Longterm Investments

Longterm Investments

Longterm Investments

by Steve Napierski to Comics

I was thinking about the exchange rate between money in different video games. I mean 100 coins earns you an extra life in Super Mario Bros. and 100 rings earns you one in Sonic the Hedgehog, but is an extra life in one worth the same as one in the other? And if they are weighted differently what would the exchange rate be between the two? And what about rupees and other forms of currency in various video games? Someone with a lot more free time on their hands should plot this out on a chart.

Had fun doing the artwork on this comic. Tried to make it have the feel of the art from Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks. And did about 95% of the comic in Photoshop. That’s about 90% more than I normally do.

That’s about it for now. I’ve got some fun ideas for next week. Just haven’t decided if Monday with be an extra long comic or an animation. It’ll be fun either way.

See you then!

Discussion (9)¬

  1. Meatwad
    Meatwad says:
    February 4, 2010 at 12:59 am #

    I liked the big thumbs up at the end there.

  2. Yams
    Yams says:
    February 4, 2010 at 3:25 am #

    Maxim actually ran an article a while back comparing video game currencies to the USD which was a pretty interesting read. Unfortunately, links to the post now just result in an error. No idea if they’ll ever pull it back up.

  3. ouroboros
    ouroboros says:
    February 4, 2010 at 4:37 am #

    Please tell me that the money changer in the third panel is the one from Quest for Glory 2 and I will have a complete nerdgasm!

  4. Shanebob
    Shanebob says:
    February 4, 2010 at 12:46 pm #

    @Yams I remembered reading that article, too, and after a bit of digging I came across a link that still works.
    http://www.maxim.com/gaming/articles/56918/7videogamecurrenciesstrongerthantheusdollar.html

  5. ImpofthePerverse
    ImpofthePerverse says:
    February 4, 2010 at 2:25 pm #

    I notice there’s no mention of Animal Crossing’s Bells on there.

    I did try to find out how many bells are worth to the pound (I’m British), but gave up as a shovel, fishing rod, watering can, axe and bug net are all 500bells but there prices in pounds are incredibly different. I eventually concluded that Tom Nook is EVIL!!!!!!

  6. Sheepykins
    Sheepykins says:
    February 4, 2010 at 7:08 pm #

    I’ve pondered this myself too….but using real life examples…
    in zelda, 200 rupees might buy you a bitchin’ shield, but in Indian rupees all you might be able to buy is a small child for your sweat shop

  7. BrokenGeek
    BrokenGeek says:
    February 5, 2010 at 9:13 am #

    When I read this comic initially, the Mentos commercial music just popped into my head. That’s all I see now in that last panel.

  8. Ferahgo
    Ferahgo says:
    February 5, 2010 at 12:54 pm #

    This makes me think of a cartoon I drew a few days ago that’s a joke on the fact that in India, a “0″ rupee actually exists: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2354/2229872504_5c47e8a50c.jpg

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v222/randomprecision/chest_was_guarded_by_fifty_lizalfos.jpg

  9. Falos
    Falos says:
    February 6, 2010 at 10:10 am #

    “someone with a lot of free time on their hands should plot this out on a chart”

    Oh great, now you’ve done it. You just know someone’s gonna tackle it.