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GB Studio Workshop @ TAG

I will be co-hosting a GB Studio workshop with Alex Custodio from the Residual Media Depot on Tuesday February 4 from 4:30-6:30pm at TAG Lab. GB Studio is a very cool (very free) drag-and-drop game creation tool that lets you export your games online or as Game Boy ROM files. This workshop is very much inspired by work that both Alex and I completed last year as part of Mia Consalvo’s Games...

Generate Randomized Game: The Ambivalences of Online ROM-Patching Applications

This is a conference paper presented at the 2019 Symposium Histoire du Jeu  (Game Histories Conference) in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.   Iantorno, Michael. “Generate Randomized Game: The Ambivalences of Online ROM-Patching Applications.” Game History Symposium, 17-19 Nov. 2019, Stationnement Grand Quai, Montreal, QC. This presentation is titled Generate Randomized Game:...

I Can’t Find The Words

I Can’t Find The Words is a prototype created for Mia Consalvo’s Games and/as Research-Creation graduate class at Concordia University. It explores the research question: “Can certain established videogame mechanics (namely, navigating 2D game space and speaking with NPCs) be co-opted to create an effective metaphor for the social anxiety caused by living with a speech impediment?” The prototype...

One Page Dungeon Contest 2019

The One Page Dungeon Contest returns once again! As we are wont to do, my brother and I crafted an entry for the competition – our fourth submission in the last six years! We decided to keep things a little looser this time around, incorporating gnomes, squid, and pseudo-science into our adventure. Following a total system failure, Captain Huxley recruits a team of adventurers to salvage...

Ephemeral Games and Ambiguous Rights at Pause Button

Pause Button is an online publication about technology and culture published by the Milieux Institute at Concordia University in Montreal. The digital magazine aspires to produce high quality writing about technology and culture in a Canadian context, taking advantage of the connections and resources available within Milieux’s various research clusters. For their fifth issue, Who’s...