#1 Posted by Masha2932 (1237 posts) -

The folks over at Game Informer have put-up a nice article detailing currency conversion in video game worlds. http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2011/11/03/currency-converter-calculating-video-game-exchange-rates.aspx  
 

 
  
 
  

 
It's an interesting concept and it would be nice to know what you guys would buy in the real world based on your experience points and levels in the above games?  
   
Please state  your countries currency and its relation to the American dollar to make it easier to understand. 
 
For example I live in Australia and-                                     
 
                                                                           1 Australian Dollar= 1.05 US Dollars   
                                                                            
                                                                            According to Game Informer 1 US Dollar = 8.93 rupees 
 
                                                                           A happy Meal in Australia costs $4.95 which is $5.15 US dollars  
 
                                                                           Since 1 US dollar is 8.93 rupees then a happy meal in Australia costs 49 rupees.
                                                                           
                                              
 

Also I was wondering If we could do something similar with other games. For example what is the real world cost of  
 
1. The bolts in Ratchet and Clank 
 
2. Souls in Demon's/Dark souls  
 
3.  Sonic's rings
 
4. Other games

#2 Posted by Agent47 (1894 posts) -

Wow....uuhhhh I don't know what to say....

#3 Posted by Inkerman (1448 posts) -

This is pretty neat, although I think the Fallout comparison is misleading, given it's post-apocalyptic and so resources are worth more than in the real world. Perhaps a better comparison would be to the Depression, or in Somalia or post-Soviet Russia.

#4 Posted by Twitchey (865 posts) -

Considering I have 20,000+ caps in Fallout New Vegas I'd say I'm okay.

#5 Posted by CornBREDX (4456 posts) -

considering currency in games is so much easier to get 49 rupees isn't really that much so that's not that bad.

#6 Posted by Jack268 (3387 posts) -

That's million bucks.

#7 Posted by RobertOrri (1088 posts) -

Hyrule's economy is broken. Rupees can be found lying in the grass.

#8 Posted by Patman99 (1543 posts) -

Wow that's a pretty cool article. People in the fallout universe must carry around a shit ton of bottle caps....

#9 Posted by Vinny_Says (5630 posts) -

I stole every single one of those 36 gold bars from the casino in Fallout dead money....guess they weren't worth that much

#10 Posted by Slag (3339 posts) -

Clearly Princess Zelda has a hyper inflation problem. She should tell the King to fire that Agahnim chief advisor guy he seems kind suspicious.

#11 Posted by MooseyMcMan (9739 posts) -

Cool.

But how does it compare to Brad Bucks?

#12 Posted by RollingZeppelin (1857 posts) -

Hmmm, so in Starcraft, for a 90% chance you're going to die as a marine, they pay you $500,000. It's a risk/reward issue I suppose.

#13 Posted by themangalist (1675 posts) -
@RobertOrri said:

Hyrule's economy is broken. Rupees can be found lying in the grass.

Sonic's gold rings would be worth SHIT then.
#14 Edited by Guided_By_Tigers (8060 posts) -

Man Pokemon dollars are almost worth less than the Vietnamese đồng....cool article thanks for posting

#15 Posted by Video_Game_King (34603 posts) -
@RobertOrri said:

Hyrule's economy is broken. Rupees can be found lying in the grass.

To be fair, that's how most economies functioned under metal/mineral-based currencies. You found an abandoned mine, and EVERYBODY WAS RICH!
#16 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8060 posts) -

@RobertOrri said:

Hyrule's economy is broken. Rupees can be found lying in the grass.

They also regenerate meaning they really should be worth next to nothing.

#17 Posted by prestonhedges (1965 posts) -

Pretty sure Lon Lon Ranch milk is high-end milk, not regular-ass department store brand

we're talking five dollars, not one

#18 Posted by Crabs_on_the_beach (42 posts) -

@Unknown_Pleasures said:

Man Pokemon dollars are almost worth less than the Vietnamese đồng....cool article thanks for posting

Only I could take that sentence and make a visualization of everyone in the Pok'emon world passing penis around like currency. Also Mexicans must make a pretty good living in the Hyrule universe.

#19 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8060 posts) -

@__Ab4iFuRu18__: Well Vietnam's currency situation is a joke, so no wonder there currency is called the đồng.

#20 Posted by GreggD (4443 posts) -

Isn't a goddamned glass jar in Hyrule like 100 rupees?

#21 Posted by MasturbatingestBear (1174 posts) -

Lon Lon Milk isn't just some regular-ass milk. Thats quality. Also Rupees can be found all over Hyrule. In Ocarina of Time there are shooting galleries where the targets are rupees!

#22 Posted by Video_Game_King (34603 posts) -
@MasturbatingestBear
 
Everybody knows that the King of Hyrule is a far right conservative. There aren't as many huge mountains as you think; the King just built a huge wall to keep the Mexicans out. (Because apparently, Hyrule borders Mexico.)
#23 Posted by project343 (2807 posts) -

Whoa. My brain. :X

#24 Posted by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG (4307 posts) -

Goddamn...

#25 Posted by iam3green (14388 posts) -

pretty interesting stuff. 
 
i figured that's how they find how much everything is. i use to do things like that when i thought of that.

#26 Posted by FlyingRat (1445 posts) -

Isn't the symbol next to the pokemon dollars the symbol for simoleons? As in the currency of the sims?