An Organiser’s Postmortem/Pre-mortem

Organising a Game Jam is no walk in the park. It is more like a mad dash in the woods, without a map, for 48 hours, while being chased by energy-drink fueled bears, cranky because they haven’t hibernated and they also need the wifi password.

What follows is our attempt as organisers to give you a hastily drawn map on the back of your hand, so maybe you can make it out of the woods with less claw marks on your back and bruises on your knees. …

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An understanding of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) is critical to the development of Europe’s children and teenagers into responsible citizens and insightful thinkers that will be able to navigate the complex digital space and effectively contribute to its design.

The “Learn to Machine Learn” project — a three-year Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership in the field of Education — is how we are trying to address these challenges. The project introduces AI literacy to primary and secondary education and uses games to introduce students to the core principles of AI and ML. …

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The famous Chinese philosopher, Confucius once said: ‘I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.’

This list of games to learn Artificial Intelligence while playing is perhaps a little late for him (by about 2500 years), but perhaps still in time for you.

Free Educational Games for Lockdown Learning

Last month we shared our top free educational games for lockdown learning and now, as promised, we have another list of educational games. This time we’ll provide a list of games that teach artificial intelligence, a critical skill for this generation as algorithms are everywhere. …

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The fear of a robot uprising is real. Terrible fictional creations like the Terminator and HAL are clear proof. But when Artificial Intelligence (AI) is taking a day off from becoming self-aware and attempting to destroy the world, it also plays an important role in contemporary video game design.

AI is not as mysterious as a lot of sci-fi makes it out to be. ‘AI’ is an umbrella term that refers to any device which perceives its environment and takes actions to maximise its chance of success at some goal. At the Institute of Digital Games (IDG, University of Malta), researchers are developing programmes that will build weapons and predict the outcome of battles. …

Learning in lockdown doesn’t have to be boring! The list of recommended games by the Institute of Digital Games at the University of Malta to learn in lockdown.

HERE — Game by Prof. Stefano Gualeni, Institute of Digital Games
HERE — Game by Prof. Stefano Gualeni, Institute of Digital Games
‘Here’ — Game by Prof. Stefano Gualeni

Learning and Fun

The games designed at the Institute of Digital Games are based on the latest research related to game-based learning.

The rapid spread of COVID-19 has forced schools to shut down all around the world. Therefore, the Institute of Digital Games is providing a list of educational games developed at the Institute in addition to some resources that may help guide both carers and educators on the use of games in the classroom.

Institute Games — Made at the IDG in Malta

Iconoscope — This game is designed to teach lateral thinking and stimulate visual creativity. It also provides the opportunity to discuss abstract concepts liguistically and visually. Available in English, German, and Greek. …


Jasper Schellekens

Jasper Schellekens is part of the top-ranked Institute of Digital Games at University of Malta. Leading innovative research from Game AI to Game Philosophy.

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