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Humans of Gaming 126 | Shane Neville of Bunker Punks on Compulsion Loops and Parenting


About This Episode

Shane Neville of Bunker Punks joins Drew and Chris this week to talk about his gaming career and a little bit about his current projects. The conversation turns to compulsion loops found in gaming that lead to addictive behavior as seen with Fortnite. The trio talk about the stumbling blocks for parents involving games of this kind including the need for involvement, the basic knowledge of how the industry works, and the intentional design of the compulsion loop.

The second half of the show reflects on Shane’s years growing up in Battleford, Sask. in Canada. Raised in the small rural town where the traffic jams were Sunday afternoons instead of 5pm on weekdays, Shane discovered that not everyone goes to church once he arrived at college. While no longer identifying as a Christian but as an atheist, Shane talks about his belief in the goodness inherent in humankind as well as the unconditional love of his mother and the affect of leaving the faith on a religious family.

Humans of Gaming 126 Resources & Links

Here’s what defenders of Fortnite refuse to accept – and it’s ruining an industry that’s supposed to be fun, Business Insider Australia

Buster Punks, Official Site

Shane Neville, Official Site / Twitter / Tumblr

Theme music by Jay Tholen.

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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 '90s, 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 audiobooks and podcast production services.

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