Sunday, July 30, 2006

That's Just Wrong

I read here that Monopoly is issuing a new edition ("Monopoly Here and Now") whereby the cash is replaced with Visa debit cards you run through a little machine to make all transactions.  (It is apparently a done deal in Britain, and Hasbro is considering it for US Monopoly.)

I am annoyed by this.  I remember learning to make change with Monopoly.  And that bit about how it's better to hand over $101 than $100 for something that costs $76, so you get more convenient change.  Sure, you learn stuff about buying, negotiating and (depending on the deals you structure) profit-sharing, but there were some basic money skills being taught there, and now that'll be lost.

Then again, ever since McDonald's got those registers where the employees just have to hit the button that says "Big Mac," we've been slowly phasing out the whole make-change-in-your-head thing anyway, so maybe this is a true reflection of the world we're living in.

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