Yes. I did a lot of shopping and bought a 17" MBP as well, because I wanted that 1920x1200 display. In the world of "higher end" laptops like this, it was actually quite price-competitive with Thinkpads and Dells. I could have matched the MBP's specs and price (mostly) by going with a 10-pound luggable monster from Alienware, but I'm 35 at this point and I don't need clients laughing at me when I bust out my laptop at a meeting and the glowing alien eyes and HR Giger-lite styling light up.
I've found the latest (early 2011) model pretty decent for gaming! ATI 6750M 1GB isn't too bad at all. Portal 2 ran great even under OSX.
Heat was more of an issue than framerate (the machine never overheated or anything) but even Visual Studio + Resharper makes the fans spin, so the fans are really cranking when I play games.