Role playing has taken the kids of today's society and introduced them to a virtual world where anything is possible, where if you are a ten year old kid that has a terminal disease you can still be a hero and be respected by many of your friends and has given then new horizons to look at in terms of social skills, communication and even financial gain.
A role play game will set you up with a character of your choice based of different species and skills that you need to choose for yourself and then later on develop them to their maximum capacities. After a generous amount of game play you will reach levels that only the best players can reach and your virtual self can reach superhero or godlike levels of power.
Games such as World of Warcraft, Lineage, Eve online and others has brought billions of dollars of profit to the development companies that created these games and host millions of players each day. Also some real life situations have been passed with the help of such games couples meeting and getting married by meeting in this game world and there has been a case of a young man being promoted as a manager for the gaming division of a large game development company because he had played for three years as a guild leader and thus had plenty of time to polish his leader skills.
I'm not saying that a role play game will make you rich or will make you a leader however you will definitely learn some new skills and you will have the pleasure of taking part of a great adventure and experience.