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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

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Princeton Review - IDG in Top 25 Postgrad Programmes 2019, …

December 31, 2020

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Game AI - Research collaboration with Massive Entertainment …

June 19, 2019

Is it possible to predict the motivation of players just by observing their gameplay data? Even if so, how should we measure motivation in the first place? To address the above questions, on the one end, we collect a large dataset of gameplay data from … read more

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Global Game Jam NEXT - Games Education for the NEXT …

June 18, 2019

Global Game Jam Next, is a Game Jam organised for people interested in making games (be it videogames, board games, or card games…) who are under 18 years of age. It is basically the younger sibling of the Malta Global Game Jam. This year we're running a … read more

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Play Games for Science! Video games in Education Research

May 29, 2019

Call for Participation in Study: Play Games for Science! We are inviting anyone under the age of 19 to participate in a study at the Institute of Digital Games at the University of Malta. The study involves playing a digital game and … read more

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Game Philosophy at University of Malta: Virtual …

May 16, 2019

Techne', one of the leading academic journals in the philosophy of technology, released today Virtual Subjectivity: Existence and Projectuality in Virtual Worlds an academic article by the IGD's Dr. Daniel Vella and Prof. Stefano … read more

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AI and Games: Playing & Designing Games through …

May 10, 2019

The Institute of Digital Games is thrilled to have Dr.Sebastian Risi Associate Professor – IT University of Copenhagen and Co-founder -, speaking as part of our Game Seminar Series. He will present some of their work on creating agents that can … read more

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