This post was from a user who has deleted their account.
Well I've gotten improved problem-solving skills, pure intuition, better reflexes, and typing skills to name a few.
You know what I learned from playing World of Warcraft?I learned how to effectively communicate my feelings with other people via chatroom. That may not seem like much, but it's a surprisingly rare skill—you hear people speak all the time about how communicating via chat doesn't get as much information across, since you can't see the other person, or hear their tone of voice. From playing World of Warcraft, I learned the subtleties of communicating online—that it matters how long you pause before you type the next sentence, that sometimes emoticons or saying "lol" ARE necessary to effectively communicate how you feel about something, and more.About two years after this I started developing this skill I got this job. Wowhead doesn't have an office. We all work remotely, so all of our communication has to take place online—via chat. If I didn't have those skills, it would severely hamper my ability to do my job...as well as the people around me who can't understand the content of the messages I'm trying to convey.That's a relatively small thing, to be sure. But at the time when I started working, it was the only relevant skill I had. For me personally it's the ONLY reason I got the job. It didn't help me change the world, certainly. But it did get me a job. What can it do for you?
While we're on the subject, here is a link to a Wired article about "Why multiplayer games may be the best kind of job training."
I am probably going to post my own response to everything being said so far, but for now I would like to applaud Secarious for expressing an opinion opposite of what the majority thinks, and repeatedly come back to defend it. I certainly don't agree with him, as you can gather from my thoughts in the original post, but I rarely see people go against the flow and not disappear after the action. That's it from me for now.