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I really don’t want to be one of those old guys who goes on and on about how things were done when I was young. Yea, I wax nostalgic about things like the first digital watches or my old Tandy TRS-80 I had back in 1978. But that doesn’t prevent me from revelling in a dual core Apple laptop and buying a new cell phone every few years.

Heck, I have even rid myself of all but my most collectible vinyl and happily load my iPod with music way younger than I am.

But there are some things that you just shouldn’t mess with (besides Texas). Especially in the name of product marketing.

It appears that Parker Brothers has decided to “update” the game of Monopoly. Not only that, but they are teaming up with Visa to do it.

No more paper money! Oh no, now you get a mock Visa card and a little machine that allows you to transfer money to and from the bank.

Chris Weatherhead, brand manager at Parker games, which makes Monopoly, said: “We wanted to design a more relevant version of Monopoly to reflect modern society.”

That sounds like a load of hooey if you ask me (pardon the old man-speak). If anything, it’s just one more way to put advertising in front of consumers.

According to the news article you will still be able to buy the “antiquated” cash version.

I haven’t been this bothered about a board game since Electronic Battleship.

You should not need batteries to play the classic board games. It just ain’t right!

Via Engadget: Monoploly ditches cash, goes plastic

The times they are a changin’

3 thoughts on “The times they are a changin’

  • July 25, 2006 at 5:52 pm
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    grrr – i was going to leave the ankle bracelet comment – someone beat me.

    it is just wrong, though.

  • July 26, 2006 at 12:50 pm
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    We still have Electronic Battleship. It was so cool. Great sound effects.

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