Hasbro reinvents Monopoly with an all-knowing plastic tower

Sick and tired of all those special edition Monopoly boards that do nothing new but look cool? I mean, was there really demand for Seinfeld and Super Mario Monopoly? Hasbro's bringing the classic money game into the high-tech world and it starts with an electronic tower.

The new $50 Monopoly Live is the same as the old game, except that it has a prominent 10-inch tower sitting in the middle of the board. This plastic tower rolls non-existent fake dice with fake dice sounds, manages rent calculations, announces player turns and even remembers how much money you have — all done electronically.

According to the NYT, the tower "bathes the board in infrared light and a camera can see reflectors placed on each game piece" allowing dice rolls to be initiated by just covering your game piece. What the heck?

Leif Askeland, one of Monopoly Live's designers says that "the tower never makes a mistake" and that disputes are non-existent.

Monopoly Live sounds cool and all, but no disputes? That's one of my favorite parts of the game, when you're losing, getting up and throwing the dice down fiercely, flinging paper money in the air and hoping on money counting errors to save your hide. Way to make the game of Monopoly less fun Hasbro.

NY Times, via Gizmodo

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