Gaming is great. Although I still marvel at how many people still think it's this childish anti-social niche hobby. There are a lot of games that are just the opposite of this stereotype. The Metal Gear Solid series for example delivers some of the best storytelling I've ever seen. Topics such as the Cold War, nuclear deterrence, human morality are all included as well as other social commentary.
And games are one of the most social activities we do, much more than going to the movies. People are playing games and interacting with each other. The Wii (ugh) is a great example of how social gaming is. Although unfortunately it is also a good example of how a company can forgo quality just to rake in the profits (and what a profit that is).
On another note, people cannot blame video games when they get addicted just as it is wrong (and stupid) to blame fast food restaurants when they get fat. Video games give people a sense of pleasure and there are bound to be people who can't handle that pleasure in moderation. Just as there are people who are addicted to food, television, sex, drugs, alcohol, people can get addicted to video games. It is up to them (or if they can't, then get help) to enjoy video games without being addicted or just give it up.
There's also been a lot of controversy over violent and mature content in video games. Well, that would be your department parents. If you don't want your kids to blow off peoples head in a digital environment then don't buy them Grand Theft Auto. If you don't want them to fap off to 3d girls then don't buy them Sexy Beach 2. Parents are getting upset that kids can still get their hands on these types of games in some ways. Well guess what, kids can get their hands a lot of things their parents don't know about like playboys, alcohol, and drugs. They either get it from friends or get someone older to buy it for them. This isn't new folks!
If you really don't want your kids playing these games then actually pay attention to what your kid does; if little jimmy is taking pictures of the girls at the strip club and you don't remember buying Grand Theft Auto IV then take it away and ground the kid. Don't sue the game industry, because it's not their job to take care of your kids, it's yours.