Did you hear about the three clergymen who hate zombies? Looks like a few of them are peeved at Capcom for promoting violence and the occult. Bishop Bryant of Jarrow, Archdeacon Brian Smith and Right Reverend John Goddard have previously teamed up to point their fingers at Capcom's Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles.
The three religious leaders are worried that the Wii game is glamorizing all the wrong things and poses terrible and unspeakable threat against today's youth (specifically in the UK). Goddard, the one with the coolest name and title, has stated:
“If we dabble in this area we open ourselves to influences and put ourselves at risk. I would regard any encouragement for children to be drawn into this behaviour with extreme horror.”
Capcom certainly isn't going to just sit there and take this kind of slander! Spokesperson Leo Tan bit back with a lengthy and sensible response, noting that these clergy folks are just blowing things out of proportion, calling their accusations "absurd" and such.
Known as "Capcom's Grand Champion" from this day forth (or "Destroyer of All Things Sacred," if you're with the clergy on this), Tan noted that characters in Resident Evil actually fight the forces of evil, so church officials can chill the heck out:
“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.
“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.”
Resident Evil may not support evil and zombies but does glam up violence against tofu; so there's that, if the Buddhists ever feel like hopping this video game violence bandwagon.