Our recent Massively Overthinking discussion on being heroes in MMOs got me, well, thinking. I’m just not one who really cares for labels like that, nor do I need to be the Chosen One who saves the world. In fact, there are times when I wouldn’t mind seeing my character fall a bit into the dark side — maybe not become a villain, per se, but an anti-hero.
After all, these are roleplaying games, but it’s awfully hard to play any other role than virtuous knight of the do-gooders the way that quests are set up. Of course, there are always exceptions — most notably City of Villains and Star Wars: The Old Republic — that let you indulge in darker choices and storylines.
Would you — or do you — play as a villain in an MMO? And what kind of villain would appeal most to you?