I had an interesting conversation with a fellow at work yesterday about what you can learn from video games. Now, I've always thought video games are great for teaching eye-hand coordination. It worked well with my youngest who had real problems in that area. But apparently, there is more that you can learn.
One thing my young friend mentioned is that you learn not to panic. Suddenly, a raptor jumps you from out of nowhere; what do you do! Apparently, long time gamers learn to not panic. Another skill is to anticipate possible scenarios and plan for them, or planning strategies. Thirdly, another skill is to learn to deal with tedium as in "grinding out rep", and "farming". So, my friend thinks that all that time spent playing World of Warcraft is good survival training.
I can see the value in learning to not panic, but strategic thinking is best developed in handling real world events. In real life, your strategy cannot include running through your opponent, and rezzing if things don't go as planned. Indeed, if your main skills are game related, and you are a computer potato, you are not going to be physically prepared.
It's possible that in a bad situation where you need to direct younger folk who are clueless about real life, drawing upon gaming analogies can at least help them understand the situation, and why you need them to follow a certain strategy. For example, you can tell them it's like doing a boss raid where you have to do everything just right, or the raid will wipe. And if they complain that you don't trust them, let them know that all the tedious little jobs you are giving them to do is "grinding rep" with your faction, or they are "farming" for mats.
If you have kids that spend all their leisure time in the cyber world, you may need to offer them a "quest" and help them apply their "skills" in the real world.