Apparently the makers of Monopoly in USA are “dropping Water Works and Electric Company in favour of Wind Energy and Solar Energy” according to globeandmail.com . They quote the games owner’s CEO as saying this is “a nod to the efforts of countries worldwide to increase the effectiveness and availability of renewable energy and resources.”
A “nod to the efforts”? How patronising can a company get? But should we be surprised at the cynical attempts of one the world’s largest toy-makers to consider global warming to be just another bandwagon to jump on? Unless they know something we don’t and wind farms and solar panels are about to be installed in Mayfair or the Old Kent Road.
Call me old fashioned but I like my traditional games to stay as I remember them as a boy – and still occasionally enjoy now. You can’t mess with tiddlywinks or solitaire and that, no doubt, is why they are just as popular as ever