The New York Times ran an article recently on the launch of the D&D Online MMORPG. I think Gary Gygax puts it well when he compares playing RPGs at home and online to stories told on the stage and television respectively.
For me, the coolest part of the article is seeing quotes from people I know like Gary, David Eckelberry, and my pal Keith Baker. Keith created the original concept for Eberron, the setting for D&D Online, among many other things. Way to go, Keith!