Leveling up: Can video games treat mental illness?


For decades, gaming was considered a public health issue. Now, psychologists are starting to research the medium’s clinical potential.”You will die, constantly and without respite.” That’s what IGN had to say about Dark Souls, the flagship title of Japanese developer FromSoftware, when it first hit stores over a decade ago. In case you’re unfamiliar with the property, it’s a fantasy RPG that has since become infamous for its uncompromising gameplay, unforgiving level-design, obscure… Leveling up: Can video games treat mental illness?