Digitizing classic games doesn't always work

Some things were just meant to be analog


Ej Dickson
January 11, 2013 4:57AM (UTC)

Last Wednesday, toymaker Hasbro announced it would be retiring one of the game pieces in the classic board game Monopoly, asking fans to vote on Facebook for which one of the game’s classic tokens -- the hat, the wheelbarrow, the scotty dog, the race car, the thimble, the battleship or the shoe -- they’d like to see replaced with a new game piece. The options for the new token, including a toy robot, a helicopter and a guitar, are intended to be "more representative of today's Monopoly players" than the old pieces, Hasbro vice president Eric Nyman told CNN.

Although news of the revamp might come as a shock to Monopoly purists who grew up battling their siblings over who got dibs on the race car, Hasbro's  marketing is far from the first time that a favorite board game has undergone a millennial makeover. Aside from digital versions of classic games, such as Words With Friends and the Hungry Hungry Hippos app (yes, really), toy companies have released a number of "modernized" updates of previously analog games. The results haven't always thrilled. Here's a rundown:
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