CategoryVideo Games

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...

Coded Canons: Videogame Alteration Practices and Negotiating Authenticity

This is a conference paper presented at the 2020 History of Games Conference. Iantorno, Michael. “Coded Canons: Videogame Alteration Practices and Negotiating Authenticity.” History of Games Conference, 21-24 October 2020, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland. Held online due to COVID-19 pandemic. Hello, my name is Michael and I am a PhD student in Concordia University’s Communication program...

Sub-Versions: Investigating Videogame Hacking Practices and Subcultures

My master’s thesis, Sub-Versions: Investigating Videogame Hacking Practices and Subcultures, has now been released through the Spectrum Research Depository. Written between 2018 and 2019 under the supervision of Dr Matt Soar, Sub-Versions was completed as part of my MA in Media Studies at Concordia University. The abstract, citation, and full link can be found below. I’ve also written...