Pasta&Vinegar pointed out this article on the 50 greatest innovations in video gaming from BusinessWeek. The article lists the wide variety of ways that video gaming has taken human play in a new direction or sharpened old sporting instincts.
Video gaming proves imagination, which is essential to business. It strays closer to the source of that most human faculty than almost any medium that comes to my mind, combining elements of drama and narrative, and freeing us to explore, discover and stealthily approach goals at minimal cost. And in fact, fast failure is one of its chief benefits. Should today's children be smarter than the current generation, game play no doubt will be one of the reasons.
If you're interested in how gaming and film are co-evolving, check out John Gaeta's interview at the 2006 ideaFestival.