Is Torture in the Virtual World Acceptable?

The latest World of Warcraft expansion pack includes a torture quest. Q guest and video-game pioneer, Richard Bartle contends that video games need to put torture in context - and provide options out of it, as well as ramifications if you accept the quest. Technology critic Clive Thompson thinks that video games should have more, better-designed torture. What do you think?

Would you torture someone in a video game? How different is torture from the shooting, maiming and killing that is the stock in trade of video games?

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