This is a 'well it's Friday, and what is the world coming to anyway?' sort of post. An article from Sky News Monopoly Takes A Chance On Plastic is quite sad. Apparently players will have debit cards and readers instead of the traditional cash. This is just *wrong*. Part of the pleasure of Monopoly was having a huge wad of cash sitting in front of you, all in neat little piles or in one big one with the 500s nestling next to the 1s. And the pleasure of finding a 100 that had slipped under the board that you've just rediscovered. The feeling of putting out your hand to another player and them counting out cash and seeing the pile grown in your palm.
The Monopoly spokesman says that it reflects the change in society and the advancement of technology. Well yes, I'm sure it does, but equally how many of us go out regularly and buy up the whole of Mayfair? The whole point of Monopoly is the fantasy of owning huge tracts of land and wringing the last cent out of another player - and the best way of doing that is to physically have the money in front of you; it's an integral part of the game.
I'll be interested to see if this version takes off, but I suspect (and hope) that it's a total failure.