The latest invention to speed up the process of the dumbing down of America is, without a doubt, the new Monopoly: Electric Banking Edition.
One of my son’s favorite games is Monopoly, so when I saw the electronic version, I got excited and immediately ordered one from Amazon.
We gave him the game for his birthday last week, and the next day he and I set it up and started to play. The first thing I noticed was that the dollar amount changed from denominations of $1 through $500 to thousands and millions. My son was instantly confused and had trouble converting from thousands to millions — to say nothing of my own challenge in this area. I mean, come on. It’s not like I deal with these bills every day. Ahem.
Everyone is given a different card which is inserted in the "Banker unit" any time you need to add or subtract funds from anyone’s account. Then the unit does the math. For the banker, it gets tedious to insert every card and enter the numbers. For the other players, it just serves to slow down the play of the game.
After playing for about a half hour, my son said, "I’m bored. Let’s do something else."
This is the kid who plays Monopoly for HOURS.
I said, "Do you like the regular version better?"
"How come?" I asked. I knew the answer, but I was curious to see what he would say.
"I dunno. I miss counting the money."
The electronic version takes away all the fun that has made Monopoly such a popular game for generations. And it also manages to take away much of the educational value as well.
So if you were considering buying Monopoly: Electric Banking Edition for someone on your Christmas list, cross it off RIGHT NOW. Just like sour cream and half-and-half, Monopoly was better in the original version.
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