Capcom Responds to Religious Criticism

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A new Resident Evil Game, and a new controversy. The Darkside Chronicles, Capcom’s 2nd Wii on-rails lightgun shooter  has raised the ire of the clergy, as it apparently turns children in to violent, sociopathic baby-eating Satanists.

Bishop Bryant of Jarrow, Archdeacon Brian Smith and Rt Rev John Goddard have accused the game of promoting such vileness as violence and the occult amongst the UK’s youth, offering such trollop as “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 spokesperson Leo Tan believes doesn’t quite believe the risk is real.

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

“Video games are entertainment and like horror movies or other scary films they are covered by a ratings system. Resident Evil for example is a 15 and not suitable for anyone under that age. Parents have to be trusted to adhere to these age restrictions and use common sense.”

Nice sensible response, Capcom.

Source : MCVUK

Last Updated: November 26, 2009

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