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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

Blog What we have been up to lately

On Deceptive Game Design - Game Talk Session by Prof. …

April 11, 2021

On April the 29th (17.00 CET) Prof. Stefano Gualeni will be presenting some of his new work in one of the GAME TALK sessions (Universita' IULM, Milano). Building on the notion of the Implied Designer (developed together with Dr. Nele Van de … read more

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Deep Learning Algorithms for Games - The Power of Pixels …

March 9, 2021

The pixels and sounds of emotion! What if we could detect emotions in a general, user-agnostic fashion? Is it possible to capture human emotion solely by looking at the pixels of the screen and hearing the sounds of the interaction? No sensors, no access to … read more

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IDG finalist at the 2021 ION Game Design Awards!

February 3, 2021

Construction BOOM!, a tile-laying board game developed at the Institute of Digital Games as a satire of the local construction industry has just been announced as a finalist of the Game Design Excellence prize at the American ION Awards (in Salt Lake City, … read more

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

January 15, 2021

We're hiring! Work with us at one of the leading game research institutes in Europe! The Institute of Digital Games runs a number of EU funded projects at the intersections of game artificial intelligence, computer-aided design, affective … read more

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Princeton Review - IDG in Top 25 Postgrad Programmes in …

December 31, 2020

Used with permission. ©2019 TPR Education IP Holdings, LLC. The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University. For more information about reprints from The Princeton Reviewvisit PARS International Corp. at www.TPR-licensing. … read more

CURIO - An Educational Game Toolkit for Primary School …

December 21, 2020

The Institute of Digital Games is proud to announce the official launch of CURIO! CURIO is a 2020 free, educational toolkit funded by Erasmus+. The project and its attending research were led by our own Prof. Stefano Gualeni! It empowers teachers with an … read more

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