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Prof. Gordon Calleja
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Prof. Gordon Calleja

Prof. Gordon Calleja

B.A.(Hons.), Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Institute of Digital Games
Institute of Digital Games Building
University of Malta
contact+356 2340 3500

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Dr. Gordon Calleja is Associate Professor and the Head of the Institute of Digital Games at the University of Malta and visiting Associate Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen's Center for Computer Games Research, which he headed for four years before moving to Malta.

Gordon has a background in Game Studies, Literary Theory and Media Studies. His current research focuses on digital games and addresses three broad areas: game ontology, narrative in game environments and player experience. The latter is the focus of his recently released book by MIT Press: "In-Game : From Immersion to Incorporation" which investigates what makes digital games engaging to players and a re-examination of the concept of “immersion”.

Supplementing his written work, Gordon also designs boardgames and digital games. The first digital game he published is "Will Love Tear Us Apart", a game adaptation of Joy Division's cult track. WLTUA has received international acclaim for its unique game design approach and aesthetics and has been covered extensively by publications such as Rolling Stone Magazine, Spin, Fact, Consequence of Sound, PC Gamer, Polygon, Kotaku and Kill Screen.

Research Interests & Publications

Research Interests

  • Game Studies
  • Player Experience
  • Game Narrative
  • Digital Literature


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