Study has now shown which video game characters are in the financial 1%
Money. It is something that we all have to deal with on a daily basis. For most of us, we rarely have enough. Money can be a stressful element in the real world, but in video games it’s a little less intimidating (considering most of the time it usually hangs out here and everywhere waiting for us to collect it). Games are a great way to get taken to a fantasy world or space, but it’s also a fantastic way to make everyone’s most wanted dream come true – financial stability. Personally, I like to pretend that I am part of the financial elite in gaming by collecting all the forms that currency takes in the game I play and accumulating them unnecessarily. It seems I can’t get rid of the need to be incredibly careful, even in a fictional world. But if that did come true, which characters would be considered part of that percent? The online financial service NetCredit actually took the time to research various video game characters, in-game currencies, currency caps, and their values to come up with a list of characters that would be on the actually rich list. We will take a look.
Of course, the Mario coin collection takes the top spot with an insane total of over $ 800 billion to its name. Does that make him the Jeff Bezos of the video game world? Maybe, but I don’t want to send Mario into space forever. Seats two and three are taken but Ratchet and Clank – thanks to those bolts estimated to be worth around 65 cents for a total of just over $ 450 million – and Commander Shepard of the Mass Effect games- with a credit equal to about 16 cents and an estimated value of over $ 6 million. 800 billion to 400 million then 6 million are pretty big value jumps, so I think it’s safe to say that if these characters were real and their values correct, Mario would be our supreme overload with Ratchet and Clank as his commander in Second and Commander Shepard as their staunch henchman. Even Sonic the Hedgehog is only worth around $ 4 million (to say that only $ 4 million seems so wrong) despite all this collection of rings and with each ring estimated at $ 58. Maybe it’s because he has such a tendency to let them down. Although if the rings were really worth that much, I have a feeling he wouldn’t put himself in so many situations where he could drop them all the time.
Some other inclusions in the rosters are rich kids Sora – the 14-year-old protagonist of Kingdom Hearts– whose Munny currency is estimated at $ 1 and 30 cents per person in the game – worth nearly 200 million and the 10-year-old Pokémon Trainer – whose Pokémon dollars are estimated at 0.0075 cents – worth $ 525,000. The final places are taken by Cloud Strife from Final fantasy series, Banjo- Kazooie, Link of The legend of Zelda (I’m surprised he’s only worth a little over $ 100,000 with all that broken pot), Geralt of Rivia from The witcher games, Spyro the dragon and Donkey Kong. I think there is only one thing to determine from this list: this is Mario’s world and we all live there. Take a look at how the in-game currency estimates were made and which games in the series are most valuable in the images below. For the full article on NetCredit, check it out here.