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Monopoly using debit cards?

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cafiend
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I just saw this on a news site:

Monopoly replacing paper currency with electronic debit card:
http://www.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,70131-1228653,00.html

What do people think about this? I'm not really a fan of Monopoly, but it is one of the most successful board games of all time.

How important is it to "keep with the times"? To me this seems stupid - If for no other reason than you have to now track you're opponents cash reserves in your head. Does that add or detract? This seems like a stupid gimmick to me, but are there things I'm not thinking of? Does a debit card make sense in a game mechanic?

Shellhead
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I don't play Monopoly anymore, because it's a long game that isn't very fun. That said, I think that this is a smart idea. Parker Brothers is elminating a type of component that added to the production costs and was mildly annoying to some players. (Most of the people that I played Monopoly with over the years had little interest in being the banker.) The cost of small electronic gizmos has continued to drop over the years, and Visa is probably picking up the tab for these ATM components just so they can get free marketing out of the deal. It's even slightly insidious, in that Visa has found a new way to influence future consumers at an even younger age.

rellekmr
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its not like there aren't any non-autopilot decisions in monopoly. who cares what your opponents cash is?

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This is very interesting. Not because of Monopoly - I can't think of a worse way to kill a few hours, except maybe Trivial Pursuit - but because if this idea does take off, these doodads might become more commonplace.

I mean, Hasbro can afford this, as they're probably producing tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of copies. But at some point, these components might get cheap enough that it would become realistic for companies with production runs of 5,000 to 10,000. Maybe then, electronic integration of hobbyist board games will become more commonplace?

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rellekmr wrote:
its not like there aren't any non-autopilot decisions in monopoly. who cares what your opponents cash is?

I'm guessing when you've played that you didn't auction off non-purchased properties, as you are instructed to do by the rules (many folks ignore this as it's not how they were taught). While I still don't find it to be very fun, you can't really participate in the auctions on autopilot, in my experience.

-- Matthew

rellekmr
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we did do that, but no one ever passed on a property

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It does bring up some interesting ideas of what constitutes a "Board game" any more.

Dark tower had a computer built into it. Didn't Kninza put out some king Arthur game that had an electronic component as well? Then there are the "Scene it" and "video clue" type games.

Is it possible that in the future we may have cheap enough electronics to have a version of Civilization without any bookkeeping?

I think this line is going to continue to grey. Though I do not think that this spells the end for "conventional" board games.

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Monopoly Here and Now Electronic Banking costs around £24.99, compared to £12.99 for the standard "cash" version.

The cost of this version is almost double!! That is just sad, most people i know that decide to get a version of Monopoly always look for the cheapest price! Yoy know the $10 (or lower) Christmas gift price...

As another point of reference, I would add that previously there where machines like this in some NFL and Baseball TCG offered by WotC. And the cards and machines life span was not great. Imagine how often a card reader does not work on the store or gas pump, thats all I want to do is sit there trying to get a card to read in that toy machine!

I should point out that I am all for integrating some bookkeeping electronics into various games, but it just does not seem right for Monopoly. At least from what I can tell about this version. You still need a banker to type in information. But if players could just swipe the property cards, houses, hotels, chance cards and the machine automatically did the work for bookkeeping, it would make it better. But I dont think that is the case, just a calculater that adds and subtracts what you type in.... Imagine how often you might mistype a value into that machine, I hope they have a way to undo a mistyped value!!!!!

Anyways.. i think with additional ability to scan in properties, etc, that it might be a *good* upgrade but as I see it right now this is a crap upgrade to a boring game.

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You'd also have to keep track of your own cash reserves in your head (or on paper)... And I think the banker would be even busier than with the traditional play money. If I'm paying you rent, instead of just handing you the money, I have to give my card to the banker, who swipes it and types in the debit, then you have to do the same.

If each player had a little gizmo capable of display and input, and they communicated with each other wirelessly, I think it could add a lot to a board game -- mostly in the areas of bookkeeping and hidden information. Hey, come to think of it, we do have these gizmos... they're called cell phones. Just need to be able to program them.

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