Capcom Responds to Resident Evil Religious Criticism

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Capcom Responds to Resident Evil Religious Criticism

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Capcom has responded to accusations by members of the clergy that Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles promotes the occult, calling it "scaremongering and typical religious hysteria."

Released in North America last week, Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles is a Wii title built around the events of Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil Code: Veronica along with additional, original content. While it's nothing particularly new for the most part, three U.K. religious leaders, Bishop Mark Bryant of Jarrow, Archdeacon Brian Smith and the Rt. Rev. John Goddard, nonetheless felt compelled to criticize the game for encouraging interest in the occult among children.

"If we dabble in this area we open ourselves to influences and put ourselves at risk," Goddard said. "I would regard any encouragement for children to be drawn into this behavior with extreme horror."

But in a rather strongly-worded response, Capcom dismissed the concerns outright. "This is scaremongering and typical religious hysteria. You cannot blame society's ills on video games. It's just absurd," said Capcom representative Leo Tan. "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 videogames industry and is too quick to splash the holy water and lump videogames players into stereotypical boxes.

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"Videogames are entertainment and like horror movies or other scary films they are covered by a ratings system," he continued. "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."

Source: MCVUK

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Capcom just one a hell of a lot respect from me.

Capcom I salute you. You have my sword.

Such an epic response.

Leo Tan:
"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 videogames industry and is too quick to splash the holy water and lump videogames players into stereotypical boxes.

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I like this guy. He's smrt and doesn't afraid of anything religion.

Leo Tan:
"Parents have to be trusted to...use common sense."

Ach! So close yet so far. Sadly, parents can't seem to be trusted if my headset while playing Call of Duty 4 is any indication. It's a nice idea and it'd be wonderful if it were true, but reality has a tendency to bite such concepts in the ass.

Reverend John Goddard:
"If we dabble in this area we open ourselves to influences and put ourselves at risk,"

Which area would that be? Creative use of flamethrowers to destroy giant mutant plant creatures? Shotguns to remove the heads of zombies in a colourful, brain splattering manner? Trying to get in good with that hot chick who you rescued from zombies? Terrible voice acting and dialogue scripting? Okay, admittedly that last one is kinda scary.

I'm almost tempted to dust off my Wii for this game; I was a huge fan of Resident Evil 2 when I was a wee lad and I wouldn't mind picking it up again to get Leon and Claire through the ruins of Raccoon City, but it probably won't be worth my money. Might pick it up when it gets bargain bin'd though.

Mr Leo Tan, we need more video game spokesmen like you

Nice one man!

However, I wouldn't be too surprised if he gets assassinated.

Have a beer Capcom. I will now proceede to massage your feet and probably do something kinky to you.

Bishop Mark Bryant just got owned

Good for them, about time somebody told scaremongers that they've got no clue what they're talking about.

If only someone could tell the the media and politicians off instead of just religous officials.

oh snap epic pwnage against the church

I APPROVE THIS RESPONSE!

Seriously, when the fanatic twats start ranting, the best thing to do is just smack them across the chops and shout "STFU!" in their face. Metaphorically speaking of course, this is what happened here. I like it.

Holy shit, an executive with balls. If this guy's statement isn't retracted for a more toned-down and neutered version within the week then Capcom just got some respect from me.......respect that replaces what they lost with the whole RE5 DLC fiasco.

You know, this makes me want to go play Resi 5 again...

Thanks religious nutjob types, you made me want to go play a game about EVIL that CORRUPTS SOCIETY again!! Good job!

HUMILIATION

FLAWLESS VICTORY

As bad as Capcom can sometimes be this it the exact response to the accusation.

Hey, Capcom, remember my response to the entirety end of Resident Evil 5?

We're cool now.

I love you.

Hell yeah capcom, I really didn't expect to see a response like that.

Amnestic:

I like this guy. He's smrt and doesn't afraid of anything religion.

Almost. It would be, I think Capcom is a pretty cool guy. Eh is smrt and doesn't afraid of anything religion.

Oh hey Capcom...

Marry me!

wow! Leo Tan just pwned a bishop (im not even into chess and i find that impessive =\ eh....where was i)

but seriosly, capcom have just gained my respect right there
why cant more game companies take the more direct approach to responding claims of this level of stupidity.
the media is to full of hysteria aimed at games with rather weak responces from the game companies

id love to actually see this on the news/ printed in the paper

SNAP! I did not see that comin'!

Epic response, good effort Capcom

Common sense is not so common.

And religion gets beat down again, and from Capcom of all places.

Oh noes competition! That's what the religion thought.

Nice one, good job, Capcom.

Lexodus:

Amnestic:

I like this guy. He's smrt and doesn't afraid of anything religion.

Almost. It would be, I think Capcom is a pretty cool guy. Eh is smrt and doesn't afraid of anything religion.

I blame the fact that I've only visited 4chan once.

I was close enough.

Hail Capcom

It's good they're being outright with the response, unlike a few other companies.
People complain about everything nowadays.

Amnestic:

Lexodus:

Amnestic:

I like this guy. He's smrt and doesn't afraid of anything religion.

Almost. It would be, I think Capcom is a pretty cool guy. Eh is smrt and doesn't afraid of anything religion.

I blame the fact that I've only visited 4chan once.

I was close enough.

So have I. Never, ever again.

It is a shame a standing ovation doesn't translate over the net. That is what Capcom deserves.

Leo Tan should be the guy they have on fox news for their "fair and balanced debates" about videogames

he might actually make those idiots realize how stupid they are

Eh...and believing that a piece of white wafer is the body, and that a cup of wine is the blood of a 2,000 dead Messiah is just plain sensible? I'd call that occult...

Edit...Oh wait...Protestant Church leaders...eh...does the Protestant Church believe in transubstantiation? (Asks the Irish Catholic)

O_O Excellent response from Capcom. Finally, someone who adequately stands up for gaming!

If only they'd had this sort of balls before having to shoehorn sheva into RE5... *sigh*

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