This blog entry will basically compare the real monetary cost of some popular in-game items in SNW and SGE. Of course, there are other factors relating to game costs. For example, SNW has premium services and SGE has Adelina's Booty Search, but these are very different things and thus difficult to compare. Instead, this will just examine buying Gold/G-Points and the costs of cash shop items. (Note that prices may change without notice.)
Sword of the New World
Based on the pricing at Shattered Crystal, each unit of G1 Code has a consistent price of USD 0.0125. Using the cheapest and largest package deal in G1 Marketplace, each unit of Gold requires 0.64 unit of G1 Code (3200/5000). Thus, each unit of Gold costs USD 0.008 (0.64 x 0.0125). This value will be used to determine the price of cash shop items below.
Singapore Granado Espada
Using the best deal out of IAHGames iCash Cards, each G-Point costs SGD 0.000857 (60/70,000). According to Yahoo! Finance, the exchange rate for 9 Feb 2009 is SGD 1 = USD 0.668. So, each G-Point costs USD 0.000573.
|Cash Shop Item*||Gold||USD||G-Point||USD|
|Veteran Scroll x3||1,275||10.2||9,900||5.7|
|Expert Scroll x3||1,350||10.8||13,200||7.6|
|Upgrade Accelerator x10||275||2.2||5,500||3.1|
|Enchant Booster x20||425||3.4||4,400||2.5|
|Ancient Area Pass (1-day)||125||1.0||2,200||1.3|
|Veteran +5 Lacquer||625||5.0||13,200||7.6|
|Veteran +6 Lacquer||725||5.8||16,500||9.4|
|General +5 Lacquer||475||3.8||9,900||5.7|
|General +6 Lacquer||575||4.6||11,000||6.3|
Note (*): These item names are used in SNW. They are known differently in SGE - upgrade accelerator (enhancement booster), enchant booster (enchantment tranquilizer), quarter slot (barrack slot), ancient area pass (ancient territory pass), lacquer (impervium), etc.