RPG's in Manchester Cathedral : Blog Of The Nation Is it embarrassing to admit I really love role playing video games (weird, huh, that the acronym is RPG)? I'm thirty, but I'll tell you, I am nostalgic for Street Fighter II and
NPR logo

Listen to this 'Talk of the Nation' topic

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/10979037/10980641" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
RPG's in Manchester Cathedral

RPG's in Manchester Cathedral

Listen to this 'Talk of the Nation' topic

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/10979037/10980641" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Is it embarrassing to admit I really love role playing video games (weird, huh, that the acronym is RPG)? I'm thirty, but I'll tell you, I am nostalgic for Street Fighter II and Super Mario., and if I had a Playstation I would happily turn into a twelve year old boy (that sounds funny, but you know what I mean). However, I'm also a thirty year old woman, and a bit of a prude, so I was certainly surprised and slightly squeamish about this story: a Playstation 3 game called Resistance: Fall of Man, features a shootout in the interior of Manchester Cathedral (in the U.K.). (You can see the footage here.) It has the Manchester clergy — who regularly speak out about gun violence — up in arms (so to speak). It's a tough call; the game is obviously fictional (takes place in a dark dystopia in which WW II never happened, but all kinds of critters are roaming Machester), but it makes use of sacred space in a decidedly profane way. We'll talk to the Sub Dean of Manchester Cathedral about the game... have any of you played it? Or something like it in recognizable places? Does anyone even remember StreetFighter? (I had a mean "wind punch" as Chun Li. That's not a euphemism. And you literally cannot beat the "wind punch.")