from kissed-by-fire gaming goddess, Felicia Day, led me to this interesting article
. According to the article, a study published in the upcoming issue of Psychological Science
suggests that gamers, when faced with the morals choices so many games present them with today, will choose the path that represent their ideal self. In essence, we are "trying on" the skin of another person that we'd like to be - even if that other person is a Sith Lord that puts babies on spikes and punches kittens in their stupid faces.
It's an interesting article that you should all go and read right now. In the meantime, I'll just sit here content in the knowledge that the people who blew up Megaton in Fallout 3 are exactly as evil as I assumed they must be. Sure, I blew it up also - once; but I only did it to see what happens. I swear*.
*No seriously, I swear. You have to believe me.