anyway...what the hell did they do to this wonderful game?
You can pass Go, but can you buy Times Square?
September 16, 2006
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THE RECORD (HACKENSACK, N.J.)
This week, Hasbro, the maker of Monopoly, revealed its latest version of its most popular board game -- a more contemporary edition that abandons the Atlantic City streets featured on the game's board since 1935 in favor of more-recognizable landmarks from 22 cities across the country.
After an Internet vote that drew more than 3 million ballots from consumers, New York's Times Square earned the coveted Boardwalk spot and will cost -- reflecting the changes since the game's first edition -- a cool $4 million. (Park Place has been replaced by Boston's Fenway Park.)
Other new properties available for purchase include Florida's Disney World, Chicago's Wrigley Field and even the White House, which carries a $3.2-million price tag that many lobbyists in Washington might find affordable. Mr. Monopoly, the game's monocled mascot, survives, his top hat one of the few items that remain after Hasbro's extensive makeover.
The inflated prices are one of several changes that Hasbro says will make the new version more relevant to today's consumers. Players can go to jail, or perhaps a white-collar, minimum-security prison, for infractions such as insider trading.
Game pieces now include a box of McDonald's fries, a Motorola cell phone and a cup of Starbucks coffee (monopoly, indeed). Some of the classic pieces have given way to more modern interpretations: The Scottish terrier is now a Labradoodle. The open-cockpit race car becomes an environmentally friendly Toyota Prius. And a speedy jet replaces the plodding battleship. None of the companies paid for inclusion in the new edition, Hasbro officials said.
Unlike the many other versions of Monopoly that exist -- for individual cities or universities, for instance -- the Here & Now Edition is designed for broad national appeal. The original version will remain on shelves alongside the new game, said Tracy Hogan, the game's marketing director.
The new, more modern edition was expected to be in stores this week.
"As long as they keep the old one, I think change is good sometimes," said Roberto Borges, the manager of KB Toys at the Paramus Park mall
a frickin Labradoodle and a Toyota Prius...are you freakin kidding me!!!. i just dont understand the need to re-invent this game. i mean, Star Wars editions, etc are one thing, but to totally revamp a classic like this is walking the thin line of blasphemy.
sure, i never knew where the hell St James Place was, nor did i really care...i just wanted to win...and i wanted to win being the little Scottie Dog, or the Thimble...not some stupid Tripple Half-Caff Mocha Choca Soy Latte in a Double Cup Starbucks or a lame Hybrid Car.
if i had kids i would not allow them to play this abomination, but would instead direct them to the classic that we all know and love
sorry...it's not quite the rant i had hoped for, but i'm sure you get the gist. this is even worse than when the revamped Bazooka Joe