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Humans of Gaming 122 | Matthew Rhoades of The Banner Saga on Empathy and Organized Religion


About This Episode

Matthew Rhoades, the lead designer on The Banner Saga, joins Drew and Chris this week. With credits including the much beloved Spider Man 2 from Treyarch (before they only made Call of Duty), Matthew talks about his admiration for the new Spider-Man from Insomniac, how he feels games can teach empathy, and how he has a lot of respect for BioWare’s Mass Effect trilogy.

In the second half the talk turns to Matthew’s formative years as he was raised in house that was not religious and encouraged him to make his own decisions in life leading him to the secular humanist stance he has today. The trio reflect on his feelings on the tribalism that is found in the western church and politics.



Episode Hosts

Chris Gwaltney
Chris is the Chief Executive Nerd of LTN and co-host of Humans of Gaming. He loves his wife and games. He lives in Ventura, California with his wife and his games.
Drew Dixon
Drew is the Chief Content Nerd for Love Thy Nerd and the co-host of Humans of Gaming. He is also the editor of Explore the Bible: Students and co-hosts the weekly CaPC Digest podcast for Christ and Pop Culture. Drew has written for Paste Magazine, Relevant Magazine, Christianity Today, WORLD Magazine, and Think Christian. He lives in the Nashville, TN area with his wife and their three children.

Episode Producer

Jonathan Clauson
Chief Audio Nerd
Starting with Clear Channel Radio in the 90's, Jonathan has worked in audio and marketing for 20 years. Credits include stints at EA Tiburon, Christianity Today, Christ and Pop Culture, and freelancing as voice talent for audio books and podcast production services.

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