Religious Criticism Of Resident Evil Dignified With Response

Generally, when dealing with religious kooks who allege your product promotes sin, exalts evil and is generally ungodly, PR 101 calls for a no-comment. Instead, Capcom's responded to two UK ministers after they called out Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles.

Not sure who Bishop Bryant, Archdeacon Brian Smith or the Right Rev. (that's right, Rev.) John Goddard are, but they say the game promotes violence and an interest in the occult. Blah blah blah, encourages violent behaviour, blah blah, slippery slope, blah blah, we know better than you. Really, it's like they ripped a page from World's Zaniest Scolding Clergy Mad Libs, filled in the blanks and mailed it as a press release.

Capcom's Leo Tan says to MCVUK:

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.

And the three ministers were thus chastened, apologised for their knee-jerk scapegoating and said they would get back to making their communities better, rather than making games worse.

Or, they just nodded smugly that they got a defensive reaction from Capcom. Yeah, I'm betting on the latter.

Capcom Responds to Clergy Criticism [MCVUK]


    You tell em capcom

    Maybe they're just pissed that the best thing 3rd party devs could think to use the wiimote for was bringing back the railshooter genre.

      You say this like it's a bad thing. HOTD: Overkill, Umbrella Chronicles and Dead Space: Extraction were fantastic, fun, games. Bring em on, i say, i always loved rails shooters at the arcades.


    Obviously the Ministers are Wii fans that don't want more core games being developed for the system and are happy with their Wii Fit, which i'm sure isn't too well for them considering most politicians are lazy, fat, a-holes.

    The opinions of the church should be respected, regardless of whether they're directed at what we love most, video games. "Religious kooks" is not exactly a term I would use either, I would be more inclined to think of these men as "set in their ways", and they have every right to be.

    Think of the discipline required to dedicate your life to a purpose that doesn't involve the materialism that we thrive off.

    Different strokes for different folks.
    Takes all kinds.
    Each to their own.

    Learn to respect other people's opinions rather than trying to discredit them.

    Kav, you're basically saying that everyones opinion is valid and doesn't deserve to be criticized? Is this a view you have on every opinion ever uttered or only those spouted by religious institutions?
    What if I went around saying "I believe Kav is a pedophile-devil worshiper and the worlds most feared serial-killer."
    Before you get upset, remember, this is just my opinion and rather than discredit it, learn to respect it.

      How about using some common sense while reading. If you used discretion you wouldn't have posted the dribble you did.

      BTW saying “I believe Kav is a pedophile-devil worshiper and the worlds most feared serial-killer.” is not an opinion, it's a judgement or defamation of character. An opinion would be "I think timbizcut is a fool."

      By learning to respect people's opinions, of course you need to use discretion and common sense. Taking things out of context is even worse.

    Respecting someone's opinion shouldn't prevent you from pointing out if it's wrong. There's a difference between saying: I didn't like Bioshock because FPS' elements simply don't appeal to me, as opposed to saying i think Bioshock is the devil because it encourages violence and drug seeking behaviour.

    Dunno if it's clear, but for an opinion to be respected it has to hold some ground, you cannot expect to say complete crap and have your opinion respected.

    Furthermore, who the opinion comes from also doesn't count for much, if the opinion is factually wrong.

      The problem with this whole scenario is the fact that it's been worded very suggestively by the journalist. It's very easy for the media to villify people by the way they write their articles.

      I'm not going to get too much into the religious side of things however, the Church has been there for 2000 years and the knowledge and wisdom of the Church has been preserved for 2000 years. This is why their opinion matters.

    Religious opinions are by far ignored or completely ridiculed nowadays.

    The church isn't like it was 50 years ago or even 100 years ago. In Australia anyway, i would say and i'm most likely correct, that the number of followers within the Catholic Church has probably decreased.

    We don't value Religion like it was by our parents or grand-parents. We are a younger generation that has been exposed to other sorts of entertainment and we value things like mobile phones, video games, social-networking & all that more than other things.

    I'm by no means a Religious follower. If anything i believe its a joke but i'm not here to express my opinion on that matter. My point is, why should we respect everything the Church has an opinion on.

    The Church are just as much wrong as they are right with a lot of their views. Outdated and outnumbered by the amount of people who are against them. Times are changing but their values and belief seem to stay the same. If they really want people to act the way they believe is right, then surely they can do so to accommodate the times. Some may say this goes against what they try to teach - but are we learning the same things our parents did or our grand-parents.

    Anyway, enough with the ranting - i'm not going to respect the Church's opinion on a matter like this. Fair enough to respect it if you're a believer and also a video game player etc... but i have no ties towards Religion and therefore think their opinion is one large joke.

    England in particular are so tied up with the Church and the Royal Family they just immediately fall to their knees when it comes to either of the two's dissatisfaction with an issue.

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