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New spin on classic Monopoly game could end game faster

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Paper money — that's what Hasbro has stripped from the latest edition of its classic Monopoly board game.

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The banker has also been replaced with a small ATM-like contraption. In place of the Monopoly currency, players will use debit cards to make purchases and pay fees.

Removing the paper money may mean players will lose fewer parts, but what about the whole money-managing lesson? Or was the lesson supposed to be something about capitalism? Either way, removing those dollar bills will undoubtedly change the way the game is played.

Just like how using a credit card in real life has been linked to overspending, for psychological reasons, this new "Ultimate Banking" edition of Monopoly could make more players go bankrupt a lot faster.

But that might also make the game end sooner, which many agree could be really nice.

Hasbro's "Ultimate Banking" Monopoly edition will be in stores this fall.

See if you can get Leonardo DiCaprio an Oscar in this new game

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The Oscars are Feb. 28, and this year marks the sixth time Leonardo DiCaprio has been nominated for Actor in a Leading Role.

London-based animation studio The Line decided to have fun with this fact by creating "Leo's Red Carpet Rampage," an 8-bit game designed by artist Max van der Merwe.

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Sam Taylor and Bjorn-Erik Aschim came up with the concept of the arcade-style game, which features DiCaprio running down a red carpet chasing an Oscar.

He battles paparazzi and other obstacles to get the industry's highest award.

But Leo isn't just jumping over paparazzi. Lady Gaga makes a walk down the red carpet, too.

Leo faces the other Oscar nominees for Actor in a Leading Role as well.

Walking the red carpet are Eddie Redmayne as Einar Wegener in "The Danish Girl," Bryan Cranston as Dalton Trumbo in "Trumbo," Matt Damon as Mark Watney in "The Martian" and Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs in the movie of the same name.

Along the way, you can get Emmys, Golden Globes, SAG Awards and other industry awards.

There are also mini-games that poke fun at memorable Leo moments, like the famous car-and-quaaludes scene in "The Wolf of Wall Street."

One mini-game pokes fun at the lack of Oscars diversity. Players have to "find the black nominee."

Watch a trailer of the game below, and play it for yourself here.

Check and mate: Facebook Messenger has a secret

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Do you like chess? Do you like Facebook? Now you can combine the two likes in your life. 

According to The Verge, there's a chess game in Facebook chat. 

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And it works.

To start a game, log into messenger, either on your mobile device or on your laptop, find a friend who wants to take you on, and then type @fbchess play to start your game.

The person who initiates the game is on the white side, and gets the first move. 

To move your pieces, type @fbchess then a space then a command like P (for pawn) e (for a column) and 4 (for a row). It would look like @fbchess Pe4. 

Then you wait for your opponent to move.

If you make a mistake or illegal move, Facebook will warn you. 

Don't worry if you're not a chess expert, there's a help function, just type @fbchess help.

Other handy commands: @fbchess resign to end a match, and if you don't want to go first just type @fbchess play black.

Donald Rumsfeld helped design a Churchill-themed solitaire app

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Want to make sure your solitaire app stands out from the glut of mobile card games? Step one: Tie it to a famous historical figure like Winston Churchill.  Step two: Enlist former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld as your lead designer.

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Rumsfeld is an avid fan of a particular variant of solitaire Churchill supposedly played during the war, and the retired politician teamed up with a D.C. design firm and an Indiana coder to preserve the game for digital posterity. 

The result is "Churchill Solitaire," which The Wall Street Journal dubs "likely the only video game developed by an 83-year-old man using a Dictaphone to record memos for the programmers." 

The Journal's in-depth piece on the creation of "Churchill Solitaire" is full of amazing anecdotes from Rumsfeld's brush with game design: his frustration with bug testing, his outrage when a server wipe erases his progress, his disdain for the cowardly undo button.

But now that Rumsfeld's worked through the teething pains, we're hoping he sticks with his new career as a game designer. Imagine a Rumsfeld-made management sim set in the Pentagon, for example. Or a hidden-object game about WMDs in Iraq.

"Churchill Solitaire" is available now on the Apple App Store and is free to download; the game sells levels and uses of the hint or undo buttons to get revenue. Rumsfeld says he's going to donate his share of the proceeds to charity.

'Madden: The Movie' ramps up anticipation for game's release

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Football season is almost upon us.

Meanwhile, #MaddenSeason has already arrived.

EA Sports released "Madden: The Movie" for its highly anticipated game on Friday. The nearly 5-minute long clip features acting from some of the NFL's best players: the Steelers' Antonio Brown, the Falcons' Julio Jones, the 49ers' Colin Kaepernick and the Patriots' Rob Gronkowski.

Newly hired Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan is also in it, along with Dave Franco and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Absent is Madden 16 cover (and New York Giants) star Odell Beckham Jr.

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Is it extravagant? Yes.

Is it over the top? Arguably.

Is it on sale yet? No, the game will be released Tuesday.

Quiz: How much do you know about Father's Day?

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How much do you know about Father's Day? Test your knowledge of the holiday with these five questions. Don't forget to tell us how you did in the comments below!

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Katy Perry bumps out Kim K for the next celeb mobile game

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Kim Kardashian may have been one of the first celebrities with their own mobile games, but Super Bowl halftime songstress is roaring into the mobile gaming world. 

Katy Perry has teamed up with the same company, Glu, that published Kim K's game "Kim Kardashian Hollywood" last year, according to E Online

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Glu Mobile announced its five-year deal with Perry that will use her likeness and voice in the iOS and Android game.  USA Today said more details will be released later, with the release coming in the second half of the year. 

Glu Mobile has been successful with Kim's game, with more than 28 million downloads, the New York Post has reported.

Internet Archive revives more than 900 retro arcade games; play for free online

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Say goodbye to your productivity. A whole treasure trove of old-school video games is now available for free online. 

The Internet Archive, a nonprofit that seeks to back up pretty much everything in the entire digital world, has made more than 900 classic arcade games playable in your browser. The site explains, "The game collection ranges from early 'bronze-age' videogames, with black-and-white screens and simple sounds, through to large-scale games containing digitized voices, images and music."

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They include a whole host of popular, coin-operated video games from the 1970s through the 1990s, such as Pac Man, Galaga and hundreds you may not have even heard of before. In some cases, the games' controls didn't transfer very smoothly to the keyboard and some files are missing sound, but there are definitely enough working games to keep you entertained for a while.

writer for Tech Crunch was pretty optimistic the group will work out the kinks, saying, "Just the fact that they got [the emulator] working in a browser, sans any hefty plugin/runtime environments, is damned impressive."

These arcade games are the latest iteration of the JSMESS project, which has already emulated a few dozen retro gaming consoles such as the Atari and Sega Genesis for use in an internet browser 

There's no denying it's a cool idea, but freely distributing emulated versions of other people's games does sound kind of illegal. Although some game companies don't often raise a fuss over this kind of emulation, others argue emulation is a form of piracy.

But, as the BBC pointed out the last time Internet Archive published old games, much of this software falls into a "legal grey area" because it's considered obsolete, meaning it wouldn't otherwise be available if not for emulators. 

Jason Scott, the archivist who did much of the work on the new Internet Arcade, explained in a blog post that the effort is about software history, and that he hopes members of the public will enjoy the games and some "will begin plotting out ways to use this stuff in research, in writing and remixing these old games into understanding their contexts."

And so far people really seem to be enjoying his work. He tweeted that the Internet arcade is getting twice as many hits as the front page of the Internet Archive website. 

The best part about all of this? You never have to worry about running out of quarters. 

This video contains images from Rick Chung / CC BY NC ND 2.0.

Can you match the horror movie tagline to the film?

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Over the yeas, many of us have seen classic horror movies at the theaters or in our homes. We may even remember the chills and screams those films have induced.

But how well do you remember the catchy movie taglines that went with those horror flicks?

Try your hand at this quiz on horror movie taglines ... just choose your answers wisely or the next scream you hear may be your own.

Brands and gamers are losers of 'Gamergate'

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The online movement 'Gamergate' claims to be about journalism ethics, but critics say it's really just an excuse for harassing and bullying women. The movement has splintered the gaming community into two sides of a vehement debate since August. 

But what role do brands play in this movement – or should they play a role at all? 

Gamergate activists have been pressuring companies to take a side in the debate by removing their advertising from certain sites deemed hostile to the movement. It's called "Operation Disrespectful Nod," and it's successfully pulled ad campaigns run by Intel and Adobe.

And a Fortune writer goes after the "normally chatty companies ... [who] have hit the mute button" as people have verbally attacked women gamers for criticizing the movement. 

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Fortune contacted seven top game publishers. Only one, Ubisoft, the company behind "Assassin's Creed" and "Watch Dogs," responded, denouncing the bullying campaigns that have become a part of Gamergate — but that's about it. 

According to The Associated Press, Gamergate backers "have been harassing several prominent women in the video game industry and their supporters for criticizing the lack of diversity and how women are portrayed in games." Software engineer Brianna Wu said she had to leave her home after receiving death and rape threats online. In addition, feminist speaker Anita Sarkeesian canceled a speech at Utah State University after receiving an anonymous threat of a mass shooting.

A feminist gamer wrote an opinion piece earlier this week saying game publishers and other big companies have stayed out of the fray not because they're "cowards" but because they, in her words, "have interests that align with #GamerGate and so yeah, they aren't going to do anything to stop it."

But an article from AdAge argues brands should stay out of it because "like most political, cultural battles, responding is a lose-lose situation." 

One example used in the AdAge article: Intel, who seemed to be siding with Gamergate after buckling to advocates' demands by pulling ads from website Gamasutra. That prompted backlash from Gamergate's opponents, and Intel later issued an apology denouncing the harassment of women.

So the "stay out of it" suggestion seems a bit difficult to follow because, in Intel's case, they were targeted before saying anything and attacked after they pulled their ads — brands are damned if they do and damned if they don't. 

Companies aren't the only one in a Catch-22. A writer at Bloomberg View says, "this battle is impossible for anyone to win ... the GamerGate War is making it no longer fun to be a geek on the Internet."

This video includes images from Getty Images. 

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