’s Ills on Games

It has been debunked, I've linked to the debunking article at the end of the comments here.

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I saw that fake protest on www.youtube.com.......from what I read the EA company hired actors to protest & act like religious fanatics about the game "Dante's Inferno" saying something about burning crosses upside down. I went up on that video of the comments section & told them that there will be relgious people not like this game & say something about the crosses. But the crosses of would be upside down since it's in Hell. Ummmmm Hell does NOT like crosses or Jesus or light or God or anything having to do w/a church. But I'm sure there will be people that will protest the game. Other than that, the game is based on a true story I think in the Crusades, I'm not for sure, don't quote me. But seeing the development diaries so far, I love the game so far & can't wait for it to come out. :)

 

 

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Re: Capcom: “Absurd” to Blame Society’s Ills on Games

What game is based on a true story?  Not Resident Evil, obviously, so are you talking about Dante's Inferno?  Because that's based on the first part of Dante's Divine Comedy titled Inferno, which Dante wrote about the main character describing Hell.  That never actually happened.

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Re: Capcom: “Absurd” to Blame Society’s Ills on Games

Not to mention: The crusades? WTF? How can someone who has supposedly followed the developer diaries A) Think it's based on a true story and B) Think it's set in the crusades?

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Re: Capcom: “Absurd” to Blame Society’s Ills on Games

When one looks upon things blinded by an agenda anything can seem corrupt look at religion dose it really bring out the best in us or serve devision, hatred and greed?



Games are nothing more than media a part of us(humans) and our imagination these times are no different than the ones before but perhaps minus the huge loss of life to war and roaming strife, with the constant news 24 hour cycles it appears things are worse because we know the dirty details of our neighborers wrong doings a few hours it happens with both religion and media hyping the details  to gain attnetion its no wonder sometimes the world seems like it coming to an end....




BTW I do not dislike religion persay but I seriously dismiss any factions hold on absolutism god is beyond human pettiness and devision, if the light is not love and forgiveness its not the light but the shadow, within the light there is no ands ifs ors or butts only peace, love and forgiveness.




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