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June 14th, 2007

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01:17 pm - Aliens in the Nave? How dare they?
Some days, it doesn't pay to be clergy. Particularly when the aliens are invading.

So, apparently, the Anglican church is a bit PO'd about the fact that Sony has produced a game where you have to splatter the walls of Manchester cathedral with alien blood in order to pruge the world of the alien scum.

See the video and read the story in the Times here

Apparently, the game "could not be more at odds with the message of Christian peace and charity." This statement confuses me some, as something tells me that if aliens were in a church of any denomination and trying to eat us, we would not offer them tea and crumpets.

But then, I am not British.

It really seems that the sticking point is that no one asked the clergy at Manchester whether or not Sony could use the nave for a gunfight. To quote the sub-dean, "It is jolly rude of them not to have checked."

One might almost think that it would have been okay, had Sony said, "Pardon me, but we were having a spot of tea and were wondering: would it be okay if we used your cathedral as a space to splatter aliens?"

In other news, the Anglicans have "Right Reverends" and "Very Reverends", but no "Left Reverends" or "Sort-Of Reverends."

Special thanks to Dave at CartoonChurch.Com who both brought the story to my attention, and provided a snappy comic to help explain it.
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Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: "Burn That Bridge", -JB

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Date:June 14th, 2007 05:42 pm (UTC)
*nods* Or if they carry a book, and you can only translate the title, you might want to think of all the things "To Serve Man" could mean before getting on their ship, at least.
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Date:June 14th, 2007 05:51 pm (UTC)
we would not offer them tea and crumpets.

Church of England, mate -- it's not tea and crumpets with the vicar 'round here, it's "Cake... or death!"

(but seriously, spend a year here and the reaction makes perfect sense. It was terribly poor form of Sony not to ask.)
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Date:June 14th, 2007 05:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, I understand the reaction. . . mostly. I just think that it's curious how it centers around the fact that they weren't asked, rather than the fact that the nave is filled with splattered bodies of aliens. . . :)
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Date:June 14th, 2007 07:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, that too, but there's no remedy under the law for violated aesthetic sensibilities. ;)
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Date:June 14th, 2007 06:42 pm (UTC)
Fascinating. *click, click, click* There went my morning.

If this actually goes to court and proceeds to judgment rather than getting settled, it will make interesting case law, with potentially far reaching consequences. That's a mighty big "if", though. Sony may be guilty of bad taste, insensitivity and the like, but it's not a simple clear-cut case of them done anything blatantly illegal.

3D Environment Artist Llyne says: Dumb, guys. If this is an alternate history where WWII didn't happen, you could have had your pretty shoot-out scene and no hassle if you built Coventry Cathedral. That would be indisputably fictional.

On the other hand, this is good publicity. *I* hadn't heard of the game before this kerfuffle. . . .
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Date:June 14th, 2007 10:02 pm (UTC)
I was just telling my girlfriend about this. Apparently, they were especially peeved because Manchester has a problem with gun violence. Because shooting aliens to defend earth is the same as drug-dealers shooting each other.

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