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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

Experimental, Experiential Game Design - IDG Alumnus …

April 7, 2017

Institute of Digital Games Alumnus Jean-Luc Portelli's research is featured in the most recent issue of THINK Magazine. He describes Spectrum, a tool he designed for the creation and analysis of game ideas. Read more about his research and findings … read more

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Chicken and Egg (public talk)

March 1, 2017

Which came first: the chicken or the egg? This talk by IGD's Stefano Gualeni will settle this issue once and for all. This upcoming public talk, part of the Cafe' Scientifique talk series is titled: ‘Chicken and Egg’ philosophical play with thought … read more

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CHI case study on Board Game Prototyping

February 25, 2017

We are happy to announce that a Case Study was accepted to CHI 2017, co-authored by IDG staff Antonios Liapis. The paper, titled "Board Game Prototyping to Co-Design a Better Location-Based Digital Game", discusses the rationale and process of iteratively … read more

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Job opportunities with the IDG

February 25, 2017

Interested in working with the Institute of Digital Games? We are looking for full-time or part-time PhD students but also developers/programmers to work with us on the ENVISAGE and CROSSCULT European projects, as well as any other … read more

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Game Lecture: Valéry Bollier

February 15, 2017

The Game Lecture series continues on Tuesday 28 February 2017, with Valéry Bollier discussing the concept, design and technological infrastructure of Daily Fantasy Sports. As usual, the Game Lectures are free and open to the public, so … read more

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The Experience Machine

February 5, 2017

In case you are interested, Stefano's article titled The Experience Machine: Existential Reflections on Virtual Worlds - a more complete and rigorous version of an argument that he originally presented in his recent public talk at IDG - is available on the … read more

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