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Elliott Iannello

A born and raised Appalachian, Elliott is a software engineer by day and wannabe game designer by night. A WVU alumni, he co-founded Parable Game Studios in 2016 with a mission to create small and meaningful digital experiences and to use game design as a teaching mechanism for youth in his area. When not working or playing video games, he enjoys running, strumming the guitar, and reading. Elliott is also a big fan of Star Wars puns.

Drawing Out Fear: Mastery, Legacy, and Service in The Boy and The Heron

Elliot Iannello dives into Miyazaki's final masterpiece, "The Boy and Heron" — a deeply personal journey blending fantasy with poignant symbolism, capturing a legacy of lessons woven through a mesmerizing, symbolic narrative.

Overcoming Cynicism in Elden Ring

“A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.” – Oscar Wilde    As I watched the download bar sloth its way across the flicker of my screen, I thought this purchase would be a waste of my hard earned dollars. A victim to the hype and marketing, […]

Grappling with Darkness in Diablo II

There is more to Diablo II than grabbing loot and slaying monsters--those with eyes to see will find a redemptive message about endurance in the midst of trial.

The Power of Communion in Ted Lasso

Ted Lasso is more than a dumb American football coach struggling to coach soccer: he is a picture of what it looks like to value people over progress.

Help for Harried Parents of Gamers in Taming Gaming

Taming Gaming helps frustrated parents navigate video games as well as harness the power of play for their good of their children.

The Art of Learning From Failure in Hades

Failure can be frustrating in the moment, especially when mentors let us walk into it. Hades shows how it can be used to ensure that lessons learned last.

What is an Honorable Life? Grappling with Ghost of Tsushima’s Samurai Code

What do you do when your beliefs conflict with your conscience?

The Power of Neighborliness: Why Joker Needs Fred Rogers

A comparison of Todd Phillip's take on Joker and Mr. Rogers, reveals the danger of loneliness and the power neighborliness to change our narrative.

Justice and Vengeance in Destiny 2: Forsaken

Destiny 2: Forsaken has Elliott thinking about when justice becomes vengeance and the difference between the two.