Before you read too much into this headline: no, getting a healthy helping of Mass Effect or World Of Warcraft likely isn't going to do anything for your depression. New science is, however, giving us clues about a very specific type of custom-made video game and its potential role in helping the moods of depressive people. We're still discovering the limits and uses of the games in question, and at the moment the idea has only really been tested on a specific group of people.
But the treatment of depression is expanding, and beyond exercise, therapy, and antidepressants, fighting aliens within a specific interface may hold hope for those of us with depression. And it all has to do with some very interesting problems with the depressed brain.
If you're not naturally a gamer and aren't sure whether this is for you, be comforted by the fact that the people being tested in the studies weren't gamers, either; they were all over 60. There's a reason for that, which I'll elaborate in a minute. The main thing to take away from it, though? Don't be put off this line of scientific enquiry because you've never touched a controller and think Prince Of Persia is about Aladdin. This may be the future of depressive therapy, and we could all use a bit more fun.