The Trouble with the Video Game Industry | Philosophy Tube

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Adam Schaff, “Marxist Dialectics and the Principle of Contradiction,” in The Journal of Philosophy
Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations
Folding Ideas, Manufactured Discontent and Fortnite
Freidrich Hayek, The Road to Serfdom
Grace Blakely, Stolen: How to Save the World from Financialisation
Jerome Roos, “Rentier Capitalism Does Not Come With A Reset Button,” in New Statesman
Jim Sterling, An Epic Problem
Jim Sterling, Are Automated Bots A Deceptive Con?
Jim Sterling, Blizzard is Pathetic
Jim Sterling, Game Companies Avoid Paying Millions in UK Taxes
Jim Sterling, How Game Companies Abuse Passion
Jim Sterling, Rockstar Is Just Another Tax Ducking Corporate Parasite
Jim Sterling, The Deadly Spiral of Live Services
Jim Sterling, The Epic Brutality of Unchecked Capitalism
Jim Sterling, The Problems With The Epic Store
John Stuart Mill, “Errors and Truths On A Property Tax”
John Stuart Mill, Principles of Political Economy with some of their Applications to Social Philosophy
John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism
Karl Marx, Capital
Lao Tse, Tao Te Ching
Martin Wolf, “Why Rigged Capitalism is Damaging Liberal Democracy,” in The Financial Times
Michael Sandel, What Money Can’t Buy
Video Games and the Global South, ed. Phillip Penix-Tadsen
Vladimir Lenin, Imperialism: the Highest Stage of Capitalism
Vladimir Lenin, On the Question of Dialectics


‘Sanity of the Sterling Jester’ by kind permission of Nathan Hanover
‘Goosalavania – Olly Edit’ by JerryTerry
‘Born Depressed’ by Drill Queen. Special thanks to Randy Kovacks, who is very handsome

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  1. Alexis Franklin on March 11, 2020 at 5:52 am

    ‘Can you imagine having sex without one?’

  2. Bugseph Bunnin on March 11, 2020 at 5:52 am

    I need a second part o this

  3. jor223 on March 11, 2020 at 5:54 am

    Why does a hat need a corset

  4. Suleiman The Magnificent on March 11, 2020 at 5:54 am

    You’re kinda cringe 😬,
    you’re just vibbin tho

  5. Purple-Smart Heart on March 11, 2020 at 5:55 am

    "Dialectics, really boring philosophy stuff, nothing to see there"

    >Natalie Wynn would like to know your location

  6. Thun Fish on March 11, 2020 at 6:02 am

    Does someone know where i can get a cheap roof?

  7. Jack Gude on March 11, 2020 at 6:03 am

    3:45 You can tell that life is better because everyone is on antidepressants

    EDIT: P.S. – I wanted to say thanks for introducing me to Jim Sterling, who is, in fact, the man
    P.P.S. – Can you talk about Dark Souls? I don’t care if you don’t have anything new. It’s just my favorite… thing… out of them all… So yeah I mean I can promise that I’ll watch it at least

  8. Belo Horizonte on March 11, 2020 at 6:05 am

    For a gamer and anime fan like me, this guy it’s really a pride!

  9. Heinz Guderian on March 11, 2020 at 6:05 am

    "stop putting politics in my champagne"

    *Oliver thorn’s ancap alter-ego*

  10. D Tay on March 11, 2020 at 6:06 am


  11. Zara Gordon on March 11, 2020 at 6:07 am

    Is it just me or does Oli look great as a vampire?

  12. Ghost Fox on March 11, 2020 at 6:08 am

    Holy shit your voice is fantastic. Time to become a voice actor.

  13. Jannis Tenbrink on March 11, 2020 at 6:09 am

    I almost started screaming when I heard Grunty’s Lair theme from Banjo Kazooie play.

  14. Emma Brennan on March 11, 2020 at 6:09 am

    Cool but kinda surreal to see Zero Punctuation in a Philosophy Tube video

  15. Supreme Snek on March 11, 2020 at 6:10 am

    lol wtf am i looking at?

  16. Hidetaka Koizumi on March 11, 2020 at 6:13 am

    Damn, Jim, you lost a lotta weight. Don’t overdo it.

  17. Frizz Ellen on March 11, 2020 at 6:13 am


  18. Kaitlin Russell on March 11, 2020 at 6:13 am

    Ha! Is Bethesda actually based in Bethesda, Maryland? I always thought that was a coincidence!

    Aw, no, I googled it, it’s based in Rockville, Maryland. 🙁

  19. Salvador Mota Alvarez on March 11, 2020 at 6:14 am

    Anyone care to explain why an anarchist is getting a paid advertising on a video?

  20. economicist2011 on March 11, 2020 at 6:14 am

    I spent years spouting the libertarian party line about free markets and how only abolishing the state and transitioning into an anarcho-capitalist society would bring about peace and prosperity. Imagine my chagrin when I realized that we already live in the anarcho-capitalist paradise I’ve been pining for most of my adult life. Governments are corporations like any other, only they specialize in security provision and branch out into other industries like education and wealth redistribution insofar as economies of scope make such activities improve their ability to provide security in a fashion their constituents can tolerate.

  21. chum bucket on March 11, 2020 at 6:14 am

    …anyways let’s hear from our sponsor, an entertainment subscription featuring content that doesn’t exist yet …

  22. Роман Хопов on March 11, 2020 at 6:15 am

    Комментарий к видео

  23. Anatoly Novikov on March 11, 2020 at 6:20 am

    I was eating an orange while watching this video with subtitles on. At 24:53 I read the word "loan" in advance, my fingers slipped and I dropped the orange. Loans are scary.

  24. KingArthurII on March 11, 2020 at 6:21 am

    Jim sterling cosplay much?

  25. jethrow1511 on March 11, 2020 at 6:21 am

    tl;dr: gaming should turn people into socialists and not altright drones

  26. Stephen O'Malley on March 11, 2020 at 6:21 am

    and sometimes, the fellas all waiting in line all decide they can up the price together and we have no choice about it but woooo freedom

  27. tenchimuyo69 on March 11, 2020 at 6:22 am

    Being American, I’m used to house prices just… never rising and maintenance just drained my money anyway.
    Couldn’t even sell it at low value so I just started living in the house I was renting instead.
    I’m sure landlords can still be a parasite in a way, especially slumlords, but when you actually have to put money into keeping up a building because its expected of you by law or document, its hard to take seriously an accusation that I was the parasite who was making money I never actually saw any of.

    People don’t talk about maintenance as if its production even though its still expensive and requires labor. Because when its done, it doesn’t always look like you’ve produced anything, because the building or bridge or whatever was already there. The crack in the slab wasn’t noticed by anyone but the person paying.

  28. Philosophy Tube on March 11, 2020 at 6:23 am

    Gamers rise up

  29. BJDAFENIX on March 11, 2020 at 6:24 am

    Lost a lot of weight and got a new voice jim im impressed thank god for you, now i have boglins for pogs…. in all seriousness theres no one more predatory than games industry drugs are less exploitative.

  30. Martin Moore on March 11, 2020 at 6:27 am

    So refreshing to have an articulate, intriguing and of course politics free moment!

  31. Boredfan Gerrude on March 11, 2020 at 6:28 am

    Honestly, the video game companies need to have gamers as investors and not people who don’t play video games in order for them to be accountable.

  32. R Lee on March 11, 2020 at 6:30 am

    "Why make something new when you can just own stuff that already exists?" – Toby Fox, trying to decide on a final boss song for Undertale

  33. Giga on March 11, 2020 at 6:30 am

    What is this shameless Jim Sterling rip-off in the thumbnail..

  34. Sean Miller on March 11, 2020 at 6:30 am

    That outro song was fucking batshit good lmao

  35. Keen Beams on March 11, 2020 at 6:31 am

    You got it backwards, Khajiit are stealthy and High Elves are proficient in the arcane arts.

  36. António Machado on March 11, 2020 at 6:36 am

    commodity fetishism everywhere!

  37. Li'o the noob of everything on March 11, 2020 at 6:37 am

    1526 Libertarians, Minarchists and Ancaps disliked the video!

  38. Luccaluke on March 11, 2020 at 6:38 am

    You fucking mad man actually comissioned a Megalovania-Goosebumbs remix… I’m in awe of your powerlevel!

  39. Koen Ahn on March 11, 2020 at 6:38 am

    Outstanding video. Well explained. Thank you.

  40. Sinthioth on March 11, 2020 at 6:38 am

    Blood for the algorithm, from shaking hands with the future.

  41. The Game Councilor on March 11, 2020 at 6:39 am

    Judea… r.i.p.

  42. Kirk MacQuarrie on March 11, 2020 at 6:39 am

    peepee poopoo

  43. London England on March 11, 2020 at 6:45 am

    I work in the game industry. I don’t play the games we make because I know how addictive they are (not in a good way). So I wouldn’t recommend anyone to play anything that takes away more than an hour a day from their life.

  44. TheMullerClan on March 11, 2020 at 6:47 am

    After watching some of Jims videos I missed earlier the algorithm was like:
    "There’s no more Sterling videos left! let’s recommend him this one, the thumbnail has someone in Jims costume at least..
    Well, I just found another youtube gem! Very very good job, from content over costumes to the credits: just enjoyable through and through!

  45. H PS on March 11, 2020 at 6:48 am

    Nice easter egg btw (on the map at the start there’s a town called "Ganondorf").

  46. Boredfan Gerrude on March 11, 2020 at 6:50 am

    Good video.

  47. Salty Squid on March 11, 2020 at 6:50 am

    background music: (is from banjo kazooie)
    my fucking brain, every fucking time: I AM PAINIS CUPCAKE.

  48. jimbobbyrnes on March 11, 2020 at 6:51 am

    RIP Totalbiscuit

  49. leelyon4321 on March 11, 2020 at 6:51 am

    Is the end theme on this a mashup of the Goosebumps TV show and Megalovania?

  50. nombre poco original on March 11, 2020 at 6:51 am

    No black guys here
    Ok no politics here move on

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