Monopoly has made big change to latest version of game - and people aren't happy

58 31/07/2022

If there was one thing we loved about playing Monopoly as a kid, it was feeling like a millionaire with all our paper money.

But today's children will be missing out on the joy of collecting £500 notes and fanning themselves with the fake cash as Hasbro, the company that makes the classic board game, has just announced a big change.

A new version of the game has been launched and to bring things up to speed with the 21st century it's gone cashless.

Yep, you'll no longer need a designated banker when you play Monopoly as it now uses electronic banking.

Mr Monopoly himself will act as the banker via an electronic black top hat - which means any cheaters out there will have a hard time pulling a fast one when it comes to paying rent on their properties.

With the push of a button, players can command the banker to give or take money and let it know when they're making a move.

Hasbro explained: "The iconic Monopoly top hat is voice-activated and the personality of Mr Monopoly really shines as he handles all of the transactions.

"He keeps tabs on the players' money and properties so there's no cash or cards to think about."

The cashless version of the game is already on sale in the US but won't be hitting shop shelves in the UK until August.

Monopoly has made big change to latest version of game - and people aren't happy

When it arrives over here, you'll be able to purchase it for £29.99.

Despite it not being out yet, some are already criticising the change.

Speaking to Market Watch, Nicole Strbich, director of financial planning at Buckingham Advisors, said: "Removing physical Monopoly money reduces the educational benefit of the game by glossing over the important task of learning to manage and count your money.

"Bankruptcy is a lot more painful when you have to reach across the table and hand someone your last dollar."

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People on Twitter also shared their thoughts - and they weren't all that happy.

One person tweeted: "Monopoly is going cashless...no no no I'm not having that."

Another wrote: "Family Christmas won't be the same."

A third commented: "I sure don't want to be enslaved to the banking system lords. Cash is king."

"This seems horrible," commented a fourth.

What do you think about Monopoly going cashless? Let us know in the comments below.

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