Michael Iantorno

PhD Candidate, Game Designer, and Writer

I am a FRQSC-funded doctoral candidate in Concordia University’s Communication program where my research focuses on videogame afterlife, fandom, and intellectual property law.

My ongoing academic projects involve studying socioeconomic class representations in videogames, cataloguing the Residual Media Depot’s enormous research collection of early home computing technologies, and documenting the emergence of videogame randomizers. I am currently a student representative for the Technoculture, Art and Games lab, an active member of Dr Mia Consalvo’s mLab, and a research assistant at the Residual Media Depot.

a game boy camera picture of michael's face, up close and personal

In my spare time, I make videogame hacks, craft tabletop RPG campaign settings, and pet my cats a whole lot. My projects have received thousands of downloads and have been featured in books, contestsblogs, and more.

My recent work includes: See You Next Mission: An Analysis of the Super Metroid VARIA Randomizer in the December 2021 issue of ROMchip, an essay chronicling Gina Hara’s AI The End residency project entitled Loneliness and Legacy at the End of the World, and a series of Game Boy modding workshops undertaken as part of the Milieux Solar Media Project.