The Church of England is upset with Sony regarding its PS3 game, Resistance Fall of Man due to a battle fought inside Manchester Cathedral. If you haven't already seen this story on CNN seventeen times, then you can catch up on it via the BBC.
A few quick points. One, the game came out last November. Way to catch up, Church of England.
Two, the game is a work of fiction based around an alternate outcome of WWII. Work of fiction. Let's all remember that. Would the same ire be coming from the Church if the same battle was described in a book?
Three, it is not a "sick" game because of the coincidence that Manchester has had a recent spat of shootings. Again, the game is based just after WWII.
Four, the hypocrisy of a religion with a violent history, participants in many wars and many deaths, founded by a violent monarch...well, it's just kind of the pot calling the kettle black. Except in this case, the game isn't real and nobody died.
I just think it's all very silly. Another case of bringing more attention to the thing that you wanted to stop in the first place. That is, by being WATBs about the whole thing, the Church of England is going to end up helping to sell more copies of the game and look like out-of-touch fools in so doing.
P.S. - Actually, I think this is all a very sneaky ploy to get more people to visit the new visitors center which includes a restaurant in the basement of the cathedral where you can touch a 15th C. hanging bridge, or spend your money in the gift shop on "moochandise". Classy.