What video games can teach us about global economies

Video games can already offer a clear look at some fairly complex human behaviors as they’re expressed in virtual contexts. (Any fan of The Sims can attest to this). However, economists like Yanis Varoufakis are now looking to games like Half Life and Portal as new ways to understand social economics. Varoufakis, who teaches at the University of Athens and holds a position at the University of Texas at Austin, was brought on by Valve to be the company’s in-house economist. Between 2012 and mid-2013, he looked to games as ways to upend and even replace the models that economists use to understand capital and how communities make use of it. As he told Reason Magazine, he came away discovering something startling:

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