My friend James Wallis (jameswallis) works on games in the UK. He is one of the folks that I think has a very good grasp of what makes for a good game and of how games can enrich our lives. He's also a hell of a writer.
Go and read what he has to say today about heroism and its role in games. Many of his points make for good literature as well. He wraps his thoughts around this photo:
And he tells a story that made my heart sing in doing so.