New Monopoly Game Uses Debit Card, Not Cash
A new version of the Monopoly board game being sold in the UK uses a debit card and scanner instead of cash.
British version of the classic Monopoly board game released this week substitutes a Visa-imprinted debit card for the stacks of yellow, blue and purple play money long hoarded by children worldwide. “We started looking at what Monopoly would look like if we designed it today,” said Chris Weatherhead, a Britain.-based spokesman for Hasbro Inc., which makes the best-selling board game. “We noticed consumers are using debit cards, carrying around cash a lot less.” British players might not be the only ones switching to plastic. Officials at Pawtucket-based Hasbro say they’re considering a similar change for American versions.
First offered in 1935, Monopoly offered players a form of financial escapism during the country’s worst financial depression. Players become pretend real estate magnates who compete for fictitious property named after real places in Atlantic City, N.J. A British version released that same year featured London neighborhoods.
In the new British version of Monopoly Here & Now, players type amounts into a palm-sized scanner and swipe their debit cards to seal the deal.
If only the real economy would follow suit. The old system of cash, and even checks for that matter, are horribly inefficient in the digital age.
The only down side here is that kids will lose the ability to practice their math skills inherent in the old game.