Video Game Econ: 6 currencies that make no sense

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Between scouring dungeons for loot, trading with merchants, and paying off shady businesspersons, money is a major component of many video games.

Maybe developers realized that greed is good and that the accumulation of wealth is hugely motivating. Or maybe it's a subtle reminder that capitalism dictates every moment of our lives away from the controller. For whatever reason, a currency counter is always at the top of our inventories.

Out-of-universe, this at least makes sense for some kind of point system. In-game, however, sometimes the cash flow doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Here are a few of the least functional video game economies and the currencies on which they are based.

Published Jun. 16th 2015

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