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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

eCrisis: Game Toolbox and Didactical Methods

February 27, 2018

This is a seminar event for primary and secondary school educators. The purpose of the event is to introduce educators on the principles of game-based soft skill training, creative thinking and reflective debate and its importance to school … read more

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Game Lecture Series - Better living through game design - …

February 12, 2018

16th Febraury 2018 @ 18h00 @ 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 … read more

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IDG Hosts the Malta Global Game Jam for the 6th time

February 1, 2018

The Global Game Jam is a creative event where you team up with other people to make a playable game in 48 hours. On the 26th to 28th of January this year, jammers made games in more than 295 sites in 60 countries! The Malta chapter of the Global Game Jam was … read more

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CANCELLED - Game Lecture - Susan Gold - 5th February

January 18, 2018

NOTE: This lecture has been canceled as Prof. Susan Gold is unable to travel at the moment. Stay tuned for more Game Lectures coming up and we hope to welcome her once again sometime in the future. Susan Gold - 5th February 2018 - … read more

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CURIO Kickoff Event (Jan 19th)

January 6, 2018

In case you are interested in games, education, curiosity, and game design, the international team behind project CURIO (‘A Teaching Toolkit for Fostering Scientific Curiosity’) is excited to invite you the CURIO Kickoff Event which … read more

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Interview on 'playable philosophy'

December 13, 2017

Dr. Stefano Gualeni was interviewed by Radio Beckwith (Turin, Italy) on topics concerning his works on ‘playable philosophy’ and the experiential and existential relationships we can establish with virtual worlds. The interview, titled 'Videogiochi … read more

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