Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Patriot Act: The Home Version

Philly's Daily News reports on the newest version of Monopoly, entitled "Patriot Act: The Home Version." As the article explains, in Patriot Act game pokes fun at law:

In this send-up of "Monopoly," players don't pass "Go" and they don't go directly to jail - they go to Guantanamo Bay.

Instead of losing cash for landing on certain squares, they lose civil liberties. And the "Mr. Monopoly" character at the center of the board is replaced by a scowling former Attorney General John Ashcroft.

"Patriot Act: The Home Version" pokes fun at "the historic abuse of governmental powers" by the recently renewed anti-terrorism law, according to its creator's Web site.

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In a nod to President Bush's prewar comments, the "Go" space in is renamed "Bring It On!" Players roll the dice to determine how many civil liberties they start out with, accumulating them from a variety of categories: U.S. citizens get 5; non-citizens 1. Whites and Asians get 5; Arabs 1. Ultra right-wingers get 6; Democrats 3 or 4.
What's even better is that you don't need to run out to buy the game. The game is available as a free download from the creator's website, graphix4change.com.

Best of all, the website promises a "board game that brings the thrill of trampling the Constitution right into your home. . . newly updated for 2006 to include NSA wiretaps and renewal of provisions!"

(Thanks to Loree)

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