Monopoly, the board game that has fascinated generations of players with scenarios of property wheeling and dealing since 1935, was based on Atlantic City, New Jersey’s famous Boardwalk and streets – and remains at the heart of the game even as new editions continue to reach the market. Hasbro, Inc., the game’s manufacturer, recently made headlines by asking the public to vote on new cities for an updated Here and Now edition, in which Atlantic City did not win a spot on the board.
But the company in January released the Monopoly 80th Anniversary Edition with classic tokens, cards and money as well as a board with the original game’s vintage-style look and, most importantly, the original Atlantic City streets and landmarks.
“Atlantic City and Monopoly go hand-in-hand,” said John Palmieri, executive director of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA), which operates the Atlantic City Tourism District. “Fans of the city don’t need to worry that Monopoly will no longer reflect its origins. Even at the advanced age of 80, Monopoly is remembering and celebrating its Atlantic City beginnings.”