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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

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Princeton Review - IDG in Top 25 Postgrad Programmes 2018 …

December 31, 2020

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Sept the. 21st: Game Studies and the Digital Humanities

September 4, 2018

Together with the Centre for the Digital Humanities, and as part of his visiting professorship at the University of Gothenburg, IDG's Stefano Gualeni is organizing a day-long seminar titled 'GAME STUDIES AND THE DIGITAL HUMANITIES'. This seminar will … read more

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Developer, PhD and Postdoc positions at Institute of …

August 31, 2018

Come and work with Prof. Georgios Yannakakis and Dr. Antonis Liapis, and our team at the Institute of Digital Games - University of Malta in the areas of artificial intelligence and games, machine learning, affective computing, and computational … read more

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Game design and research by University of Malta at Science …

August 31, 2018

The Institute of Digital Games (IDG) will be showcasing game design and research at their stand during Science and the City on the Friday, 28th September 2018 starting 18h00 in Valletta near Pjazza Regina and under the arches (Digital … read more

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IDG at the Copenhagen Triple Game Conference

August 27, 2018

Earlier this month, the IT University of Copenhagen brought together three long-running humanities-focused game studies conferences - the Philosophy of Computer Games Conference, the Games and Literary Theory Conference, and the History … read more

IDG participation in DiGRA 2018 Conference

August 6, 2018

The IDG had a strong presence at this year's Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA) Conference. DiGRA 2018 was held at the University of Turin. IDG faculty members Prof. Stefano Gualeni and Dr. Daniel Vella participated, along with Dr. Sebastian Möring … read more

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