I recently watched this very entertaining talk at TED. It seems games can save civilization and dice games have already been used in this way. Score one for board games! The speaker is a computer game designer, and talks a lot about World of Warcraft and just how long people spend playing that game.
WordPress only want to embed YouTube videos (why?) so here’s a direct link: http://www.ted.com/talks/jane_mcgonigal_gaming_can_make_a_better_world.html