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A rather impressive list of videogame currency

It’s Tax Day. If you’re a part of the working class, you (hopefully) filed your state and federal returns. Kids, never mind what we’re talking about - your parents have filed you as dependents because you’re deadbeats who don’t contribute to your family’s income. We jest!

What do taxes have to do with games? Money is earned  and spent in some of your favorite videogames. How else you are you going to buy extra parts for your shotgun or get an extra life? You need the scratch, yo. We’ve found a heap of gaming currency to remind you just how important the green is for videogames.


Used for purchasing weapons like assault rifles and flamethrowers.


Cash for potions, armor, items, etc.


Why didn’t they just say “gold coins?”


Kill some enemies, take their hearts (brutal), trade with gods, get some items.


Collect 100 of these for an extra life. The closest thing in real life is pennies, but those are bronze and are almost worthless.


Purchase items and upgrades by collecting spare building parts. Only in the future are the items that hold shelves together worth something.


Kollektable kurrency used to unlokk extras like outfits and kharakters.


As the national currency of SimNation, the value usually fluctuates between titles. Whether that’s due to real life SimNation market tendencies or just for good ol’ fun hasn’t been specified by developer Maxis.


Standard boring currency. Used to buy items. Move along.


Always popular in apocalyptic wastelands. Used for barter.

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47 comments

  • Baconator96 - April 27, 2009 3:50 a.m.

    We require more vespene gas.
  • lincoln6echo - April 20, 2009 4:18 p.m.

    I'm surprised GR didn't include Credits - , (Star Wars currency) The symbol looked like a seven with two lines through it. Oh well, nice article anyway. keep it up GR.
  • jorhorror - April 19, 2009 3:30 a.m.

    The "legand of zelda" rupees were by far my most favorite. Who thought that one of the most awsome game currency is also the national dollar of Africa?
  • Mindesyn - April 17, 2009 4:48 a.m.

    Im kinda disappointed with the lack of Tales series currency Gald. I mean you got Meseta and Other obscure currency. The Tales series have damn near Dozen games haha. GALD
  • Gotxxrock - April 16, 2009 11:53 p.m.

    Ah... moolah... I miss Oddworld :( Great nostalgic piece here, makes me want to play all these games again and then realize that they're old and stop playing them :D
  • game-thugsta - April 16, 2009 3:59 p.m.

    i lawled at mortal kombat's description
  • Conman93 - April 16, 2009 3:09 p.m.

    What about credits in dead space
  • Bronzus - April 16, 2009 2:12 p.m.

    What about: Studs - Lego (insert franchise) Blisters - Mario Party RSI - Mario 64 DS Death - Cooking Mama
  • Awesomeitude1523 - April 16, 2009 12:50 p.m.

    This reminds me of a funny Shake quote from ATHF: "Cash the friggin check already! don't you know how much this is worth? Cause I do not!" Also "Used to purchase upgrades, weapons, gadgets, gadzooks, hijinks, whatchamacallits and blammo." And, in Racthet 2 and 3, they are used to buy information. Great article
  • drprofessor - April 16, 2009 2:35 a.m.

    "kharakters" made me lawl hard.
  • adertysohck - April 16, 2009 2:25 a.m.

    What about Tales of Symphonia? It's currency is gald. I thought it was just a typo in my game.
  • jamminontha1n2 - April 15, 2009 10:56 p.m.

    Sorry for the double post but bison's main export is obviously pain
  • jamminontha1n2 - April 15, 2009 10:54 p.m.

    @Jacob816 and MacGyver1138 Thanks for the great insight into that butning question of mine. P.S. good luck on your econ final recaptcha: author gwinn I hope they mean Tony Gwinn. what a great ball player.
  • beezn - April 15, 2009 9:50 p.m.

    YAY Bison dollars!
  • kingpin202 - April 15, 2009 9:12 p.m.

    Haha, I remember Donkey Kong and DK 2 with there money. It was fun, I liked the Banana coins and Kremkoins. Great Article. Like always, very creative. =D
  • Ravenbom - April 15, 2009 9:12 p.m.

    No love for the RE4 Pesata? The ubiquitous RE4 merchant sure loved the Pesata.
  • FrozenImplosion - April 15, 2009 8:41 p.m.

    I liked the money system in Luigi's Mansion (gems and other stuff) and i laughed pretty loud at the bratz thing.
  • MacGyver1138 - April 15, 2009 7:07 p.m.

    jamminotha1n2: I'm sure Bison knew. He had the forethought to know that a defibrillator built in to his suit made him impervious to bullets, so I'm sure he thought the money situation through. Because it totally makes sense that a defibrillator can raise you from the dead after taking a shot to the brain.
  • R_U_Guys_From_British - April 15, 2009 7:03 p.m.

    I couldn't help but notice you missed out the "imperial septim" from the elder scrolls games.
  • jamminontha1n2 - April 15, 2009 6:45 p.m.

    on the fact of bison dollars, does bison even know how badly he would throw off global inflation rates if he started distributing a new currency because i don't?

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