Michael Iantorno

PhD Candidate, Game Designer, and Writer

I am a FRQSC-funded PhD candidate in Concordia University’s Communication program whose research investigates videogame histories, game industry labour, and intellectual property law. My dissertation explores SNES/SFC preservation, reproduction, and hacking practices.

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

In addition to my academic work, I hack/mod old videogames, develop TTRPGs as one half of Mammoth Island Games, and write about games and the people who make them. My projects have been showcased in books, radio programs, conferences, and more.

This year, you can see me talking about videogame history and industry labour at: SCMS (March 17), GDC + Lost Levels (March 18-22), R-Cade (April 19), the Open Hardware Summit (May 3), CGSA (June 15-18), and DiGRA (July 1-5).

Feel free to reach out if you are looking for a guest lecturer or workshop facilitator, need someone for a podcast or news story, want some reading recommendations, or would just like to say hello! The best way to get in touch is through email (michael.iantorno@gmail.com).

Recent Work

an excerpt from a larger book cover, featuring a painting of a dragon spewing fire on a hapless bearded warrior.Reflections on the OGL: An Interview with Ryan Dancey
Book chapter in Fifty Years of Dungeons & Dragons (2024)
An image featuring logos from CSN and Game Workers Unite Montreal, with the white text "unite" written under themGame changer: A labour group in Québec is pushing for a province-wide video game workers’ union
Feature article for The Conversation (2024)
an orange and yellow box for "Radio Shack Electronic TV Scoreboard"Unexceptional Consoles
Journal Article for Game Studies (2023)
a cartoon illustration of a person wearing a pink hoody with little devil hornsIf You Don’t Like the Game, Change the Rules: Alternative Modes of Videogame Production
White paper for Game Arts International Network (2023)
a set of red dungeons and dragons dice like on a character sheet, in front of a bookContent creators and corporations clash in Dungeons & Dragons licensing fiasco
Feature article for The Conversation (2023)
Background Checks: Disentangling Class, Race, and Gender in CRPG Character Creators
Journal article for Games & Culture (2023)
Michael Iantorno PhD Candidate, Game Designer, and Writer