Electronic Arts has responded to a Fox News story which asked if People Can Fly's Bulletstorm was "the worst game in the world".
The article, published yesterday, quoted Emmy Award-winning US TV psychologist Carole Lieberman making the incredible claim that video games were somehow "to a large part" responsible for an increase in rape.
Lieberman and fellow 'academics' also questioned the US ESRB age ratings system, and discussed the effect exposure to Bulletstorm could have on young children.
Tammy Schachter, VP of Public Relations for EA, told Game Informer:
"As you know, Bulletstorm is a work of entertainment fiction that takes place in the 26th century on the abandoned fictitious paradise planet Stygia, where our heroes fight mutants, monsters, flesh-eating plants and gigantic dinosaurs.
"Epic, People Can Fly and EA are avid supporters of the ESA and believe in the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) rating system. We believe in and abide by the policies put in place by the ESRB.
"Bulletstorm is rated M for Mature for blood and gore, intense violence, partial nudity, sexual themes, strong language and use of alcohol. The game and its marketing adhere to all guidelines set forth by the ESRB; both are designed for people 17+. Never is the game marketed to children.
"Epic, People Can Fly and EA support the right of artists to create works of entertainment fiction for consumers of all ages, including adults who enjoy action adventures like Bulletstorm. Much like Tarantino's Kill Bill or Rodriguez's Sin City, this game is an expression of creative entertainment for adults."