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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

Game Tales - 3-day Game Writing Workshop

August 10, 2017

Game Tales is a game narrative and writing workshop hosted by the Institute of Digital Games - University of Malta with the support of Arts Council Malta, featuring talks and hands-on writing sessions by award winning game writers and designers Meg … read more

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DIGITAL GAME STUDIES SEMINAR 2017

August 7, 2017

The Institute of Digital Games at the University of Malta is proud to announce our 2017 digital games studies seminar, run in collaboration with the BTK University of Art and Design in Berlin, Germany. The seminar will take place over three days, from … read more

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DeepLearning school - with games!

August 1, 2017

In Bilbao, the International Summer School on Deep Learning took place between 17 and 21 July 2017. The 1-week event gathered more than 1300 PhD students, researchers and AI practitioners with an interested in the theoretical and practical advances of deep … read more

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Game Lecture: Simon Niedenthal - 27th September 2017

August 1, 2017

Simon Niedenthal - 27th September 2017 - 18h00 @ Institute of Digital Games About the talk: The study of the sense of smell is a hot topic nowadays, with major scientific advances coming on a regular basis. From the recent recalculation … read more

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The Institute of Digital Games (output between 2013 and …

July 29, 2017

Interested in what we've being doing between 2013 and 2015? We've made a presentation of our teaching, research and development work, as well as some of the events and game jams that we've organised.

To see the report, click here!

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Get into Games bootcamp in Athens

July 28, 2017

INNOVATHENS, the hub of innovation & entrepreneurship in Athens, Greece, organized a 2-week bootcamp for novice game developers from 17 to 29 July. The bootcamp included an intense set of game lectures on game design and development. The Institute of … read more

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