Game Theory: Fallout Bottle Caps are Worth HOW MUCH?!?

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Fallout 4 is coming...and I can't wait. So while I wait for the newest installment in the Fallout series, let me tell you a tale of a young Fallout fan named GatorMacheteJr. and the deal he made with Bethesda. He traded in BOTTLE CAPS for a pre-order of the game. But did he get his money's worth? What did he ACTUALLY pay for his copy of Fallout 4? The answer is shocking!

Fallout 4, please come now!

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Micah Nicolay
Doesn't the screenshot of the gold bar in-game show a weight of 10 ounces which would make the 510 ounces used for the calculation wrong?
Carter Sharpnack
I think I like the fiction😭
MatPat you did a mistake converting the caps to money from today.
you have the caps, you convert it in gold, you take the gold to the divergent date, you get the dollars (the point here is exchange currency for currency, the gold is only a intermediate), then you take that dollars to our present

and that is how you know the value of the caps in our economy
Gigavolt Pikachu
12:00 I died!
Cosmedian Gamer
Btw when I first heard in the MC diamond armour video that gems and such are measured in carats I thought he said carrots.
I was like,"I can get diamonds for carrots? Why are there so little carrot farms lol?"
eyyyy June eleventh is my birthday! :P
But if the bottlecaps in the fallout-games are backed by water in the same way that money today is backed by gold wouldn't that mean that by activating project purity (Which is canon based on dialouge from Deacon who mentions that the water in the capital wasteland is drinkable.) you are destabilizing the entire currency or at least on the east coast?
Sonya Patel
It's 2017 money!
Walnut's Adventures
No You're Left...
So it would take 100 bottle caps to make a dollar?
anonymous anonymous
bludgeon someone with it hits gajin goomba (yells) nooooooooooo
Emerald Nightingale
Hey MattPat, here's an interesting theory for you. Why not look into the Cryo-Stasis pods of Vault 111? I mean, Shaun was an infant at the time of being frozen, and we see him bursting into tears as soon as he's "thawed". Now, I don't know about you, but I feel like that less-than-12-month-old infant should be dead from that experience.
PsychoWolfVASS -Animation-

You used the price of 1961 bottle caps to calculate how much this guy payed with current times caps.
"how about todays money? whats it look like in 2015?"

Samurai Jake244
this guy needs to know how much puns and easter egges and he says and dosent no it
Slightly Unusual Penguin
its $1.67 USD
vid starts at 2:43
Walden D'Essai
What about production cost; doesn't that add to the value
mcbutternuggets 1991
That Segway into the promo tho
you cant do a conversion with gold because the price of gold fluctuates even if you account for inflation. if you used water instead of gold and converted based on that you would probably get that all those bottlecaps are worth a total of $0 since you can get free water in the USA now
Gage Lyons
Actually not 1961 or whatever but 2077 is correct
Gabriel Maciel
Goddamn, I just hate this video in many ways.
guilherme augusto
gold has its value due to some of its properties and because its kind of rare, not because people agree on
You jumped around so much omg.
Vault Boy
Yus I'm in this video yass
Itz Yo_ Boii26
thats a whole lot for a whole little
Turns into some of ad... I'm disappointed 😞
Kaizo Kiba
Matt iquit school for you TEACH ME TEACH ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
One word BATH
Comic Sansy
I didn't know MATPAT knew Community!
Marlin Glave
I click on the Fallout Headshot video and it said that it has been removed. Are The Game Theorists trying to get it back on or will it stay down?
Kids Phongsa
for me I'm in 2017.
Vance Biondo
oh yes ctap cash
nathan sfarcioc
Flaw in your logic

The currency is based on scarcity so you would have to estimate the number of bottle caps of the time and how much might of been destroyed

Precious metals are only expensive because there are so little of them
Brad Baldys
Matpat, I have to disagree with your statement that silver and gold are arbitrarily valuable. We assign value to most goods by scarcity. Gold and silver are both very rare compared to other materials. Therefore, they are "worth" more. In contrast, bottlecaps are made of very cheap, flimsy, and common metals (usually aluminum).
meme lord 256
wait but the gold would cost more because it's not being made in a post apocalyptic wasteland
some kid
Sole Survivor: War Never Changes....

Solid Snake: War Has Changed.....
can i get a hoiyah
What room is that at :51 id really like to know
Seth Human
Love the vids
Seth Lewison
My name is seth :F
Jesse Thompson
A gallon of gas costs $120 in fallouts universe... Did you really not account for the inflation?
2:54 what is that music sound called I fricking love it 😍
Hans Rückschnat
You calculated the value of the caps in the real world just by taking into account the cost of the material (steel), you didn't include the other costs of production such as labor and utilities along with other capital. All of the manufacturing costs put together give a final value to the cap much higher than the one you calculated. BTW, I loved the video and the research that you did but, I would have loved to have seen a complete calculation.
Fraser Souris
Great, it's gonna take me 1.99997 x 10^9 caps to graduate
Well, at least 2240 caps are worth a copy of Fallout 4
Ravior Metal
World War 2 never ended?! In the Fallout Universe, the COLD WAR never ended! Not WW2!!!
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But mat, what about the 200ish years that have passed because of bombs an stuff, and how that chances the gold pricing?
Charismatic Batman
actuallt i would rather pay real dollars instead of paying it with lifetime caps collection that is pretty cool
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