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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

Blog What we have been up to lately

IDG BOARDGAME NIGHT (November the 22nd)

November 15, 2023

After a (very) long break, the Institute of Digital Games' much-loved Board Game Nights are back - now in collaboration with board game development studio Mighty Boards! This event is open to the public, bring your friends to try out some new board … read more

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THE CLOUDS: Book presentation in Athens

November 14, 2023

The Games Programming department of SAE Athens invites you to the presentation of the book "The Clouds: An Experiment in Theory-Fiction" by Stefano Gualeni! On Monday, November 20 at 18:00 (Malta time), University of Malta Professor, writer and game designer … read more

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Dual guest-lecture from the University of Silesia

November 13, 2023

On Wednesday, November the 29th, the Institute of Digital Games is proud to host a double guest-lecture with speakers hailing all the way from Poland (University of Silesia in Katowice). In this 1-hour event, Magdalena Bednorz and Dr. Bartosz Stopel will be … read more

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Alternative Ways of Philosophizing (Workshop in The …

November 2, 2023

IDG's own Prof. Stefano Gualeni will be keynoting a provocative philosophy workshop in The Netherlands on the 28th Of November 2023.The philosophy department at the University of Tilburg is organizing an event that specifically looks into … read more

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November the 8th: Souls Games as Myths

October 30, 2023

On Wednesday the 8th of November at 16.00 (IDG lab), game scholar and IDG's good friend Dr. Dom Ford (University of Bremen, Germany) will offer a guest lecture on narrative aspects of the beloved action-adventure dark fantasy series of the … read more

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The Clouds, a novella

September 19, 2023

Our Prof. Stefano Gualeni just released a new book with Routledge! This work is titled The Clouds and is a philosophical sci-fi novella that takes place in Malta. One of its scenes is even set in the University of Malta! The Clouds is a unique kind of … read more

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