By Stephen Sammartino
Everyone is now familiar with the sliding value of the US dollar. But if you were in any doubt, the enterprising souls at men’s magazine Maxim have established (through some amusingly elastic syllogisms) that seven video game currencies are stronger than the US dollar. For instance, a Rupee in The Legend of Zelda is, according to Maxim, worth US$3, because 100 rupees = a magic shield and a “crappy shield on eBay = $300”. A Sim dollar (Sim City) is worth US$611,000, as an in-game baseball stadium can be bought for 1,000 Sim dollars and the new (real-life) Washington Nationals stadium cost US$611 million. It’s enough to make our friends across the pond nostalgic for the heady ’90s (though not quite nostalgic enough to put a Clinton back in the White House).
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