So several of the other Metblogs cities have been commenting on the new Here&Now Monopoly edition – what Hasbro calls Monopoly “if it had been invented today.” Rather than spots like Park Place and Illinois Avenue there’s Seattle’s Pioneer Square, Minneapolis’ Mall of the Americas, the Atlanta Airport, and Orlando’s Disney World. We, of course, get the White House. Reasonable – it’s the most famous of our landmarks, though I’d contend not the most visually distinctive.
The issue I take with this, however, is that it’s one of the green properties – not one of the two most expensive blue properties, which went to Times Square and Fenway Park – and sells for 3.2 million bucks.
3.2 Million. Hehehehe. Seriously? You guys think you can buy the White House for 3.2M? HAHAHAHAH. If you’re looking to update the game to the current time you need to put a price tag of 3.9 BILLION on that bit of real estate, and that’s just the rental for four years. Sorry Hasbro, if you wanted to put that kind of a price tag on one of our landmarks then maybe you could have let players purchase the local sports arena, in exchange for which you get to call it by your own name.
Oooh, there’s a new Monopoly version idea. Instead of streets and buildings you have politicians and sporting arena locations. You buy the right combination of politicians and they take money out of the city coffers to buy the sporting arenas for you! Monopoly: Corporate Sports Welfare edition. I have a few politician names I’d be happy to nominate for inclusion…
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