Yes! As a teacher I have been arguing this point with colleagues for years. Schools I have worked at–there have been many–have all had rules against students playing video games. Now a European group has found that–
“Videogames are in most cases not dangerous and can even contribute to the development of important skills,” said Toine Manders, the Dutch liberal lawmaker who drafted the report.
“(They stimulate) learning of facts and skills such as strategic reflection, creativity, cooperation and a sense of innovation,” a news release on the report said.
Not sure that I buy into the idea that all games do this, but certainly the games that require some strategy will help develop that in the players.