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Last Updated: Wednesday, 24 May 2006, 10:45 GMT 11:45 UK
Anger over cathedral attack game
Video game image (picture from Koch Media)
Famous buildings are used in the game as a backdrop for combat
Officials at Canterbury Cathedral are asking for a new video game to be withdrawn because it shows the building as a backdrop for a terrorist battle.

War On Terror allows gamers to take part in battles between terrorists and a world strike force.

Christopher Robinson, spokesman for the dean and chapter, said: "Having the cathedral as aesthetic wallpaper for violence and hatred isn't appropriate."

The game's distributors, Koch Media, said the game would not be withdrawn.

Monte Cristo, which developed the game, said the cathedral was a "natural backdrop for the valour of the world forces."

The firm said it attempted to portray places it felt were visually appealing.

The whole point of the church is to preach God's love to the world and for humans to love each other
Christopher Robinson

David Hockley, a producer at Monte Cristo, said: "We wanted something very British and something easy to identify. Canterbury was the natural choice.

"War on Terror depicts a worldwide battle between terrorists, a Nato-like strike force called the World Forces and the Chinese. This fight takes place in various places throughout the world."

Other buildings featured in War On Terror include the Eiffel Tower and the Brandenburg Gate.

But Mr Robinson said: "The whole point of the church is to preach God's love to the world and for humans to love each other."

He said a letter would be sent to the game's distributors, Koch Media, in the next few days.

Canterbury Cathedral is regarded as the "headquarters" of the Church of England and attracts visitors from all over the world.

The first cathedral was established on the site in 597 and its famous Bell Harry Tower was completed in 1538.

The cathedral was also the scene of Thomas Becket's murder in the 12th Century.


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