If you wish to perceive wealth consolidation beneath late capitalism, look to the stalk market. Three weeks in the past, I used to be sitting fairly in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. I had slightly over 600,000 bells, sufficient to purchase principally something I wished within the recreation. Moderately than take pleasure in my nest egg, nonetheless, I fell for the siren track of Daisy Mae, wandering my island with white gold on her head. I put all of it in turnips, and by the tip of the week I had 2 million bells. I did it once more the subsequent week, and the week after that. I’ve now obtained 6 million bells within the financial institution with all my loans paid off, even the largely pointless final one. It doesn’t matter. I purchased turnips right now. The extra bells I’ve, the extra bells I could make. Extra bells, at all times.
It looks like Turnips on this recreation are supposed to act like one thing of a dangerous asset. They price some huge cash, and if you happen to promote on the proper time, you may perhaps double your funding. Promote on the mistaken time, nonetheless, and also you’ll wind up taking hefty losses. Wait too lengthy, and your return shortly drops to zero. Typically, if you happen to’re very fortunate, you may get a large windfall by promoting at 6 instances the price you obtain at. Such instances are uncommon. You should use Turnip calculators to foretell developments, however there’s not a lot upside in a down market. Some weeks and also you may not see a revenue in any respect.
That’s the perfect system, I feel. That’s not the way it works within the recreation proper now.
The issue is, everybody within the recreation has a unique price on their island, which implies that on any given week there isn’t a scarcity of gamers experiencing a large price spike, and anybody who needs can go promote on that island. It’s straightforward to think about a world the place these gamers are tougher to search out, but it surely’s not the world we’re residing in. Hop on Turnip Exchange, Twitter, Reddit, Discord, actually any outdated social community: you’ll discover a solution to offload your turnips at 500+ bells a pop.
So the upshot is that not solely is there by no means actually any motive to lose cash on turnips, there’s by no means actually any motive to not see a colossal return, sufficient to show even essentially the most average fortune into a real hoard inside two weeks. The remainder of the financial system is meaningless subsequent to turnips, the one true solution to construct wealth, akin to working for minimal wage whereas merchants shift fortunes worth more cash than you and everybody you’ve ever met will see of their lifetimes. Positive, you may get a Tarantula for 8,000 bells, promote it to Flick for 12,000. How quaint. I can get three million from one journey to the Nook Brothers. However that’s good about your tarantula.
I wish to assume Nintendo thought to incorporate this depiction of a dangerously lopsided financial system in its recreation on function, although it appears unlikely. Extra doubtless is that the developer simply didn’t fairly rely on the impression of widespread social media on its in-game shares and by accident made a recreation that simulates the important imbalance between capital and labor. I’ve no turned my financial consideration to much less tangible property, like artwork and uncommon flowers. However I’ll preserve amassing bells, as a result of even in a digital world I can not stretch my creativeness far sufficient to a spot the place I’d not need more cash.