Religious Criticism of Resident Evil Dignified With Response

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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.

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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 behavior, 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.



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And the three ministers were thus chastened, apologized 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]

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slagathorian--save-the-trees--old
Slagathorian: Save the trees and kill the children.

Once again the citizens of Kotaku prove how ignorant and moronic they are.

This article is about 3 people criticizing a video game (God Forbid) and everyone is so eager to jump on the fact that they are religous. Does anyone want to know what ethnicity they are? How about their gender, height, salary, level of education, age, sexual orientation, political affiliation, what kind of car they drive, what their favorite movie is etc. Would you all be so quick to be morons if the story was about 3 mechanics who had an issue with the game? How about 3 woman? Or three people over 6 feet tall? How about three rich people? How about three people who drive toyota trucks?

95% percent of the comments on this thread are from people who have decided that since 3 people who believe in a higher power have an issue with a game, then they have free reign to criticize every single person who believes in a higher power by association. I believe in God, and pretty, much everyone I know does, and guess what? I love the resident evil franchise, and they all do to. You can't lump everyone together into the same group. Especially when that group just so happenes to be about 96% of the worlds population. Lets focus on what the three people said, not what profession they are.

You all are acting no different than when the media jumps on violent offenders who play Grand Theft Auto like its some kind of self Evident connection.

"18 year old kills girlfriend, played Grand Theft Auto"

They don't want to know about the kids upbringing, maybe he was hanging with the wrong crowd, maybe he was abused as a kid, maybe he had a mental disorder. etc.

no no no, lets focus on the fact that he played Grand Theft Auto.

This is exactly the same thing.

So stop stereotyping everybody, these 3 people do not speak for me, anyone here, anyone in their church, and certainly not anyone of other faiths.

Because its become all too obvious that the majority of you just sit and wait for someone to utter the word "God" so you can come out like screaming banshee's to spread your hate and ignorance.

And no, I won't be replied to your comments, I've said what I needed to say.