Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Pass Go and Swipe?

New Monopoly game uses debit card, no cash - Yahoo! News

Apparently, it's true. After hearing about this on the Colbert Report, I hit the net to check it out. Monopoly games in Britain are now being sold with debit cards and scanners instead of paper money.

I guess counting was too confusing for the kids. Can't a computer do it? These days, clerks have enough trouble making change, even when the computer tells them exactly how much to give out. I'm guessing this will help...or not. And by the way, wouldn't having a system where you punch in the numbers, then swipe the card to confirm it make it easier to cheat? Instead of the banker having to approve the game's transactions, can you now just add $200 to your own card?

Comments on "Pass Go and Swipe?"


Blogger The Original LRU said ... (August 02, 2006 3:32 PM) : 

I assume the cards will have a magnetic stripe on them. Those stripes do wear out. Even real debit cards need replacing sometimes.

These new monopoly sets won't have the longevity of paper versions. We can still play an old game of Monopoly with wooden houses 50 or 100 years later, but how long will the debit cards last?


Blogger Eaglewing said ... (August 03, 2006 3:11 AM) : 

about as long as the batteries?


post a comment