Capcom has today defended new Wii shooter Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles
from religious groups in the UK who have spoken out against the game recently.
Bishop Bryant of Jarrow, Archdeacon Brian Smith and Rt Rev John Goddard have all banded together and claimed that the game promotes interest in the occult, among other things.
“If we dabble in this area we open ourselves to influences and put ourselves at risk,
" said Rev John Goddard, according to MCV
. "I would regard any encouragement for children to be drawn into this behaviour with extreme horror.
Capcom spokesperson Leo Tan has struck back however, labelling the criticisms as absurd and nothing more than "typical religious hysteria
“This is scaremongering and typical religious hysteria. You cannot blame society’s ills on video games. It’s just absurd,
" said Leo.
“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.
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