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Monopoly Uses Google Maps To Go Live Online 81

CWmike writes "Think you're a Monopoly whiz? Remember running the board and shaming your property-less competitors when playing board games on the living room floor? Well, the age-old game of buying property and making your rivals pay big for landing on your Railroad is now going global. The new, free web game will use Google Maps and Street View to make the whole planet the game board. The online version of Monopoly is set to launch on Wednesday."
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Monopoly Uses Google Maps To Go Live Online

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  • Re:not a fan (Score:4, Informative)

    by R4nneko ( 1194727 ) on Wednesday September 09, 2009 @02:27AM (#29362537)
    I don't know, I've never actually played Monopoly with the full rules as written []. That is to say I've never played with the rule which requires that a property goes up for auction if not purchased.

    It seems to me that that would speed up the game and greatly increase the amount of strategy available to a player (Do you think you can let it go for auction and get the property at a lower price, do you think you can drive up the bidding to increase the amount of money your opponents use, do you want to bid on that property someone else let slip).

    Quite frankly I didn't find out that that rule even existed until a couple of years ago, and I haven't played monopoly in about 6 or 7 years.
  • Re:not a fan (Score:4, Informative)

    by anagama ( 611277 ) <> on Wednesday September 09, 2009 @02:44AM (#29362621) Homepage

    I always hated monopoly, and find it incredibly boring to play.

    You never learned to play properly. First, it is about business, i.e., anything you can cheat without getting caught is legal. I must say, the sweetest $6 to be made in the game is when a person lands on a property he/she already owns, and I convince them to pay __me__ the rental value. That is pure joy but very hard. First, you have to be dead serious and matter-of-fact when asking for the money, and secondly, you have to hold your laughter till the game ends when the owner of the property pays rent. Part two is actually the more difficult part. To be really successful, you must not even reveal your dastardly deed at all because then that person is forever on guard against your tactics. That is the hardest part of all.

    So you see, Monopoly game play can be quite nuanced. Unless you play a digital version and are forced to play fair. Then it is boring as sin ... er, boring as goodness. Sin is way fun.

  • by Richard Fairhurst ( 900015 ) on Wednesday September 09, 2009 @09:29AM (#29364877) Homepage
    It also uses street data from OpenStreetMap []. And, you know, this being Slashdot and all, you'd have thought the "open" stuff might be mildly interesting... maybe a bit more so than "New Site Uses The Same Maps API Seven Million Sites Have Used Before". Still, meh.

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