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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.

Read our latest report: IDG Annual Report - Academic Year 2021/22

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

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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 … read more

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Science in the City 2020 - Machine Learning for Kids …

December 15, 2020

Science in the City is usually Malta’s premiere science event, with the bastions of Valletta coming alive with all kinds of interactive science demonstrations, performances and talks. People can wander between the Maltese balconies and chat directly to the … read more

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"Not your grandmother's intellectual" - …

December 11, 2020

The Institute of Digital Games Digital Humanities Research Group examines what games are, what they do, and how we experience them. Current research threads include tracking and mapping the differences in representation between traditional fiction and virtual … read more

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Learn to Machine Learn through Games - A Science in the …

November 10, 2020

Science in the City has shifted to a virtual format this year. And while we will miss showcasing our work and have people engage with our research in person, this year does offer us an opportunity to settle down and do a more focussed … read more

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What does it mean to be another? The relationship of player …

October 27, 2020

Earlier this month, Dr. Daniel Vella was invited to deliver an online talk for the Centre of Excellence in Game Culture Studies (CoE GameCult), a joint venture of the Universities of Tampere, Jyväskylä and Turku (Finland), and one of the … read more

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Bringing gamification to real life sports - Online and …

October 27, 2020

Where does the game start and reality begin? The Institute of Digital Games will be part of kicking off the discussion organised by the new platform for football matchfinding @ LEET. @LEET is a platform for amateur sports enthusiasts to come together, … read more

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