It's not simply about being nice, or even generous, explains Valve economist Yanis Varoufakis in his latest blog post, the snappily named TO TRUCK, BARTER AND EXCHANGE? On the nature of our digital economies . In it, he discusses things like the role of gifts as a way of proving dominance, pure vs. impure exchanges, and the role of gifting in the current Team Fortress 2 economy.
It's interesting stuff, if not exactly light reading. Perhaps imagine it read out by the Heavy?
CREDIT TO ECONOMY! I think you'll agree. Check out the full post here.