'Monopoly' puts fate of pieces to vote
This year, one of the iconic metal pieces from "Monopoly" will get a fate worse then going directly to jail. It will be excised from the game and replaced by a new piece.
But Hasbro, the company that makes "Monopoly," is offering fans a chance to participate in a vote to save their favorite piece from extinction. Just head over to facebook.com/monopoly before Feb. 5 and vote for the piece nearest and dearest to your heart, and then hope that others will vote along your party lines.
You will also get to vote for which new piece will make the cut. The offerings are: a cat, a diamond ring, a guitar, a robot and a helicopter.
Hasbro is also offering up the hashtag #token vote for people to campaign for their choice.
To help you make your decision easier, we have gone piece by piece and made the case for and the case against each piece.
Case for: One of the most iconic of the "Monopoly" pieces, the game wouldn't be the same if you couldn't race your way around the board. Case against: A race car gets terrible gas mileage and its carbon footprint is very high. This is not the piece for a more environmentally aware era.
Case for: Obviously, the top hat is a symbol of the game, found adorning the head of Mr. Monopoly. Case against: Who wears a top hat these days?
Case for: Umm ... if you want to carry things on a farm, you really can't go wrong with a wheelbarrow. Case against: Have you ever been to Atlantic City? Not exactly farm country. This is our choice to be removed.
Case for: This is easy to hold and something that people still use to this day. Case against: It's not actually thimble sized. If we can't wear it on our finger, we're not interested.
Case for: "Monopoly's" most intimidating piece, the battleship is the ultimate weapon in real estate domination. Case against: With all this discussion of cutting military spending, there simply may not be a place for the battleship on the board anymore.
Case for: Scottie Dog is an adorable, reliable piece and a fan favorite, and we can't imagine the game without it. Case against: Cat lovers could pull a major coup by voting Scottie out and voting in the cuddly cat as the newest piece.
Case for: The only piece that lets you literally stomp all over your friends as you take their money and land. Case against: The shoe's style is outdated and passe, and it's starting to get a little stinky.
Case for: Players have been flattening the competition (sorry) with this piece since the 1930s, and it still holds up today. Case against: Let's be honest: it's not the most exciting piece in the game.
Here's our take on the potential new pieces:
Case for: Transportation has been a big hit in "Monopoly," so taking to the air is the next logical choice. Case against: But transit is already overly represented in the game, with a car, a ship and four railroad spots on the board.
Case for: Music is underrepresented in "Monopoly," so the guitar is not a bad choice. And, you can get rock out between turns. Case against: Who doesn't dread when someone has a guitar in hand and tells you that they're in a band? And then they want to sing a John Mayer song for you? That's not the experience we want when we're going for financial domination.
Case for: It's a tough toy robot. 'Nuff said. Case against: May stoke fears of the future's inevitable robot takeover.
Case for: As the Internet's favorite animal, the cat really is the "Monopoly" piece for the digital age. Case against: Having a cat and a dog on the board may make the game even more unnecessarily competitive than it already is.
Case for: What better way to flaunt the riches you've acquired as a real estate mogul? Plus, we've heard if you like it, you should put a ring on it, and we certainly like "Monopoly." Case against: We're in a recession, people. Frugality is the name of the game.
Vote now: Place your vote for your favorite "Monopoly" piece, and for the new piece you'd like to see in the game at facebook.com/monopoly.