Gary Gygax — American Inventor born on July 27, 1938, died on March 04, 2008

Ernest Gary Gygax was an American game designer and author best known for co-creating with Dave Arneson the pioneering role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons. Gygax has been described as the father of D&D... (wikipedia)

There is no winning or losing, but rather the value is in the experience of imagining yourself as a character in whatever genre you're involved in, whether it's a fantasy game, the Wild West, secret agenst or whatever else. You get to sort of vicariously experience those things.
I foresee online gaming changing when there are good audio-visual links connecting the participants, thus approximating play in a face-to-face group.
There's a call to adventure. It's something in the inner psyche of humanity, particularly males.
The essence of a role-playing game is that it is a group, cooperative experience.
Gaming in general is a male thing. It isn't that gaming is designed to exclude women. Everybody who's tried to design a game to interest a large female audience has failed. And I think that has to do with the different thinking processes of men and women.