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Violent video game maker forgiven
Dean of Manchester Cathedral, the Very Rev Rogers Govender
The Dean urged Sony to withdraw the game from shops
Church leaders at Manchester Cathedral have "forgiven" Sony for not asking permission to use images of the building in a violent video game.

Sony's PlayStation game Resistance: Fall of Man, uses the historic church as a backdrop to a violent gunfight.

The game was nominated, but failed, to win an award at the British Academy Video Games Awards on Tuesday evening.

The company has apologised for using the graphics, but said it would not be withdrawing the game from sale.

The awards, organised by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), took place at Battersea Evolution, in Battersea Park, London.

Sony Playstation scene of the interior of Manchester Cathedral
Sony said it would not be withdrawing the game

After it was announced that the game had not won an award, the Dean of Manchester Cathedral, the Very Reverend Rogers Govender said: "I think some important lessons have been learnt.

"So we do forgive Sony for what they have done, even though they still believe they have done nothing wrong.

"In an industry that is breaking new frontiers, it is important that long held traditions of film and television are maintained.

"These traditions include having courtesy, respecting the dignity of your subject, and admitting when mistakes have been made.

"In so many ways Sony have failed to live up to these standards by disrespecting people of faith and the victims of gun crime here in Manchester."

He said however due to the row over the video game the cathedral had seen an increase in visits from young people and tourists.

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