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Hasbro Announces ‘Long Overdue’ Changes to Monopoly Community Chest Cards

For the first time in over 85 years, Monopoly’s 16 Community Chest Cards are about to get a “long overdue” refresh, Hasbro announced Thursday.

“True to its longstanding history of inviting its fans to help make changes to the game, and during a time when community means more than ever before, Monopoly is asking consumers worldwide to determine the new cards by voting at MonopolyCommunityChest.com,” Hasbro declared in a press release.

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The release further said:

Covering topics like beauty contests, holiday funds, and life insurance, there is no denying the Monopoly game’s Community Chest Cards are long overdue for a refresh. And, coming out of the tumultuous year of 2020, the term “community” has taken on a whole new meaning. Hasbro is counting on their fans to help reflect what community means in their real lives, into the Monopoly game, by voting for new cards like “Shop Local,” “Rescue A Puppy,” or “Help Your Neighbors.”

The company asked social media users to contribute to making the changes by voting for their favorite cards on the net:

As specified on the Monopoly website where players may vote, among the card options are rescuing a puppy to get out of jail free or being punished for not recycling your trash.

“The world has changed a lot since Monopoly became a household name more than 85 years ago, and clearly today community is more important than ever,” Eric Nyman, chief consumer officer at Hasbro, explained.

“We felt like 2021 was the perfect time to give fans the opportunity to show the world what community means to them through voting on new Community Chest Cards. We’re really excited to see what new cards get voted in!” he said.

Yet, some of the Twitter followers disagree with that decision.

“These cards don’t fit with the goal of bankrupting everyone else and they don’t carry the same recognition as some of the older cards. If someone made a joke about winning second prize in a beauty pageant I would instantly know it was about Monopoly,” one of the followers replied.

Another labeled it a “terrible idea” and added that there is a good reason Monopoly is a classic board game.

“Make a new woke version if you must but please leave the original game as it is. Hopefully, you feel the pain of a massive boycott while you’re on the cancel culture bandwagon,” the person stated.

The updated version will be available this fall but it is unknown if a classic Monopoly version would still be sold.

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Source: Fox Business 

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