In August of 2013 Hasbro Inc. announced that they would be replacing the iconic iron game piece in the classic Monopoly board game with a cat. And not just any cat; a democratically picked cat which was chosen through an internet poll.
Gizmodo released a rather lengthy and cheeky review saying, "This cat is the product of democracy in action. This cat is America."
We reviewed the new Monopoly token. You know, the cat: http://t.co/EEjeZDfqEH
— Gizmodo (@Gizmodo) August 28, 2013
Since the replacement, the social sphere has been a buzz with tweets, videos, opinion pieces and even Gizmodo's cat Photoshop contest. It seems that everyone has an opinion of this new fan-chosen feline.
Not all Monopoly fans are happy about the change though. What about their fond childhood memories?
"Cat Monopoly Token Makes Debut" http://t.co/yPREkQwZ3v I see too much celebrating of the cat, not enough mourning of the iron
— Ben Greenman (@bengreenman) August 28, 2013
*Sets up Monopoly board* *Hands out Monopoly money* *Cat grabs car token first* *...* *Knocks over Monopoly board* *Kicks cat* — Hey Zeus Re-Erected (@HeyZeus666) August 28, 2013
RT @WenkR22: The iron monopoly game piece has been replaced by a cat piece after 78 years. You should all be ashamed you let this happen...
— Matt Weston (@Matt_West0n) August 29, 2013
Even local news reporters are getting in on the social debate:
— Kara Sewell (@KWCHKara) August 29, 2013
A new Monopoly Commercial was launched to introduce the new game piece. The gaming company may even be poking fun at itself, or cat fans.
[Video Source: PassGoMonopoly]
In the 1950's Hasbro replaced the rocking horse, purse and lantern tokens with the wheelbarrow, horse and dog. Too bad the internet wasn't around then; it would've been interesting to see the uproar. Or did Monopoly fans just simply embrace the new dog token back then?
— Monopoly (@PassGoMonopoly) August 13, 2013
What do you think? Should the internet mascot officially be the cat?
[Main Image Source: Hasbro]