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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 developed 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.
Graduated in 2017
William C.
Graduated in 2015

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Princeton Review - IDG in Top 25 Postgrad Programmes in …

December 31, 2020

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Global Game Jam NEXT - Games Education for the NEXT …

June 18, 2020

**This page is regularly updated with information on the Game Jame NEXT - Please check in regularly for updates and news** Are you between the ages of 11-17 years and interested in making games? Challenge yourself and try it out at the Global Game Jam NEXT … read more

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Emotion AI - An Experiment using Theory of Mind and …

June 2, 2020

A study conducted at the Institute of Digital games investigating how an agent’s behaviour and the player’s own performance and emotions shape the recognition of frustrated behaviour was published in KI - Künstliche Intelligenz - the official journal of … read more

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Artificial Intelligence and Emotion: Exploring the Next …

May 26, 2020

Dr. Konstantinos Makantasis, post-doctoral researcher in Artificial Intelligence at the Institute of Digital Games has been awarded a prestigious Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships for his TAMED (Tensor-bAsed Machine learning … read more

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Hiring Developers, PhD Students, and Post-Doctoral Fellows …

May 21, 2020

We're hiring! Work with us at one of the leading game research institutes in Europe at the intersection of AI, CAD, ML-Deep Learning, Evolutionary Computation, Affective Computing and Computational Creativity within games and … read more

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Virtual Existentialism - Philosophy in Virtual Worlds

May 1, 2020

A wild new book appears! The Institute of Digital Games is excited to announce the release of a new book: Virtual Existentialism - Meaning and Subjectivity in Virtual Worlds! The book was written by IDG's own Prof. Stefano Gualeni and Dr. Daniel Vella, and … read more

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