I have always loved board games. After all they usually do not have ear-piercing sounds or unpleasantly flashing lights. They keep kids occupied and relatively quiet (I am intentionally blocking out the wild disputes about whose turn it was to go).
We are pretty careful about the things that come into our house. We do not want games or books with immodest or violent pictures or content. And yet…
Apparently one can not be too careful. DS #1 has earned some money in the last month, by doing extra studying, so today he brought home his trophy – The Game. Apparently this is THE hottest thing around.
When he told us he bought Monopoly – we were not exited. I would really preferred if he would spend this money on books, but after all he is only 12. Then he told us that it was the latest Monopoly and brought it over for us to see.
All I can say is – Yikes!
First of all, there is no more paper money. It is gone. Instead the kids get “Debit Cards” with the little “Debit card machine”. So now they do not have to strain the brain and count. The machine does it all for them.
Here is quote from the back of the carton:
“All it takes is a card swipe for money to change hands. Now you can collect rent, buy properties and pay fines – all with the touch of a button! It’s a new way to play the family classic …”
New way – you can say that again. That is right! Let us get kids addicted to “plastic” while they are young. They will be in debt for life.
Also the prices are up, way up as in the millions. So what is a mere $30.00 – the price of the game comparing to those millions.
Needles to say after a long discussion with our son about what is cash and what is the problem with getting used to “plastic”, and what is appropriate, the game is going back to the store.
We have told him, that if he wants we will buy him a game resembling an old fashion monopoly. But truthfully I do not think he wants it. I think what he really wanted WERE the cards. I am very happy that we had our “Money Talk” with him now, while he does not have much real money to manage. Just a few days ago we were told about a 22 year old who managed to get himself in debt for 130.000 dollars within a year using credit cards. He has no idea how it happened. Scary.