Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on April 24, 2008
You might not know this about me, but I’m a bit of a traditionalist. I’m also a history buff with a passion for preservation. So, of course I have an opinion about Monopoly’s green makeover.
No, they haven’t started printing the money on recycled paper, changed “go straight to jail without passing go” to “do community service at a homeless shelter” or made the houses and hotels LEED certified — they’ve (according to Reuters) “flushed” Water Works and “disconnected” the Electric Company.
In Hasbro’s soon-to-be-released (and first-ever) worldwide version of the beloved game, the utilities that everyone seems to love to collect (even though they don’t generate much cash and their mortgage values are crap) to “Wind Energy” and “Solar Energy”.
According to Hasbro exec Phil Jackson, the move was made as a “nod to the efforts of countries worldwide to increase the effectiveness and availability of renewable energy sources.”
Yes, it’s a great way to introduce kids to these renewable energies. And it’s also a great marketing stunt. But the traditionalist in me feels the loss. It’s like when Ted Turner bought the MGM film library and was rumored to be cutting the roaring lion logo from the beginnings of all the movies and putting his logo in its place. From an historical perspective, that would have been tragic. (This may have been purely a rumor. And in the end, it didn’t happen… the Turner logo went before the lion, which is fine by me.)
Of course, at the end of the day it’s just a game and not worth getting bent out of shape over. And I’m all for greenovating. But if they scrape off the Mona Lisa and redo her with low-VOC paint, I will not be pleased.