Depression is, well, not much of a laughing matter. It's painful all around, and find methods of effectively treating it has been a serious challenge. The treatments we do have aren't exactly ideal; they can often be time consuming and/or costly. Some researchers at the University of Auckland in New Zealand decided to try something new, and created a video game specifically designed to tackle depression. The crazy thing? It worked. The crazier thing? It worked better than traditional counseling. The Atlantic The article contains a more detailed description of the game from the developers... Warning: Spoilers inside! And a trailer: This news is definitely encouraging. Perhaps with more research and development, we could make this sort of game even more effective in treatment. This also goes to show the power that the medium can have on people, and how we can direct that towards positive goals. Still, who could have guessed that fighting depression with gaming would make SPARX fly?