Pietro Polsinelli

Game designer, narrative designer and software developer

I am a game designer and developer, working on applied (a.k.a. educational) and commercial games. I am the director of Open Lab.


I have designed, written and sometimes coded many applied games, presented here. I have also written a book on applied games in Italian.

I have designed (in the sense of game designed), directed and coded (as solo dev in Unity) two commercial games:

Football Drama

Roller Drama

In the course of these developments, I have studied and experimented widely with narrative design. I am teaching a course on narrative design at IULM University and also writing a short handbook titled “A narrative Design Toolbox”, whose techniques you can preview on the dedicated Homer website.

Few facts about life

I was born in Pavia in an Anglo-Italian family; I have dual Italian/British nationality. I have been interested in programming languages since I was 14 (it was 1981), at the time I was in London and I discovered the existence of accessible computers, the Sinclair ZX 80-81. Since then I have been interested in programming languages, recursion theory, mathematical logic, models of natural language, axiomatizations of mathematics, and studied mathematical and philosophical logic at various universities. I also tried to work at theorem proving in set theory as a pure mathematician, but at the time I was too confused to continue with that.

Logic, linguistics & philosophy

1 year grant for foreign studies from Florence University to Carnegie Mellon University.

1988-1995. Studies in Philosophy and Mathematical Logic in the University of Florence; thesis in Mathematical Logic on “Y. Moschovakis. The formal language of recursion. The Journal of Symbolic Logic, 54, 1989”. Researches done for University of Ghent (Belgium) in Artificial Intelligence and computational models (European degree in Mathematical Logic, 1992). Post graduate fellowship from University of Florence granting one year in Carnegie-Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA, USA), and Universitè Paris VII (France), Department of Mathematics, for studies in Logic.

Worked in software development for enterprises and games, doing a lot of stuff as you can see above.

I currently live in Florence with my partner Laura, a graphic designer, and our two children.

I have practiced Shintaido, a body movement art, since about 1998.

Get in contact

You can follow me on Twitter @ppolsinelli. You can write me at ppolsinelli@gmail.com.