Jeopardy isn't the only game being threatened by computer domination.
A new version of board game staple Monopoly will ditch the dice and paper money in exchange for an ominous computer tower that monitors player activity. Hasbro unveiled the product --somewhat ironically dubbed "Monopoly Live" -- at this week's Toy Fair in New York, reports The New York Times.
The ten-inch tower sits in the middle of the game board, using infrared technology to keep track of the action while barking out instructions to players. Move one too many spaces? The all-seeing eye computer tower will know. It even rolls the (virtual) dice for you.
Thankfully, the core element of the Monopoly board -- the location of properties -- has remained unchanged, so you can still set up your favorite hotel chains, land on free parking and scoop up dough by passing "Go." But say goodbye to that brightly colored Monopoly money and those Community Chest and Chance cards -- if it's made of paper, it's pretty much gone. Instead, players will buy and sell properties by holding their hands over special decals and will check their accounts by inserting ATM cards into the tower.
What the hell is going on here? I never thought I'd say this, but I think I'm afraid of Monopoly.
MONOPOLY .. MVP (?!??): "AND THE WINNER IS... IRON JOHN! ... NO WINNERS! BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME! PLEASE REMOVE YOUR BANK CARDS."
And I thought Electronic Talking Battleship was where it's at...
Man, that brings back memories.
WIKIPEDIA - In 1977 Milton Bradley released a computerized Electronic Battleshi, followed in 1989 by Electronic Talking Battleship.