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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

Summer School on AI and Games

May 20, 2018

IDG director Georgios N. Yannakakis and Julian Togelius are organizing the 1st international summer school on Artificial Intelligence and Games, which will be held in Chania, Greece, from May 28 to June 01 2018. The summer school is dedicated to the … read more

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Death and Macabre Aesthetics in Games Conference

May 18, 2018

On 13 May, Institute of Digital Games (IDG) lecturer Dr Daniel Vella delivered a keynote presentation at the Death and Macabre Aesthetics in Games Conference, held at the Russian State University of the Humanities in Moscow, Russia. Dr Vella's presentation, … read more

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Game Lecture Series - Future Gaming: Creative Interventions …

May 16, 2018

29th May @18h00 at the Institute of Digital Games - University of Malta Game Lectures are held approximately once a month at the IDG and are public, open, free events on weekday evenings which bring together academics, practitioners and enthusiasts with a … read more

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DMU:GAMER Networking Event

May 7, 2018

On 2nd and 3rd May, the GAMER (Games And interactive MEdia Research) group at De Montfort University organized its first networking and collaboration event. The goal of the event was to bring together a diverse group of academics and … read more

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Game Lecture Series - Arcade Tales: British Arcade Play …

May 3, 2018

24th May 18h00 @ Institute of Digital Games Game Lectures are held approximately once a month at the IDG and are public, open, free events on weekday evenings which bring together academics, practitioners and enthusiasts with a common … read more

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Game Lecture Series - Game Technology and Analytics Seminar

April 23, 2018

Game Lecture Series - Game Technology and Analytics Seminar - 25th April 18h00 @ Institute of Digital Games Game Lectures are held approximately once a month at the IDG and are public, open, free events on weekday evenings which bring together academics, … read more

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