Proof of Console: Episode 3 – Animal Crossing’s Bell as Currency

    This is Proof of Console, the show where we find an aspect of a video game or series and examine it through a mathematical or scientific lens to see just how plausible it is.

    What sort of aspects are we talking about? Have you ever wondered how much actual money a golden Jiggy from Banjo-Kazooie is worth? Curious about how plausible space travel in Mass Effect is? Proof of Console is all about using real-world science and math to explain fictional things. No game is too complicated or obscure, and there will almost always be some definitive answer by the end of the video.

    Animal Crossing is such a pleasant life simulator game. The characters are always interesting to talk to and play with, and prolonged time in your village can start to make you feel that you’re living in a real-life town with real-life neighbors. But, is that the only realistic thing about the series? What about its economy? You can’t have a functioning village without a way for goods and services to be traded. And how much is the worth of a Bell, anyway? Is it comparable at all to real-world currency? That’s what we’ll be exploring on today’s episode.

    We always appreciate viewer feedback to make the show as good as it can be; please feel more than welcome in leaving any comments or questions you may have relating to Proof of Console. Also, even though there are a number of episodes in the works for your viewing pleasure, we cannot make these shows without audience suggestions. So please, if you have a question about a certain video game that you want answered, leave it in the comments. It may just show up on the next episode with your name as a credited source!

    The videos in this series are researched thoroughly with only reliable sources, whether those be websites, books, or scholarly articles. In-game information is taken from the developer’s information or well-established wikis. If you want to further discuss the topics or techniques used, you can get involved in the conversation via either the Scholarly Gamers’ Discord Server or over on our subreddit where every article and video from the site is posted.

    Casey Coulter
    A writer, teacher, artist, and all around nerd who has been pumping out stories and comics and drawings since he was six. When not writing, playing, or thinking about video games, Casey teaches high school English and honestly, probably tries to integrate video games in that, too.


    Related articles