Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Taipei in Global Monopoly

Hasbro has announced the list of cities for its international monopoly edition and Taipei made it in. We're second from the bottom, just above Gdynia.




15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Let's see Taiwan's diplomats fuck this up resulting in "Taipei, China".

D. Corey Sanderson said...

Well, at least Taipei is near GO!

There are only two possibilities, because they seem to be color coded (and I didn't look too hard around the page for an answer), for where Taipei will be grouped:

Traditional Blue:
Boardwalk and Park Place

Traditional Purple:
Mediterranean Avenue and Baltic Avenue

Since it colors Montreal and Riga as blue, I can only assume that Taipei will take the place of either Mediterranean Avenue or Baltic Avenue.

Sad part about that is...those two are usually cheap property. Oh, well, at least people will be buying up Taipei :D

marc said...

Hey, but we're in the brown spot--the same place as Baltic Avenue (for $60 rent) in the original Monopoly. What's worse, we share the same low-rent location as Gdynia, Poland!

channing said...

Totally forgot about this one...something for political commentators to use to take a break from the Chen scandal?

Anonymous said...

i'm surprised cities like seoul, singapore, kuala lumpur, bangkock and jakarta arent on there and 'gdynia' is.

cfimages said...

I thought the color coding was chosen based on the number of votes received. So Taipei got the 19th most votes, hence it's low rent brown.

Bob B said...

The reason Taipei is in that position is that 20 cities were first selected (by Hasbro?) and the public then voted on them. The amount of votes determined their position on the board.

Taipei was not included in the original list of 20 cities, but the final 2 spots were wildcards determined by public voting. The public could vote for any city in the world of their choosing and Taipei topped the votes for the wild card entry and thus appears where it does.

Thomas said...

AP reported this today. They said that China was the country with the most cities, one of which was Taipei. They were very matter of fact about it.

Can't see this mentality changing in the future, thanks to the KMT.

Stephen said...

And may Hasbro buffer the wrath of the biggest monopoly government in the world.
Good choice Hasbro.

STOP Ma said...

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Thomas,

Well, I must say... THE Mr. Monopoly said in no uncertain terms that China has THREE cities on the board. Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Beijing. I guess Mr. Monopoly's visa will be denied when visiting China.

And Canada has 3 as well, including my city of residence --Vancouver. Montreal is now the new "Boardwalk". In your face, New York. :>P
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Chip said...

With all due respect to Taipei -- and congrats on being included -- but can this list be taken seriously?

I mean, come on: Canada has three cities on the list, but there is NOT ONE from South America! Wtf?

China has three cities, and Riga, Latvia is there, but not one city from Germany?

marc said...

Does anyone agree that this version of Monopoly will piss off enough people that sales will will spiral down, down, down?

Hopefully, Hasbro will at least rearrange the cities to correspond to population size, or, since it's Monopoly, the most to least GDP (or most to least corrupt? Or highest QOL to lowest?).

Readin said...

Hopefully, Hasbro will at least rearrange the cities to correspond to population size, or, since it's Monopoly, the most to least GDP (or most to least corrupt? Or highest QOL to lowest?).

Well, if they were to stick to the idea of the game which is that the properties get more expensive as they approach Boardwalk, they would arrange the cities based on property values, either average or at the center of the city.

Gridman said...

My question is: How did China's online Internet thought-squishing patrol not notice this poll when it was happening?

If they had, surely they would have flooded the voting to prevent Taipei from getting in.

Were they all asleep on the job?

marc said...

gridman asks: How did China's online Internet thought-squishing patrol not notice this poll when it was happening?

Perhaps Chins is too busy with its own teritorial monopolies to notice.

(I'd like to buy four hotels on Lhasa Avenue, please...)