Sony, Church of England Discuss Video-Game Cathedral Battle

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Sony's (SNE) video game unit said Wednesday it is talking with the Church of England about a complaint that a famous cathedral is the scene of a violent shooting game for the new PlayStation 3 console.

Sony Computer Entertainment spokeswoman Nanako Kato declined to give details of the talks and said more time may be needed for an agreement because the problem was complex.

"This is a sensitive topic," Kato said. "Many historical buildings are used in entertainment such as movies, including Godzilla and the Tokyo Tower and King Kong in Manhattan."

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The church has demanded an apology, saying that Sony did not ask for permission to use a Manchester cathedral in the game "Resistance: Fall of Man."

Kato acknowledged the church in the game bears a resemblance in some parts to Manchester cathedral. But she said the point was to depict a backdrop of an old church, not to illustrate a specific church.

In parts of the game, the player walks through a cathedral armed with a gun and shoots at enemies.

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Although the cathedral appears only in some scenes, it would be difficult to delete just those scenes from the game, which went on sale with the launch of the PlayStation 3 next-generation console. The machine went on sale in Japan and the U.S. late last year, and in Europe in March.

Sony's global sales of "Resistance: Fall of Man" has totaled more than 2 million. Although outside software makers create games for Sony's game machines, "Resistance" is a Sony original.