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Humans of Gaming 143 | Xalavier Nelson, Jr. of Hypnospace Outlaw on Horrible Puns


About This Episode

Xalavier Nelson, Jr. of Hypnospace Outlaw talks about the seedy alt-right boar game stores of Italy, underground folk dancing rings, and how puns and horror games have more in common than people might think.

Xalavier started his path in video games at the age of 12 by reading a review of a Duke Nukem game and being enthralled with the idea that reviewers could receive free copies of games. The next several years saw him writing about his favorite games, especially from Bandai Namco whose receptionist was on a first name basis with him. He eventually started his own site, Video Games and the Bible as a reaction to the lazy and negative use of religious stereotypes in video games across all faiths. At the ripe age of 17 he declared he was done with writing about video games and decided that before he hung up his writer’s pen, he would make one game himself which became All Hail The Spider God, a simple text based adventure game.

The last half of the show focuses on Xalavier’s youth, growing up in a Christian household as well as being homeschooled by a very tight knit family learning important cultural touchstones such as MC Hammer. He has lived in Italy, South Korea, and many other places while infiltrating underground folk dancing rings and neo-Nazi board game shops north of Naples, Italy.

For more from the Hypnospace Outlaw team, check out our interview with lead designer Jay Tholen

Links from the Show:

Hypnospace Outlaw – GoG.com

Videogames and the Bible – Official Site

Cargo Commander – Official Site

All Hail the Spider God – Official Site

Xalavier’s Official Games





Episode Hosts

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.
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.

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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