I'm continually impressed by Austin's ability to write about this stuff without coming off as a trust fund having whiney hipster douche unlike 95%+ of games press who tries to write about it.
I agree. Most writers are the white privilege who move to the bay area. There are a few good unicorns left but they are all bitter and waiting for the bubble to burst so everyone fucks off to Texas.
Austin is the right hire at the right time. He's an academic and an academic who did his studies abroad. He's an "other" which makes up a large percentage of gamers. This is the voice a lot of us have been waiting for.