CategoryVideo 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...

SummerBound Twitch Stream: Archive

My SummerBound Twitch stream is over! Matt and I entertained about 30 folks over the course of the evening, playing EarthBound and answering questions about the Great White North. It was great fun, and I thank all of the folks who tuned in. Watch live video from StarmanClub on Twitch You can check out the SummerBound main page for more videos, fanart, and more! Now that my portion of the...

SummerBound Twitch Stream: Wednesday June 24

Update: Due to some unforeseen circumstances, I will be streaming on Wednesday June 24 instead of Monday June 22. On Monday June 24 at 9:00pm (EST), I will be collaborating with Starmen.net to participate in the super fun SummerBound celebration. “But what exactly IS SummerBound?” you may ask, with a puzzled expression on your face. It is, in fact, a month long celebration of...

The Extinction of the MMORPG

A few nights ago, I was playing Wildstar with my committed leveling buddy. We had just arrived at Malgrave, the zone where players on the Exile side spend their last ten levels. After collecting twenty cacti from sun-scorched dunes and reducing a species of space bears to nigh-extinction, I couldn’t help but make a offhand remark. “Man, this feels a lot like World of Warcraft.” This...