Thursday, October 09, 2003

More Useful Everyday

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (AP) -- Cheap Trick Avenue instead of Boardwalk? Hernando's Chop Shop instead of Reading Railroad? ... leaders are outraged over a new board game called "Ghettopoly" that has "playas" acting like pimps and game cards reading, "You got yo whole neighborhood addicted to crack. Collect $50."

indeed. Nevertheless,

The creator of Ghettopoly, David Chang, did not immediately answer e-mails or phone calls seeking comment about the game.

On his Web site, Chang is unapologetic, and promises that more games -- Hoodopoly, Hiphopopoly, Thugopoly and Redneckopoly -- are coming soon.

"It draws on stereotypes not as a means to degrade, but as a medium to bring together in laughter," Chang maintains, adding, "If we can't laugh at ourselves ... we'll continue to live in blame and bitterness."

I do not actually find it too funny. However, I do recall growing up hearing about a game caled monopoly. We could not buy one, so at one point everyone just built one of their own. We used whatever foreign labels or brand names we knew off to populate our boards. As the craze built in Junior High, boards grew more and more elaborate, some being done on 20"x30" pieces of or more with multiple concentric rings of placeholders going around the board.

I wonder if it is a copyright infrignment to build your own monopoly game?


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