Ok. Call me a grognard if you like…

…but this seems to take the fun out of it for me. They’re trying to get rid of “monopoly money” in the UK edition of the game:

In-game advertising comes to Monopoly

7/25/2006 11:39:06 AM, by Nate Anderson

In an effort to remain relevant, venerable board game Monopoly has been given an electronic European makeover. Capitalist robber barons in the UK will now have the option of making a cashless fortune thanks to a new version of the game that features an electronic card from Visa instead of paper money.

The new card, which resembles a debit card, is inserted into a small plastic reader/writer that can display and update the balance on the card. Traditional money is gone altogether, though purists can still purchase the original version. Visa’s partnership with Parker Bros. seems designed to bolster the belief that using paper money is baffling and insecure.