The Reg reports
That... Laparoscopy skills are linked to one's game playing experience....
Sounds suspiciously like confirmation of the 1992 Robin Williams film, Toys, in which Williams uses gamers, to control REAL miniature war toys...
At any rate, I think society has already confirmed that our gaming experiences are NOT useless, and this quote absolutely confirms this.
Of the 33 surgeons from Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, the nine "who had at some point played video games at least three hours per week" boasted "37 per cent fewer errors, performed 27 per cent faster, and scored 42 per cent better in the test".
In the No Way department, Iowa State University psychology prof Douglas Gentile, (one of the co-authors of the study) said:
"It was surprising that past commercial video game play was such a strong predictor of advanced surgical skills."
Obviously, someone WAY past Gen-X, or even MY generation, I'd guess to have THIS thick a skin!