September 14, 2006, - 3:55 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
My favorite board games are Monopoly, Risk, and Mastermind (Checkers, too).
The old-fashioned metal tokens used as Monopoly are part of the game’s charm and kitsch. But Hasbro, which can’t come up with any new games to math the time-tested real estate game, decided to ruin it–by remaking the tokens, with a liberal, commercialized edge. The new “Here and Now” version of Monopoly (expected to replace the original in the future) is out today.
Remember the classic race car? It’s been replaced by a politically correct Toyota Prius. The old-school boot? It’s now a New Balance running shoe. Even the dog got an extrem makeover and was re-shaped. Other new and not-improved game pieces include McDonald’s Fries, Starbucks Coffee (well, at least it’s not terrorist-allied Caribou Coffee), and a Motorola Razr cellphone.
Classic Monopoly Tokens . . .
Extreme Makeover Monopoly Tokens . . .
Was this really necessary? No. Nor is the renaming of Boardwalk and Park Place, which will soon take place. If it ain’t broke . . . .
For those of us who like the original tokens, our version from the Depression days–as invented by Charles B. Darrow in 1934–will still be available. And at a more classic price–$12-$20, compared with the new “Here and Now” edition, which will cost a whopping $30.
When remakes of the same thing are all the game and toy world can do, it’s a decline of America’s creativity. And the decline of America’s creativity is a symptom of the decline of capitalism and freedom.
Monopoly “Here and Now” is emblematic of that. First, Bazooka Joe. Now, Monopoly. What’s next? Classic Coke. Oops, they tried that already. And it was a disaster.
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