Or actually, it's not $400 anymore. It's $20 million. I know that when Monopoly originally came out, the amounts were a little pie-in-the-sky. But $20 million? That's more than most people will earn in their lifetime.
The biggest problem I have with this new version is that it takes away any lessons the old Monopoly had and replaces them.
- Old lesson: basic math. Count out the money, pay what is owed.
- New lesson: use a calculator. The magic machines will do all the math for you.
- Old lesson: budgeting. You have to pick whether you put a house on Vendor Ave or Atlantic Ave. You can't do both.
- New lesson: spending money is easy and fast. One swipe and you're done.
- Old lesson: debt = pain. It hurts to mortgage your properties to pay the income tax.
- New lesson: I don't have enough money? Oh, I know! I'll just take out a mortgage on Reading Railroad.
- Old lesson: you get what you see. Everyone's money is out on the table.
- New lesson: appearances can be deceiving. The player with the most properties and hotels can have $10 in their bank account.