Video games offer something rare in the terms of education. They cause people to want to learn. Now, there is an exception to every rule but it's usually and exception and not a rule. Myst is one of the best selling computer games of all time and the entire basis is problem solving puzzels that "excercise" our minds. The Sims is another highly succesful game where one does the menial chores and routines of life. This game teaches us a budget, how to reward yourself, and living within your means. Any Tycoon game, such as Roller Coaster Tycoon, along with the Sim City games, teach you to maintain a buisness and and be profitable.
These benifits are also true in FPS (first person shooters). A pair of researchers in University of Rochester, New York, as well as those at the University of Rochester; found that such gaming helped educational skills. In the tests conducted, seventeen students, male and female, either were in a group that played Medal of Honor, Tetris, or refrained from any video gaming at all. All test subjects had openly admitted to never have playing a video game in their life. Everyday, those groups that did play their game played for a time frame of one to two and a half hours. All of the students study habits, which started out similar, did change dramatically, along with their aptitude tests. Medal of Honor players lost the most studying time but brought their average grades up on the aptitude tests. Tetris players and nongamers alike, maintained the same study habits and grades.
Also in violent games such as the Grand Theft Auto Series, however bad this sounds, the game seems to be fufilling a need. Ever since these violent games have emerged, amazingly enough, crime in the US is down and teen pregnancy is down. We are living in one of the most unviolent time periods in history and we have the most violent media.
Now there is still just as much car-jacking going on but this is the exception and not the rule. There are more positive aspects then there are negative. On the positive/negative side, soldiers overseas are playing videogames over the internet to spend time with their family. In some cases it's a friendly game but in others it may be a shooter. In the case of the shooter, the soldier, who through boot camp has been engineered to think this way, will be enjoying R&R time while still using his/her training in a way. This will help him/her be more efficent and his job and through trial and error in a videogame, he/she will know better tactics in there subconscience and will be able to react quicker and have a better survival chance.
In the 60's rock music was thought of negatively but now it's excepted and embraced. Soon this will probally happen to videogames.