I have this debate with folks including my wife all the time. Is video gaming good for kids? When I was a kid I loved baseball and ice hockey and when video games hit the scene I was all over it. Hence got a degree in computer science. Hell if gaming promotes computer science I'm all for it and if it increases overall academic performance then damn it's a good move. Much better than my kids watching rug rats and the crap on TV.
Here is a story that I ran into today .. proof is coming in that says gaming is good for kids.