A pilot study by researchers at King's College London's Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) and the University of Roehampton has suggested the new technique can help patients who experience hallucinations but do not respond to medication.
Patients in a small study were able to land a rocket in the game when it was connected to the brain region sensitive to speech and human voices.
It basically involves patients monitoring their own neural activity in the speech sensitive region of the brain while sitting in an MRI scanner.
People with schizophrenia can be trained by playing a video game to control the part of the brain linked to verbal hallucinations, researchers say.
Neural action was spoken to by a computerized space rocket, and patients were told to arrive the rocket by conveying it practical.
To try to control their symptoms, they were asked to play a video game while in an MRI scanner, using their own mental strategies to move a computerised rocket - and in doing so they were able to turn down the volume on the external voices they heard as well.
After training, patients had learned lasting strategies which they could apply during their daily lives.
All 12 patients in the study experienced nasty and threatening verbal hallucinations every day - a common symptom of schizophrenia.
"The patients know when the voices are about to start - they can feel it, so we want them to immediately put this aid into effect to lessen them, or stop the voices completely".
"Our study has demonstrated that people with schizophrenia can take in a type of mental technique to help their manifestations - something which quite a long while of medication has not assisted with".
Professor Paul Allen, from the University of Roehampton, added: 'The results of this pilot are astonishing as nearly everyone in the patient group was able to control the space rocket, successfully bringing the rocket in the game back down to the ground.
Scientists can now train people to control verbal hallucinations using a "neurofeedback" technique.
"We are now planning to conduct a randomised controlled study to test this technique in a larger sample".
Professor Paul Allen, from the University of Roehampton, said: "The results of this pilot are astonishing as nearly everyone in the patient group was able to control the space rocket, successfully bringing the rocket in the game back down to the ground".
"These are still early days in our exploration, in any case, patients who partook in the pilot study have disclosed to us that the preparation has helped them to quiet their outer voices down, with the goal that they could disguise them more".