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ROMchip – See You Next Mission: An Analysis of the Super Metroid VARIA Randomizer

I’m excited to announce that my journal article See You Next Mission: An Analysis of the Super Metroid VARIA Randomizer has just been published in ROMchip. I have long been fascinated with videogame randomizers, and this piece conducts an in-depth analysis of the popular VARIA Super Metroid randomizer – an online application that  remixes the game. “In order to play games in new...

Class and Games Writing Catch-up

It’s been a while, so I took some time this week to update the research and writing sections of my website. Although my overall pace has slowed a bit this year due to obvious reasons, I have been slowly pumping out work for the ongoing Class and Games research project I’m part of alongside a number of cool and talented people. I already posted about All in a Day’s Work: Working-Class...

Double Bootlegs: Reproduction Cartridges of Videogame Hacks

This is a conference paper presented at the 2021 Canadian Game Studies Association Conference. Iantorno, Michael. “Double Bootlegs: Reproduction Cartridges of Videogame Hacks.” Canadian Game Studies Association Conference, 31 May – 4 June 2021, University of Alberta, Canada. Held online due to COVID-19 pandemic. Hello, my name is Michael and I am a PhD student in Concordia University’s...

So We Printed Our Game Book

Last week, I finally picked up the first print run for The Elephant in the Room: Feat Taxes in Pathfinder. Printed by RapidoBooks in Montreal, and designed to mimic the Dungeons and Dragons splat-books of the 1990s, each book is 40 pages long and features all of the rules presented in our online document. Why a print run? My brother and I undertook this little book-making endeavour as both a...

The Elephant in the Room: Feat Taxes in Pathfinder (Third Printing)

The Elephant in the Room v3.0 (Download) In 2018, my brother and I published a PDF version of our Pathfinder feat tree, designed to encapsulate and expand upon the modifications suggested in our original blog post. Entitled The Elephant in the Room: Feat Taxes in Pathfinder, the document features a re-imagined version of the entire feat section found in the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Core...