Learning to Play a Hero
Heroes are role-playing characters that the game world has created and gives us many different types of. While each game has a different list of heroes to play as, they all have one thing in common, and that is that every game has at least one hero. In the classic board game Risk, for instance, each player took on the role of a heroic agent, and if you played your hero correctly, you’d go through the stages, fighting off waves of villain agents and conquering territories while gaining rewards for your actions.
A hero is simply a normal human being or a major fictional character who, through some act of bravery, struggles against adversity in the face of extraordinary peril. Like most previously only gender-specific words, hero has now become generic and can apply to almost any person. In computer games about heroes, a hero might be a young boy who saves the entire town from some zombies, a scholar who gains enlightenment by facing a monster, a soldier who sacrifices his life to save his friends, or even an engineer who undertakes daring acts to help the world. In most games, the hero doesn’t even have to have a super power or ability; the mere act of being heroic is enough.
Playing a hero may be nothing more than trying to convince yourself that you’re capable of doing something heroic, but it’s important to note that being a hero requires more than just ability – it takes a certain amount of bravery, or what might be called heroism. The most basic definition of bravery is taking action even when the anticipated result is to the worst of the possible outcomes. Playing a hero can be seen as an extension of this idea; by playing a hero, you would be allowing yourself to be tested to the point where you would ultimately decide whether or not you are up to the challenge.
Playing heroes allows one to escape into an alternate world in which good and evil are defined by how much harm can be done by another. It gives individuals an excuse to think clearly and allows them to consider the repercussions of their actions long after the fact. The act of playing a heroic role is also a great outlet for creativity, since the mind can often play tricks on its own to create new and exciting ideas. Thus, some creative geniuses have considered that the reason why there are great literature and art, play, and movies is because some individuals have allowed their minds to allow them to go into unexplored territories that they otherwise would not have recognized, and thus to explore things in a way that normal people would never dream of.
Playing a hero also allows individuals to imagine a new role in which they can excel at, whether it’s as the chief executive officer of a large corporation, a rising star in politics, an ace pilot, an Olympic athlete, or a high school student with the potential to become the next president of the United States. Playing a hero gives one an opportunity to let their ideals and goals get the attention they deserve. Perhaps playing a heroic role also provides an individual with a chance to overcome fears and learn to trust in their ability to overcome any obstacle that stands in their way, whatever it may be. Playing a hero also lets others know that one is an individual with extraordinary strength and courage who are willing to take charge in order to make things happen.
Perhaps one of the most important characteristics of heroes is their willingness to sacrifice themselves for their country, family, or friends. Playing a hero not only allows an individual to have a sense of self-worth, but to have a clear goal that they are willing to work towards. Playing a hero not only gives individuals a chance to use their imagination and creativity, but to use their courage and their love for what is right.