Michael Iantorno PhD Candidate, Game Designer, and Writer

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Unexceptional Consoles

Unexceptional Consoles, a paper Alex Custodio and I wrote about relatively uncelebrated videogames, is now up at Game Studies. We talk about Radioshack TV Scoreboards, Pong-likes, early handhelds, and more! This article is part of our ongoing work at the Residual Media Depot, where we catalogue, maintain, & modify computers and videogames. This article proposes the study of unexceptional...

Mod Guide: New-Style SNES RGB Bypass Amplifier

This summer, as part of our activities with the Residual Media Depot, Alex Custodio and I are modding several videogame consoles while closely documenting our work. The goal of this project is to create a series of succinct, approachable modding guides that detail the tools and techniques needed for hardware modding. New-Style SNES RGB Bypass Amplifier A common way to send video from a Super...

Mod Guide: Woozle Game Boy Advance Consolizer

This summer, as part of our activities with the Residual Media Depot, Alex Custodio and I are modding several videogame consoles while closely documenting our work. The goal of this project is to create a series of succinct, approachable modding guides that detail the tools and techniques needed for hardware modding. Woozle Game Boy Advance Consolizer The Game Boy Advance Consolizer...

Mod Guide: Solar-Powered Game Boy Pocket

This summer, as part of our activities with the Residual Media Depot, Alex Custodio and I are modding several videogame consoles while closely documenting our work. The goal of this project is to create a series of succinct, approachable modding guides that detail the tools and techniques needed for hardware modding. Solar-Powered Game Boy Pocket This modding project is an adaptation of the solar...

Mod Guide: Game Boy Pocket FunnyPlaying IPS LCD

This summer, as part of our activities with the Residual Media Depot, Alex Custodio and I are modding several videogame consoles while closely documenting our work. The goal of this project is to create a series of succinct, approachable modding guides that detail the tools and techniques needed for hardware modding. Game Boy Pocket FunnyPlaying IPS LCD Installation This week, we returned to the...

If You Don’t Like the Game, Change the Rules: Alternative Modes of Videogame Production

In the fast-paced world of video-game development, grueling crunch and toxic work environments have long been a problem. If You Don’t Like the Game, Change the Rules: Alternative Modes of Videogame Production is a research project facilitated by Game Arts International Network that studies how worker co-ops, unions, and other alternative working arrangements have emerged in response to...

Mod Guide: Game Boy Pocket Backlit LCD

This summer, as part of our activities with the Residual Media Depot, Alex Custodio and I are modding several videogame consoles while closely documenting our work. The goal of this project is to create a series of succinct, approachable modding guides that detail the tools and techniques needed for hardware modding. Game Boy Pocket Backlit LCD Installation Our first modding project involved...

Book Review – Game Wizards

My book review for Jon Peterson’s Game Wizards: The Epic Battle for Dungeons & Dragons is now live at Press Start! Press Start is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal for multidisciplinary game studies. You can read the full article for free, but I’ve also included a short excerpt below: No disrespect toward Jon Peterson’s prior work, but his latest foray into the history of...

Michael Iantorno PhD Candidate, Game Designer, and Writer