Games develop the brain, make it think, make up tactics. Online shooters develop foreign languages because you need to understand what your allies are saying.
Video games do promote some cognitive development. Here is a good video from blogger TrashSmash on this topic.
Yes and yes. True, not all games. In principle, video games are a separate art form, on a par with literature, cinema, etc. There are many genres of games, each of which has its own characteristics and can develop some specific qualities. Shooters, for example, can help improve reaction, strategy - logical thinking, tactics, but if this is RTS (real-time strategy, where actions take place without stopping and not step by step), then the reaction, to some extent, too, but Games like non-linear RPGs or action series like Telltale Games' The Walking Dead can teach you a lot, especially making tough decisions.
Since video games are an art form, they tell a story (at least many, especially RPGs that are closest to literary and cinematic works), where their main feature manifests itself: you you yourself play the role of the main character (and in some games you can create him similar to yourself or as you like), and this often spills over into the fact that you yourself make decisions and influence the plot and how certain will relate to you characters and so on.
In general, a lot more can be said about the advantages of video games, but I have named the main ones for me.
Games are a tool. You can play to relax, compete with friends, socialize and, of course, to develop cognitive abilities. The whole question is how you do it.
By my own example, I can say that games helped me learn English.
And games definitely have a place in everyday life. I recently read a good article on video games as an escapism tool. There is, of course, not so much praise in relation to games, but to the question "Do games have a place in life?" answers completely.
I also want to add that it is hardly possible in relation to a person who is fond of games, to say that he lives his life wrong)
upd. I just remembered the article that I buried in Pocket) It reveals the topic of the use of video games in medicine and psychotherapy, for the prevention and treatment of physical and mental ailments.