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The end of board games as we know it?

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Coming to a Con near you!

Coming to wreck a Con near you!

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Pass go – and click. Classic board games like Monopoly are going virtual under a partnership between Electronic Arts and Hasbro as the whole family from children to grandparents become gamers.

Games like “Monopoly Here and Now: World Edition,” “Battleship” and “Boggle” have entered the digital world with EA using the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to showcase upcoming spring releases aimed at the burgeoning casual games market.

A new version of “SCRABBLE” for PSP and Nintendo DS introduces a SCRABBLE Slam mode that challenges players to get rid of Slam cards by spelling words.

Those wishing to go green can save paper by playing “Trivial Pursuit” on Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 2.

After releasing “Hasbro Family Game Night” on Wii and PS2 last fall, EA is offering all of the games on Xbox Live Arcade.

Gamers can buy games individually or the entire suite, which includes “SCRABBLE,” “Connect Four,” “Boggle,” “Yahtzee,” “Battleship,” “Sorry!,” and “Sorry! Sliders.”

But despite the recent influx of board games going digital, Hasbro isn’t about to lose its lucrative board game business.

“I don’t think you can ever replace the experience of pulling out a box of “Monopoly” and playing in front of the fireplace with your family over the holidays,” said Chip Lange, EA Hasbro vice president and general manager.

Instead, Lange foresees video games giving franchises like “SCRABBLE” and “Yahtzee” new life through online connectivity that allows families to play together from across the country.

The virtual world also opens up new gameplay options like a 30-minute speed game of “Monopoly.”

“The cardboard version of “Connect Four” is limited to connecting four checkers in a row, but we can do things like blow up checkers in the digital version and it adds a lot of new strategic gameplay mechanics,” said Lange. “These video games keep the brands relevant in the digital age.”

I think it’s awesome that we have the technology to play Monopoly and Uno with friends around the world sitting in our living room continuing to keep these classic games alive, but I still remain a board gamer from the start. From the first time opening up the box, to the excitement of learning the rules, to the sounds of dice hitting cardboard are important elements of my entertainment that the Xbox can’t duplicate. Well, technically I’m sure it could, but you know what I mean. -Crutchboy and his two cents.

2009 Just Got Bright’er at

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

Coin-Op Tv's Hailey Bright
How many people can you say you know that were “discovered” while they were out shopping? None? Well, it was the same for us until we met Hailey Bright.

The lovely co-host for the weekly streaming show “Coin-Op TV“, Hailey is bound to pop up on your geek radar sooner or later. Whether it’s on the red carpet at the Spike TV Video Game Awards, on video game box art, or in a few upcoming movies, she’s hard to miss. Hailey was recently selected as’s Babe of the Day(we picked her as a Gamette for a whole month, take that IGN!!) and will be at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.

While we can’t say we were the first ones to discover Hailey, we can say we have some very well shot, very exclusive photos of Hailey (courtesy of Blank Logo Photography).  If you haven’t caught a glimpse of this beauty, we recommend checking out her Gamette Gallery here.
Coin-Op Tv's Hailey Bright
And should you be so inclined, you can check out more of the beautiful Hailey at  You can also chat with her live on Thursday nights 10pm CST when she co-hosts Coin-Op TV (found at where she takes live questions for the guests.  Not only do you get a dose of Hailey but you get to watch some good geeky Webivision. 

So when people ask you if you know someone who actually did get discovered while shopping, you can tell them we introduced you to someone that Bright’end our day.

Stay tuned for more new and goregous Busy Gamer Gamettes this year at

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