Vice: My first time was towards the end of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. After deciding to become Space Hitler and usurp the Sith leader, some of my party were pissed off. Among the ranks were Mission Vao, a 14-year-old Twi'lek, and her Wookie best friend, Zaalbar. Mission threatened to leave, so I twisted Zaalbar's mind and forced him to kill her. Then he turned on me, so I Force-choked the furry bastard to death. Dark Side, indeed.
We've all done ugly things in video games. I mean, who hasn't immolated Sims in a doorless room? You probably named them after your friends, you sicko. (Pretty much.) Does virtual bad behaviour say anything about our real personalities or, like how science pokes at the universe, are we just testing boundaries? Chris Ferguson, a psychology professor who's written at length about video game violence, says it's a bit of both.