Next, Monopoly: Litigators Edition?

By on June 20, 2018

June 20, 2018

About half of all players cheat at Monopoly, so Hasbro, Inc., the multinational toy and game company, launched a new version of its top-selling board game, the Cheaters Edition. Players are encouraged to cheat to win. They can skip spaces, tennis shoe the rent, and steal money from the bank, but if they’re caught they are handcuffed to the board. The role of designated banker disappears in favor of a revolving bank run by each player in turn, during which time they embezzle as much as they can. Tokens include a getaway car, a cat meant to represent a burglar and a Tyrannosaurus Rex with a mouthful of bills. “With the Monopoly: Cheaters Edition, we’re mixing things up by leveling the playing field for fans across the country,” said Jonathan Berkowitz, senior vice president of global marketing for Hasbro Gaming, but others see a dark side. On Father’s Day investment banker Dan Alpert tweeted that he’d just found his son watching a TV commercial for the game, which included the pitch “you can get away with anything, as long as you’re not caught.” So depressing on #FathersDay #Horrified! said Alpert. “This is a reflection of American Capitalism,” was one of the replies. “This is how far we have sunk as a society. How long before the pitchforks are in the streets?”
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