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Episode 6: Steam and the Value of Videogames

Episode 6: Steam and the Value of Videogames

In this episode, we have with us special guest Austin Walker, a PhD candidate in Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario and formidable freelance games critic. Using the Steam Holiday Auction as a springboard, Walker joins us to talk about the devaluation of the labour cost of games and other creative work in the Web 2.0 era, how platform holders obscure exploitation with "pro-consumer' rhetoric, and what it means to participate in the exchange of capital when people no longer have money. We also ask what can be done, exploring a few potential approaches to online distribution, community-building, and wealth creation that may be turned into viable alternatives to the processes of contemporary capitalism. (

Please check out Austin's writing at Paste and his blog, Clockwork Worlds, and be sure to support his Patreon if you can!

The music for this episode was Frettchenjazzmusik by Armeline Zobelpelz off their album, Hodge Podge.