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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

Go Go Gozo 2016

May 13, 2016

The Go Go Gozo Erasmus course has just been completed for 2016, with the participation of IDG teaching staff and IDG students. In this 10-day course students and faculty alike play - with research, with field courses, with methodologies - and find … read more

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Sound Mapping Workshop at Go Go Gozo 2016

May 11, 2016

"What spaces do sounds occupy? And what are the characteristics of the Gozitan soundscape?" These questions have been the subject of a workshop held by IDG Assistant Lecturer Costantino Oliva as a part of the Go Go Gozo Erasmus course. The EU funded project … read more

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FORETELL Launches Introduction Video

May 6, 2016

The FORTELL project recently launched an introduction video to highlight the goals of the project. FORETELL is a collaboration between European Universities including researchers from the Institute of Digital Games. Through the use of gameful virtual worlds, … read more

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Dr. Stefano Gualeni - Campus FM interview

April 27, 2016

This week, an interview with Dr. Stefano Gualeni's was broadcast on the frequencies of Malta University's own radio station: Campus FM. The interview touches upon Stefano's on-going research projects, his book that was published last year, … read more

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Game Lecture: Jana Wendler

April 25, 2016

In our first May game lecture, Jana Wendler (University of Manchester / Playfuel) will be covering her work on designing and playing games in urban environments, and what features of this type of play (not considered in digital games) we … read more

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Three years of the Institute of Digital Games

April 20, 2016

Interested in what we've being doing over the last three years? 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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