Go ahead. Pass go. Collect $200, and don’t bat an eye. Hasbro Inc. has made a new Monopoly game, and this one was created specifically for cheating.
The highest-earning toymaker will release the Monopoly Cheater’s Edition this fall, and it contains a whole new set of rules and elements that actively encourage players to cheat.
They’re going a level beyond the branded Monopoly boards that have appealed to fans across the world…Now they’re appealing to the sneakiest part of human nature.
“As anyone who’s participated in game night knows, the friendly competition can often get heated,” said Hasbro senior vice president Jonathan Berkowitz to Bloomberg. “This means players are looking to bend the rules in their pursuit of game-night glory.”
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So how are cheaters going to use their stealth to get ahead in the new monopoly game? Besides the traditional chance and community chest cards, the new version will also include 15 “Cheat Cards” that ask players to secretly sabotage their opponents’ mission throughout the game.
If you get away with it, you’ll reap the benefits of free properties or a wad of cash. But if you’re caught, the consequences are dire. You’ll either have to hand over money or end up in jail. And this time, the monopoly jail isn’t joking around: there’s a literal plastic handcuff attached to the board.
The “approved” cheats in the new version of monopoly include stealing from the bank, skipping spaces, moving an opponent’s token, skipping rent payments, placing hotels on the board that you didn’t buy, removing someone else’s hotel, moving another player’s token during your turn, or taking rent money from someone else’s property. If the idea of these insidious moves makes your heart light up with glee, you’re the ideal candidate for the monopoly cheater’s edition.
Expect Some Other Changes Too
Besides being a monopoly cheater’s dream come true, the game features some other changes as well. The first person to land on Pennsylvania Avenue will get to snag the property for free, and Atlantic Avenue can be purchased for just about half of its original value.
You may be wondering how players are going to get away with this. The Cheater’s Edition is the first Monopoly game that doesn’t require a designated banker to deal with the money.
Hasbro Inc. came up with the idea for the special cheater’s edition after watching an in-house study of 2,000 people. The study revealed that half of players attempt to chat during games. The company even created a “CheatBot” on Facebook Messenger that allows players to actively report cheaters and relegate punishment appropriately.
According to Berkowitz, the new version is “actually leveling the playing field so everyone operates under the same universal rules, with no special advantage for those sly cheaters.”
Basically, cheaters are gonna cheat… so instead of avoiding this essential component of human nature, they’ve decided you may as well work with the tendency.
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Data Source: bloomberg.com