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The Institute of Digital Games is the centre for research and education in game design, game analysis, and game technology at the University of Malta.

Our work is at the forefront of innovative games research. We explore games and play, uncovering new playful and generative possibilities in game design and technology. We delve into everything games can teach us about ourselves.

Our multidisciplinary academic team spans computer science, literature, game design, philosophy, media studies, and social sciences.

David developed an innovative model for understanding board game involvement for his thesis.

It is an environment roaring with ideas, thoughts, games, prototypes, concepts. It was a period when I felt constantly inspired.

Rebecca is researching narrative in games. As part of her thesis, she will develop a choice-driven video game.

Practice in the form of game project assignments and a supportive teaching staff really boost your confidence as a game designer!

The Institute feels like a little community that you're part of.

William's research explored the procedural generation of multi-floor levels for first-person shooters.

Being involved in the research process, I realised how passionate everyone at IDG is about their research.

David C.
Graduated in 2015
Rebecca P.
Current thesis student
William C.
Graduated in 2015

Blog What we have been up to lately

Princeton Review - IDG in Top 25 Postgrad Programmes

December 31, 2020

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Game Lecture - Susan Gold - 5th February

January 18, 2018

Susan Gold - 5th February 2018 - 18h00 @ Institute of Digital Games Creativity, can we bottle it? Why game jams and hackathons are a good place to look for the magic. The lecture will be prefaced with a discussion with the Malta Game Jam participants: … read more

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CURIO Kickoff Event (Jan 19th)

January 6, 2018

In case you are interested in games, education, curiosity, and game design, the international team behind project CURIO (‘A Teaching Toolkit for Fostering Scientific Curiosity’) is excited to invite you the CURIO Kickoff Event which will take place 19th … read more

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Interview on 'playable philosophy'

December 13, 2017

Dr. Stefano Gualeni was interviewed by Radio Beckwith (Turin, Italy) on topics concerning his works on ‘playable philosophy’ and the experiential and existential relationships we can establish with virtual worlds. The interview, … read more

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Dagstuhl Seminar

December 4, 2017

IDG staff members Georgios N. Yannakakis and Antonios Liapis attended the Dagstuhl Seminar 17471 titled "Artificial and Computational Intelligence in Games: AI-Driven Game Design". This highly prestigious seminar is accessible by … read more

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Game Lecture: Georgios Yannakakis - 15th November 2017

November 8, 2017

Georgios Yannakakis - 15th Novermber 2017 - 18h00 @ Institute of Digital Games About the talk: Based on his award winning paper Prof. Georgios Yannakakis will discuss the challenging task of representing everyday emotional states computationally. This is … read more

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