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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 2018 …

December 31, 2020

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Awe, terror and spreadsheets: Video game monsters as …

October 12, 2018

The Institute of Digital Games is thrilled to have Prof. Jaroslav Švelch kick-off this academic years Game Seminar Series with his presentation Awe, terror and spreadsheets: Video game monsters as computational others - 26th October 15:00 at the Institute of … read more

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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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PhD student work at FDG and CIG conferences

September 1, 2018

The work of IDG Ph.D. student Daniel Karavolos has been presented in two conferences during August 2018: "Using a Surrogate Model of Gameplay for Automated Level Design" was presented in the international conference on Computational … read more

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DATA Agent game release

September 1, 2018

DATA Agent, the game entirely generated on Wikipedia data and OpenStreetMap, has been released on and is playable both online and via download for both Windows and Mac. DATA Agent has been designed and developed in a collaboration … 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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