well how do they say you dont bite the hand that is feeding you. I think one should not try to overly analyse what he said now regarding Fallout 3 in particulary and its value as a Fallout game. I am more schocked about the comment/qustion about : Creative richness in mediocrity? I mean thats like talking about creativness when it comes to the pop-music of Britney Spears when she did not even wrotte the lyrics, music or made the sound and anything she did was give her voice compared to something like Classical Gas from Mason Williams for example. RPGs, and even more so the "western RPGs" are so popular today cause they have become mainstream products mainly trying to get as well more attention from gamers that have a small range of concetration regarding a game (doesnt mean those gamers are inherently stupid or have a bad tase they just prefer a different kind of experience, I would for example not try to sell a casablanca-like-romance movie to a die-hard-terminator loving person for example. But can mixing Casablanca with Die Hard or Terminator, why not all 3 of them! really work? Suer its possible, but should it be done?). The reason why a game like Fallout 1 or 2 was not that accessible was cause it did not tried to be that. It was meant to be played as a cRPG. And thus it was attractive to the fans of this kind of game. That Fallout 3 is more popular is not surprise for me and considering Bethesda recent past with Oblivion and Morrowind only shows me what kind of gamer they want to attract, those that set "action" over "content/gameplay". I dont see as well how mixing a first person shooter with the ideas of a cRPG can ever really work. At one point one of the two sides WILL suffer and loost its meaning completely (which it now, thx to all this super meaningfull DLCs does ...). Hands down Fallout 3 is more a shooter then a RPG. It doesnt mean that it has not some qualities of a RPG, but they get more and more cut out in favour for the shooter part. And a few dialoges of low quality here and there coupled with black & white choices will not change anything.