I have done my fair share of social/political/historical academic and professional work, and honestly I frequently reflect on how truthfully listening to Austin fucking Walker talk about video fucking games has been one of the most formative intellectual and personal activities in my day-to-day life. I have always resisted getting too wrapped up in the parasocial relations we build with our favourite podcasters and content creators, but it’s truly remarkable to me just how much I have been influenced by this random dude I first encountered making bad rockets in Kerbal with Alex and Vinny.
What a wonderful ride this stupid Waypoint thing has been / will continue to be. I am deeply grateful for every second of it.
Edit: and I should add, or course, I am extremely excited whatever good bullshit Austin comes up with next. Just thinking about all the Friends at the Table lore and the possibilities are endless. That kid can go far.