Monday, October 12, 2009

Monopoly .com Edition

I love Monopoly and have a small collection of Monopoly games from around the world. The oddest one is Monopoly .com Edition which was released in 2000.



In it the streets are replaced with '30 of today's hottest web sites'. These are: Sportsline.com and FoxSports.com, Yahoo! Geocities, Oxygen and iVillage, shockwave.com, games.com and E! Online, Priceline, Expedia, and eBay, weather.com, about.com and cnet.com, ETrade, monster.com and MarketWatch.com, Ask Jeeves, AltaVista and Lycos, and [email protected] and Yahoo! (Yes, there are only 22!)



The railway stations are replaced with telecom companies: MCI WorldCom, Nokia, Sprint and AT&T. The playing pieces are made of pewter and depict Mr Monopoly sitting at computer, the Internet Explorer Hand, a surfboard, a computer screen, a web browser, a PC, an email, a mouse and a microchip. The Mr Monopoly piece is a special token that can take any web site 'offline' making it unavailable for purchase.



The buildings are houses and office blocks (instead of hotels), all the money is in millions of $ and Community Chest and Chance are replaced with Email and Download.



The back of the box (sorry about the poor quality of these images, had to use my iPhone camera):

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