Learning empathy from a video game? I taught that might be better taught giving some community service to those in need.
A video game can change the brain, may improve empathy in middle schoolers. A fantastical scenario involving a space-exploring robot crashing on a distant planet is the premise of a video game developed for middle schoolers by researchers to study whether video games can boost kids' empathy, and to understand how learning such skills can change neural connections in the brain. Source 2m.
With the advent of global obesity in first world countries and considering that the video game industry makes more money than the movie industry, we can deduce that in the future more and more video games will be designed to produce positive health benefits. Perhaps it will be mandatory that all games are similar to the machine in the movie Ready Player One where in order to play the game you need to be on this treadmill like machine.
The argument of whether or not video games are healthy is a moot point. It's the parent's job to make sure their kids are getting the proper amount of exercise instead of using video games as electronic nannies.
This is why I made sure my kids had the wii when it came out. You get to game and be physical at the same time, with healthy benefits for them. You'd be crazy not to have one for your children.
I will offer the arguement that video games can offer better mental health benefit, over that of psychically health. Whether it be because of how many games can not only be educational, but challenge you mentally. Even with something as simple as puzzle solving, reasoning, strategy, and even learning social skills.