A major reason that Bioware's 2011 PC MMO Star Wars: Old Republic setting is so compelling is that, being set nearly 4,000 years before the films, the writers could dream up powerful and compelling plot twists without interfering too much with the complexities of the later lore. By giving players the chance to experience life on the Imperial/Sith side of the spectrum across a long meandering plot, villains like Malgus were given enough breathing room to become more than just simple Space Meanies. While not every story thread in the MMO chronicled his ambitions, his presence as the "big bad" of the game was felt throughout. Malgus – also referred to as the 'False Emperor' – was unquestionably one of the most popular characters that make up the main cast of the game, in part thanks to his appearance as something of a proto-Darth Vader. The original Collector's Edition of the game even came with a big ugly bust of his sallow, masked face.