Sony Publicly Apologizes For Resistance Snafu

By Chris Faylor, Jul 06, 2007 11:47am PDT Following the Church of England's public uproar over a virtual location in Insomniac Games' PlayStation 3 launch title Resistance: Fall of Man and console manufacturer Sony's private apology, the company has taken out a full-page ad in the Manchester Evening News to publicly apologize.

"It was never our intention to offend anyone in the making of this game, and we would like to apologise unreservedly to them for causing that offence, and to all parts of the community who might also have been offended," wrote Sony Computer Entertainment Europe president David Reeves, according to GamesIndustry.biz.

The controversy stemmed from developer Insomniac's use of Manchester Cathedral as the inspiration for a portion of a level in the violent first-person shooter, which is set in 1952 and depicts humanity's defense of Britain against the seemingly alien Chimera. The Church of England alleged that Insomniac and publisher Sony Computer Entertainment failed to secure the proper permissions to virtually recreate the cathedral, and in light of what Manchester bishop Nigel McCulloch described as the community's well known gun problem, demanded Sony support anti-violence campaigns as well as the cathedral's educational department, in addition to apologizing and modifying the offending in-game assets.

"It is clear to us that the connection between the congregation and the cathedral is a deeply personal and spiritual one," Reeves noted. "As a result, it is also clear that we have offended some of the congregation by using the cathedral in our science fiction game."

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  • This is soooo damned stupid...whats next...demanding that everyone behind the Da Vinci code apologize for scenes in the Vatican. Hell it doesn't even come down to that...this isn't a religion issue...this is absurd on another level beyond the usual shit...I mean they're threatening legal action...this has more to do with the fact that everyone fucking feels that they are entitled to never be offended to never see anything that bothers them to never have their fucking little bubbles burst by another person's viewpoint or artistic perspective or personal life or whatever.

    There are FAR too many people who expect the damned world to change to meet their personal views on how it should be (and this goes far beyond religion...I mean I've seen the same behavior from over the top animal rights folks who in one case thought a guy wasn't justifed for shooting a bear FUCKING CHARGING AT HIM AND OTHERS even if it meant his death and the deaths of others...I've seen people who have a shitting fit because someone leans a little to the left or a little to the right and it pisses them off oh-so-much...so many damned things). This just takes the cake though...its a place, a historical place...there's no copyright, patent, or trademark here...you can't say "oh this place is off limits because its ours...sorry but all artistic expression dealing with said place needs to meet our approval.

    This is just so stupid I have trouble finding the right words for it. It just annoys me to the point of rambling hyperbolic nonsense because I can't even put into useful words what a stupid idea this is and what a stupid precedent it sets. Sony's response should have been to have posted a picture of the devil assfucking Princess Diana with his huge horse cock IN THE MIDDLE OF FUCKING MANCHESTER CATHEDRAL with the goatse man giving the pope felatio in the background. That would have been the proper response!

    (I added that last part about the pope because, as a Catholic, I feel that I need to show that my religion is fair game...nobody should feel that their religion can't be attacked in the form of expression and I wanted to show that...every religion...every institution...nothing is exempt from the freedom to criticize to express to offend...people who can't accept that need to understand that the world will NOT conform to their desires).




  • How many apologies are going to be required for HellGate when that comes out!
    "You showed our newspaper stand with demons near it!" and "You cant have Beelzeebub appearing near Buckingham Palace".
    What a load of utter crap.
    The only people offended by the game are the people that think the recent floods are a punishment from God for accepting gheylords in society. Never mind that their church actively protects paedophiles from prosecution under the guise of Papal infallibility.
    Oversensitive, hypocritical self righteous twats.

    Better ease off on the coffee.......ahem.