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Sunday, September 11, 2011

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Monopoly Guy

Have you ever wondered...

What's the name of the Monopoly Guy?

Well, you're not alone. Monopoly is the most popular board game in the world and millions of people have played it but most refer to the Monopoly Guy as well... The Monopoly Guy.

Since 1999, during a marketing effort by Hasbro he was officially renamed Mr. Monopoly. But the character first started appearing on Chance and Community Chest cards way back in 1936. Back then he went by the name of Rich Uncle Pennybags.

Back in 1988, when The MONOPOLY Companion: The Players' Guide was published, it was stated that his full name is Milburn Pennybags.

So there you have it. Next time you're playing Monopoly and someone wonders what's the name of the Monopoly Guy, now you've got a few factoids to share.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Monopoly Movie

As a big fan of the board game Monopoly, I don't know how I feel about the upcoming Monopoly Movie. If you haven't heard yet, Ridley Scott has been slated to direct a motion picture based on the game Monopoly.

If you're like me, you're probably asking, "How can they make a movie out of a board game?" Well at this point details are scarce but it seems that it's going to somehow be related to our struggling economy. I guess I can see how mortgaging New York Avenue might somehow be like all the foreclosures that are taking place around the country. But really is that enough to fill the big screen for about two hours?

Ridley Scott has directed Gladiator and Blade Runner so I think he should stick to the action format. How about the stars of the movie racing around Atlantic City in a race car, trying to avoid going to jail all the while a mega tycoon type is buying up the strip to try to stop them. Hmmm, sounds pretty weak actually.

Well good luck to this movie but I'm not sold on the idea yet.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

iPhone Monopoly

For all of you Monopoly lovers out there who have an iPhone or an iPod Touch, Electronic Arts has just recently released Monopoly Here & Now: The World Edition at the iTunes App Store.

Buy From iTunes App Store: MONOPOLY Here & Now: The World Edition

Playing the iPhone version of the most popular board game of all time is pretty much what you'd expect. You still play by the same rules and the gameplay is the same as well. This is not a dumbed down version like Monopoly JR or something, this is the real game. And they've added some nice animations to the mix. You have to actually shake your iPod Touch or iPhone in order to roll the dice.

The one thing that seems to bother a lot of people is that they decided to go with Here and Now Version of the gameboard and not the original Atlantic City version. Perhaps that can be addressed in a future update but as of right now, it's Here and Now or nothing.

And for those who think it might be a little weird playing Monopoly all by yourself there's some options for multiplayer mode. There's the Pass and Go option, which consists of passing the iPhone to the other players when it's there turn and the much cooler option of WiFi enabled play.

The game was originally $7.99 but has come down in price since then. At the time of this post it was priced at $4.99 and I think it's a great bargain at that price.

Buy From iTunes App Store: MONOPOLY Here & Now: The World Edition

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Monopoly Here Now

Monopoly Here and Now Edition
The Monopoly Here & Now Edition answers a simple question that serious Monopoly players have probably been asking for a while now. What would Monopoly be like if it was created here and now? The Here and Now Edition is Hasbro's answer to that question.

Monopoly Here and Now EditionSo what's different?
Well, for starters, the properties on the Monopoly Board are no longer limited to Atlantic City, New Jersey. Now you can buy properties from all over the country (USA) including Cleveland's Jacobs Field and New York's Times Square.

The railroads are replaced with airports like LAX and JFK which make sense because really when was the last time people took a train to somewhere other than in their daily commute.

And the tokens have been updated as well. I'm not crazy about this change because it seems very sponsored. Now there's a Toyota Prius, New Balance Shoe, McDonald's French Fries and a Motorola RAZR Mobile Headset. I'm not a big fan of product placement and this seems a little cheesy to me.

And the biggest change in the Monopoly Here and Now Edition is a serious case of inflation. The lowest priced properties on the board go for $600,000. Yikes!

Gameplay remains the same. Trying to bankrupt the other players by purchasing as much property as you can is still the goal and I'm glad they didn't change that.

So if you're looking for a change and getting tired of paying $60 for properties like Baltic Avenue, then you should give Monopoly Here & Now Edition a try.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Monopoly Board

I made this video of The Monopoly Board using Animoto. It was actually pretty easy to do. After I took all the pictures, all I had to do was upload them, choose the music and then I was done. And if the pictures were already on Flickr, I wouldn't even have had to upload them. And see for yourself, Animoto does a great job.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Monopoly Video

This is awesome. It's a stop motion video of a game of Monopoly set to the music of Pink Floyd. Very nicely done.

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