Bethesda Softworks' main PR man Peter Hines has denounced suggestions that the company is using extreme violence as a main selling point of Fallout 3.
When questioned over the extreme violence seen in screenshots so far, Hines responded: "We don't want it to be the focal point of the game, but it is what it is. It's a violent world, and so the combat should be violent as a result.
"I think we've done it to the extent that it's not realistic. It's a bit more tongue-in-cheek. It's Quentin Tarantino. So it's not storming the beaches of Normandy in Saving Private Ryan, where it looks like it's actually happening. It's more Kill Bill. It's violence that's a bit more over the top so it's more comical than disturbing."
Covering all bases, Hines concluded, "It's definitely a game for grown ups. It always has been. I think we've been very clear about that. This is a mature title for mature audiences. It's not a game for kids."