In case you didn't know it, Parker Brothers, the makers of the classic game, Monopoly, held a open contest to choose which of the venable tokens of the game would be retired and replaced by a new, modern token, also to be chosen by popular vote.
So much for that.
I am just not sure what to think. I grew up playing Monopoly. We often scoffed at the rules and made up our own as we played. It always seemed like a very long game, too. But we always had fun. I always wanted the Scotty Dog or the Thimble. The Iron, ironically, never appealed to me. Yet I mourn its passing. What is that about?
Over the years Parker Brothers has found ways to make the game more relevant. Themes like Wizard of Oz, Star Trek and city-based boards featuring Detroit, New York, Los Angeles have come and gone. But the basic original game persisted in popularity. It is a part of the American experience. And should we monkey with that?
Speaking of monkeys, the replacement for the Iron is a sweet appearing Cat. I'm okay with the that I suppose. It was prejudicial to only have a dog in the game. It will all pass into history and the Cat will become part of the Monopoly lore.
But still change is hard.
For a complete history of the Tokens of Monopoly click here: