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The lad's parents say they're not concerned that his expertise with Halo - which is rated M, for Mature - is a sign that he's destined to embrace violence. "He does his homework, and he knows right from wrong, and that's the important thing," said his mom, Maribel. His father likens the game to "a kid with a water gun running around shooting at another kid with a water gun.... I monitor [Victor Jr.], and if anything seems out of control, I step in."
The phone burped, and it was Victor's dad. Victor put down the controller and picked it up. "I'm doing this thing now. I can't talk," said the self-possessed child. "I'll call you back." With that, he put down the phone, took a sip of his Capri Sun drink, and prepared for more carnage.