Education minister Michael Gove has told a gathering at the Royal Society last that playing video games can have some educational value.
"Computer games developed by Marcus du Sautoy are enabling children to engage with complex mathematical problems that would hitherto have been thought too advanced. When children need to solve equations in order to get more ammo to shoot the aliens, it is amazing how quickly they can learn," Gove said at the meeting.
"I am sure that this field of educational games has huge potential for maths and science teaching and I know that Marcus himself has been thinking about how he might be able to create games to introduce advanced concepts, such as non-Euclidean geometry, to children at a much earlier stage than normal in schools."
Perhaps, thinq_ suggests, Gove should persuade some of his colleagues to sign up for a bit of World of Warcraft which has such a complex financial and trading system it could teach most of the current cabinet a thing or two about global economics.