Yahoo – new version of board game staple Monopoly will ditch the dice and paper money in exchange for an ominous computer tower that monitors player activity. Hasbro unveiled the product –somewhat ironically dubbed “Monopoly Live” — at this week’s Toy Fair in New York, reports The New York Times.
The ten-inch tower sits in the middle of the game board, using infrared technology to keep track of the action while barking out instructions to players. Move one too many spaces? The all-seeing eye computer tower will know. It even rolls the (virtual) dice for you.
Thankfully, the core element of the Monopoly board — the location of properties — has remained unchanged, so you can still set up your favorite hotel chains, land on free parking and scoop up dough by passing “Go.” But say goodbye to that brightly colored Monopoly money and those Community Chest and Chance cards — if it’s made of paper, it’s pretty much gone. Instead, players will buy and sell properties by holding their hands over special decals and will check their accounts by inserting ATM cards into the tower.
Screw you Hasbro, I will NOT be buying this game. Why? Because I’m always the banker and the one and only thing I like about Monopoly is stealing $500 from the bank when no one is looking. You take away the cash, you take away the fun. It’s hard enough landing on Boardwalk, so I’m not letting a few hundred dollars stand between me and board domination. Sometimes you need to make a distraction (a loud fart works great) and while everyone is laughing sneak a few orange bills into your stash. It’s just part of the game people, nothing wrong about it.
Oh I passed GO I’m supposed to collect $200… no no no, as the banker I collect $300.
Elizadeath: An all-knowing computer tower? This sounds like Big Brother shit. I don’t like it. I don’t like it one bit.
Oh, and MMango — we knew you were stealing bills, we just didn’t say anything because we wanted to give you a chance to win.