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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...

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...

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...

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:...

Unearthed Update: Twitch Stream Online

You may have caught this update already on YouTube or Twitter, but the Twitch stream from back in June is now online! It was a great time, and I may consider doing another one of these Twitch things once more of the game moves a bit further along. If you have any questions about the game that weren’t answered in the video, feel free to comment here or Tweet at me. Although I’ve been away...