I was raised by books, superhero cartoons, and video games. The Legend of Zelda taught me about problem solving. Final Fantasy 6 taught me about strategy. Red Alert taught me about the importance of resources. Ultima Online taught me about macroeconomics. And Mario taught me that the rewards we seek are rarely right around in the corner in the first place we look.
The learning potential for video games goes deeper than what can be gained from playing them. Building video games can be an educational experience in itself. In fact, I am going to bet that in the next 10 years we will see game development incorporated into school curriculums at all levels. The opportunity is simply too big to ignore.