TN readers must hear the phrase ‘But it’s just monopoly money’ all the time. This seems to pre-suppose that Monopoly money is not worth anything, but it is. 1 Monopoly Dollar is worth about US$ 0.000231176 (if my sums are correct).
Phaa! You say.
But hold on just a moment. That’s about the same as the cost of C&C Plat right now, half as much as a There Buck and a heck of a lot more than EvE Isk.
Oh, I wish he had a table comparing the cost of Monopoly money with a basket of Virtual currencies I hear you shout. Well dear reader over the fold at least one of your wishes shall come true.
Before we get to comparison, here is how I worked out the worth of Monopoly money. It’s very simple and yes it ignores the fact that since 1935 about 200 million sets have been sold, so there’s certainly a money supply out there. I simply went to the Hasbro web site and found that each set contains bills with a face value totalling $15,140, and that replacement money (which I take to be a full set) is $3.50. The rest of the figures I got from around the web.
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EQ II (Gold)
Lineage 2 (Adena)
Guild Wars (Gold)
Anarchy Online (Credits)
I almost adjusted Virtual Currencies down to Copper where they were in Plat, but that would have just been a bit obsessional and geeky. I've no idea yet what this table tells me, if anything, other than - don't underestimate the Monopoly $.