Michael Iantorno PhD Candidate, Game Designer, and Writer

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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...

Unearthed Demo: One Month Retrospective

Last month, I made the decision to release a demo of Unearthed. Although Unearthed may seem like a innocuous little game project, it did pose some moral and legal concerns. Should I worry about receiving a cease and desist from Nintendo? Is it okay to post an IPS patch or ROM online? Would it be better to release nothing until the entire project is complete? Obviously, I decided to go forward...

Unearthed (EarthBound Hack) Demo Release

Unearthed Demo (vCS108) (requires a SNES Emulator) After many years of development, I’m happy to announce the release of a public demo of Unearthed. Covering the first few areas of the game, it features between 1-2 hours of gameplay. Many thanks go out to all the folks in the PK Hack community for helping out with the project, and to my brother for writing most of the game’s dialogue. Note:...

Podcast #6 1/2: Let’s Play Super Smash TV

Every week Michael, Mathew and Geoff chat about video games, pop culture and movies while playing a pair of vintage games. The first game each week is a surprise; selected by Michael and not revealed until the beginning of the podcast. The second is an ongoing game, selected by Matt and Geoff and played in segments. This week’s one and only game is Super Smash TV for the Super Nintendo...

Tales from the Retrozone

Last week a long-anticipated parcel arrived in the mail for me. Thanks to the good folks over at Retrozone, I’m now the proud owner of a USB Super RetroPort. This handy adapter allows me to plug-and-play any authentic SNES controller into my PC through a USB port. The unabashed glee this trinket has provided me may account for the derelict status of my blogging over the past week and a half...

Michael Iantorno PhD Candidate, Game Designer, and Writer