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One Monopoly Piece Makes It's Debut and One Piece Gets The Boot!

Posted by on Feb. 6, 2013 at 11:22 AM
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Monopoly Announces Brand New Piece & It's an Insult to Old School Players

MonopolyFor weeks Hasbro, the makers of the game Monopoly, have been running a contest to allow fans to choose the new Monopoly token. They have also been allowed to choose which one goes. It's the first time in the game's nearly 100-year history that fans have had such a role.

As voting got hot, it seemed obvious that either the wheelbarrow, shoe, or iron were going to go. Today it was officially announced that the iron got the proverbial boot. (And the boot itself? Stays!) Meanwhile it was between a robot, diamond ring, cat, helicopter, or guitar for the new piece. Turns out, the cat got it. Meow.

The cat is totally adorable and I am happy for the game. But still. Wah. I have been playing with that iron since I was a little girl and now my kids won't get to. Why do all these games and shows and movies feel the constant need to reboot?

Take Candyland, for instance. The new one looks almost nothing like the one I loved in the 1980s, and that made me really sad when I first bought it for my kids. It seems like the game revamps itself every few years, and OK, I kind of get it (the old ones look dated), but still. A classic is a classic.

Scooby Doo had a major reboot, as did Strawberry Shortcake. Why? The thing is, our kids don't need a sexier Velma or muscle-bound Fred to like the show. The new ones may seem more exciting, but the old ones had more substance.

Obviously, the Monopoly cat isn't "sexy" and it's hardly as if the game itself is changing. But it makes me sad as a parent to not be able to share the awesome things I loved as a kid in the same form as they were then.

Companies seem to think they have to repackage and change when the likelihood is most kids today would rather be on their Xbox or iPad. Playing Monopoly is a classic game and most people who play do so for nostalgic reasons.

So don't take away our memories! The kitty is super cute, but I prefer the iron.

Does this make you sad?

by on Feb. 6, 2013 at 11:22 AM
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by on Feb. 6, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Nope, because I voted for both of them. The cat to come in and the iron to go.  Everything evolves and changes with the times.

by Emerald Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Eh, it doesn't bother me since we have two Monopoloy sets and they both have the iron.

by Kandice on Feb. 6, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Ehh, I didn't care either way. I have the very old version and a newer version, so I have the original pieces. No plans on getting a newer game anytime soon.

I like that there will be a cat in the newer version. I have always been more of a cat person, so that would be my pick.

by Kristi on Feb. 7, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Nope.  Times change and games too.  

by Silver Member on Feb. 7, 2013 at 11:24 AM

I love the iron! I already bought a classic game so dd can play with the iron.

by Jenna on Feb. 7, 2013 at 11:31 AM

No it doesn't make me sad, doesn't affect me in any way.

by and 1 boy on Feb. 7, 2013 at 11:39 AM
I voted a couple of times but I wanted the robot in.
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