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Thursday 18th Jan 1996

requested by L. Hussain of Argyle

with the Reverend Daniel O'Shelves
the Reverend Daniel o'Shelves

"Do shit-heads go out and get piss-faced?"

Church Slams "Satanic" Video Game

15.06.00 11:14:18 GMT Reporter: Jess Tate

A new computer game in which the player controls the Devil as he stalks the earth in search of the souls of the righteous, has been condemned by the Church of England as immoral, sacrilegeous and completely unplayable.

"We consider the content of this game to be completely unacceptable" the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr George Carey, told us.

"The use of Satanic imagery within a piece of entertainment, particularly one aimed primarily at younger people, is something which any parent should find extremely disturbing."

Pariah : Carey
"This product requires the player to identify with the character of Satan himself. This is not only completely contrary to the teaching of the Bible, but sends out a dangerous message to impressionable youngsters about the basic difference between good and evil."

"Plus, the collision detection is crap: You can stab the nuns on level 1 right in the face with the flaming trident and half the time they don't take any damage. It's shit."

"And the controls are pants too: Like at the end of level 4, where you have to kill St Francis of Assisi with the cattle prod. You have to press "up" and "square" at the same time, but if you get it wrong you end up just hitting "up" and jumping straight at him. Why couldn't they have just made it "triangle" to fire the cattle prod? It would have been loads better. Triangle normally fires hell-fire, but you don't have that after level 2 anyway..."

The Archbishop went on to call for the game to be banned, as well as asking games developers to consider the ethical implications of their products before releasing them for public consumption.

"And play-test the fucking things properly as well" he added.


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