By Margaret Lyons
Updated September 08, 2009 at 04:29 PM EDT

Monopoly meets Google Maps starting tomorrow with the launch of Monopoly: City Streets, a MMO game that claims to unleash “a world of property empire[-] building on an unimaginable scale.” I’m pretty sure there’s already a “world of property empire-building” and it’s called “the world,” but okay, I’ll bite.

According to the Daily Mail, players each get $3 million to buy up the variously priced streets of his or her choosing, all of which gets displayed on the collaborative Google Map. Then, step three: profit! Unlike the boardgame version, rent just rolls in based on what you build on your property, so you don’t have to worry about no one landing on your hotel empire. (Or someone accidentally — accidentally! — jostling the table, thus disrupting where the house and hotels had been built, and everyone having to be on “the honor system” [worst system ever] to put them back where they were. Ugh.) To keep things interesting — or as interesting as Monopoly can be, because honestly, everyone knows it puts the bored in boardgames (zing) — players get chance cards, which are more like Eff You cards that allow them to demolish or degrade rival players’ properties.

I guess this could be cool and fun for a while, if you like tycoon-style games, but…it just doesn’t sound like Monopoly to me. The best part of traditional Monopoly is that everyone plays by different rules: the free parking jackpot, getting a bonus when you land on the property you own, having to pay extra if you roll a double, etc. I’m always interested in the surprising ways people use the Google Maps API, but I just can’t get excited for this.

Are you passing go and collecting $200, PopWatchers? Will Monopoly: City Streets have you nurturing your inner Trump?

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