According to the latest Entertainment Software Association report, 68% of American parents believe that gaming provides mental stimulation and education to their children.
"Parents across America recognize the widespread benefits of video games, including education, mental stimulation, and the bonding opportunities they create for families," said Michael D. Gallagher, ESA president and CEO. "Video games are a favorite pastime enjoyed by men and women of all ages, and millions worldwide who share their game play experiences with friends and family."
The "Essential Facts About the Computer and Video Games Industry" report also revealed that 59% of Americans play videogames and that the average American gamer is 31 years old who has been playing games for 14 years.
More interesting facts can be found in the report here (pdf).