Michael Iantorno PhD Candidate, Game Designer, and Writer

Local Nerd Quoted In Campus Newspaper

A few months ago I was contacted by a Ryerson journalism student to contribute to a feature story about LARPing, and the stigmas attached to the oft-maligned hobby. Admittedly, I don’t quite remember all the topics we covered, but I do recall chatting about LARP’s relationship with role-playing and table-top games, as well as some general “nerd culture” issues.


 While compulsively searching my name in Google last week, I noticed that the story had gone live on the Ryerson Eyeopener’s website sometime in March. I am only featured for the briefest of moments, uttering some generalities about LARP and nerd culture, but it was still nice to contribute to the piece. LARP has always fascinated me due to the dedication of its participants, as well as the shame that is placed upon it by the rest of the gaming community. It can be a polarizing hobby!

And just a reminder: if you need someone to speak on nerd culture in Toronto, feel free to get in touch with me. I’ve been involved in the city’s gaming scene for a long while, and even if I don’t have the information/opinion you are looking for, I can certainly hook you up with someone who does.

Some bonus content: you can check out this unfortunately named interview that me and director Alon Isocianu did for the Eyeopener waaaaay back in 2004. It is about the now defunct One Minute Film Festival, and it misquotes me somewhat, but it was my first mention in any sort of publication so I will always treasure it.

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Michael Iantorno PhD Candidate, Game Designer, and Writer