Um, so… have you played Hypnospace Outlaw? If so, great; If not, here is a brief introduction:
Hypnospace Outlaw is a simulation game created by Jay Tholen, Corey Cochran, and Xalavier Nelson Jr. in which you play an enforcer of the rules in “Hypnospace,” a 90’s-style version of the internet that happens while you sleep. In your role, you meet a teenager named ZANE_ROCKS_14 who constantly breaks the rules on copyright infringement and harassment because he genuinely wants the world to know about his favorite bands, his horrible self-penned comics about himself as a superhero, his made-up girlfriend. He’s a little Toerag.
Anyway, ZANE_ROCKS_14 is now ZANE_ROCKS_36 (although he is actually 37)and he releases a game called Slayers X: Terminal Aftermath: Revenge of the Huntress, and we have to interview him. Cute!
Zane Lofton is an enigma wrapped in mystery wrapped in a really cool guy. Zane Lofton’s dictionary definition is just a picture of someone doing a really sick kickflip on a flame-painted skateboard. Zane Lofton is what we all want to be. But only who is Zane Lofton?
We managed to get an interview with the elusive, controversial figure to try and answer the question on everyone’s lips, and got to know Zane about his time with Hypnospace, his love for metal band Seepage and his new game asked: Slayers X: Terminal Aftermath: Revenge of the Huntresswhich is in contention for “Longest Title of 2022” alongside Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth and Demon Slayer – Kimetsu No Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles.
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Nintendo Life: What were your main inspirations for Slayers X: Terminal Aftermath: Vengance of the Slayer?
thanks…my main inspiration for Slayers X is this comic I’ve been drawing since I was 14…all in notebooks and with over 100 characters the most complex comic ever…but there’s action too and some of it is really messed up. In one part a guy explodes and I see his eyeballs fly out… not for kids…. it’s about the X Slayers… started by Hackblood Master Mikey Sykey, who started it all and unleashed the power when he found a Hackblood Talisman. he is also the lead singer of the band Seepage… In summary I would say that the inspiration is my comic book Slayers X and great music like Seepage
Can you explain this title to us?
OK. first… Slayers X is the name of the comic…. The X Slayers are a team of elite heroes who meet in a secret underground base called The Steel Sewer… it’s located under the city of Boise. they fight against the Psyko SINdikate…led by the evil The Sipher…. Anyway, terminal means “final destruction” or something like that and aftermath is like after a flippin bomb goes off and the streets are cracking and smoking everywhere…that’s great. “Vengance of The Slayer” is the last part and it’s about my character who is the last X Slayer because the psykos killed everyone else and this is my revenge…. I will get them back. To recap… I called it that because of my comic book name, because it’s like after an explosion, and because I’m the last X-Slayer.
What do you think of the term “boomer shooter”?
There are big flippin explosions in every level so it’s not wrong but I’ve never heard of it before
What engine did you use to create SX:TA:VOTS?
It is based on Killbox Studios’ 1995 Kataklysm game engine. This game was awesome so I started making maps in 1998 and my friend Adam Chase who was my best friend in high school was a nerd so he programmed to help me use custom enemies…. I re-learned NeoVision 3D between night shifts at my job to make them look even better… Adam Chase is helping finish it because he promised when we were about 18
Did you collaborate with Seepage to introduce their music?
yeah… which is great, they saw people making fun of my fan art and that I put Mikey Sykey (the lead singer) in my comic and he noticed and said I could use his songs and he will even do the voice. the tables have turned…they tried to tear me down but I only got stronger
How is the gaming scene in Boise, Idaho? Do you have a lot of local support?
I don’t know….. I have a kid and I’m a manager at the big Dollar$aver in south central Boise so I don’t have time to hang out with nerds, bwl… I work the graveyard shift so I sleep or hang around with the little guy when they have the meetings
A rich Brit is going to publish this game…you can tell he’s loaded just by talking to him
Will you be attending gaming events like GDC and Gamescom with Slayers X?
I’ve never heard of it but that would be great… a rich Brit will release this game… you can tell he’s loaded just by talking bwl to him…. Maybe he can send one of his business jets to take me to one
True Zane_Rocks_14 fans will remember you from the old days of Hypnospace. What would you like to say to these longtime fans?
Since they started this hypno space archive I’ve been getting loads of fan mail but sometimes I think they aren’t serious and fake fans… you know my comic I drew when I was 15 is there… this is where Slayers X comes from… the origin of everything… it’s cheesy in a great way… … but to the real X Slayers out there I say keep rocking… and if you’re too messed up and twisted for this world you can come The Steel Sewer and you will find your people
Rumors are resurfacing on gamer forums that you had a “fake girlfriend” as a teenager – and that the girlfriend in question was actually you. What do you say to these allegations?
thsts stupid….ever heard of a “prank”? Nobody fakes having a girlfriend unless they’re lame. I’ve seen how far I could go with my pranks and that’s why it took 20 years for people to notice… I’ve tricked everyone for 20 years. next.
In the gaming industry, who do you think has got game and who is way lame?
Killbox & Kataklysm 1, 3 & 4 have game play. Kataklysm 2 Microtrooper sucked and no one could play it because it needed an expensive 3D card
Steve & Debra Doe White sucks and pretty lame because they just make shit games that nobody really likes but pretend they like because it’s supposed to be smart but just plain boring.
Has life changed a lot for you now that you are about to become a world famous game developer?
I have a babysitter 2 afternoons a week so I can work on this game and I have some new X Slayers in my Steel Sewer chit chat group now…. Aside from my kid, they are my best friends and make great art…. I can’t believe so many people are into Slayers X, it’s making my dreams come true…. Hopefully I can leave Dollar$aver and shut down my boss bwl
I can’t believe so many people are into Slayers X, it’s making my dreams come true…. hopefully I can fire Dollar$aver and take out my boss
What is the most sick and twisted thing you put in the game?
The psykos broke into my secret base and blew up the hackblood pipes and leaked the hackblood into the sewers causing the shit to come alive.
and they shoot corn at you… so you’re basically fighting your own Dookie
There’s also a gun called the Explosive Sludge Launcher that shoots cans of sewage that blow up enemies if they hit them, but it also drops sewage, which causes rats to come and help you fight the enemies.
and you can talk to the rats….
There’s a guy by the name of Jay Tholen trying to take credit for Slayers X who honestly comes across as a jealous loser. Did you have any contact with him at all?
I think he’s a delusional fan who thinks he’s part of Big Z Studios (my game studio) because he always acts like he knows how we make this game, but he gets it wrong all the time, bwl… I don’t want to be mean to him if he’s kinda messed up in the head
Thank you for your time and good luck with the release of Slayers X!
thank you… you are great
Hypnospace Outlaw is out now on Switch. Slayers X: Terminal Aftermath: Vengance of the Slayer doesn’t have a release date yet, although the Steam page says “5OON”, so… 5oon.
https://www.nintendolife.com/features/an-interview-with-zanerocks36-the-cool-dude-behind-doom-style-shooter-slayers-x An interview with ZANE_ROCKS_36, the cool dude behind DOOM shooter Slayers X