An editorial published today by the Press of Atlantic City decries Hasbro’s abandonment of Atlantic City in the 80th Anniversary Edition of Monopoly. This follows a series of tweets by U.S. Representative Frank LoBiondo of New Jersey also complaining about Hasbro’s campaign to have the public vote on replacement cities.

The problem is that these (and other critics) have it wrong. Monopoly 80th Anniversary Edition, which is already on store shelves, keeps all the traditional properties derived from Atlantic City real-estate.

Monopoly 80th Anniversary EditionThere are two upcoming Monopoly Here & Now Editions that will replace the traditional street names with the names of cities in the U.S. and across the world. This should hardly be a surprise to residents of New Jersey, however. It’s not even close to the first time such a thing has happened. There have been thousands of previous versions of Monopoly with properties based on world cities, movies, video games, and nearly every other subject matter you can imagine.

So, calm down, New Jersey!

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