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 2020/21
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.
Blog What we have been up to lately
Institute of Digital Games Alumnus Jean-Luc Portelli's research is featured in the most recent issue of THINK Magazine. He describes Spectrum, a tool he designed for the creation and analysis of game ideas. Read more about his research and findings … read more
Which came first: the chicken or the egg? This talk by IGD's Stefano Gualeni will settle this issue once and for all. This upcoming public talk, part of the Cafe' Scientifique talk series is titled: ‘Chicken and Egg’ philosophical play with thought … read more
We are happy to announce that a Case Study was accepted to CHI 2017, co-authored by IDG staff Antonios Liapis. The paper, titled "Board Game Prototyping to Co-Design a Better Location-Based Digital Game", discusses the rationale and process of iteratively … read more
The Game Lecture series continues on Tuesday 28 February 2017, with Valéry Bollier discussing the concept, design and technological infrastructure of Daily Fantasy Sports. As usual, the Game Lectures are free and open to the public, so … read more
In case you are interested, Stefano's article titled The Experience Machine: Existential Reflections on Virtual Worlds - a more complete and rigorous version of an argument that he originally presented in his recent public talk at IDG - is available on the … read more