The ‘Z’ button will probably control how much money you steal from the bank when Mom isn’t looking.

Electronic Arts, the makers of Madden and all the other decent sports video games, are now branching out to board games with their Casual Entertainment Label of Electronic Arts. It’s good to see that this company is distinguishing between the intense devotion and non-casual fandom of games like Halo and Madden, and the type of fan who would anticipate a videogame version of a board game.

The next game in the series will be a new version of Monopoly for the PS2, Nintendo Wii, and Xbox 360 gaming systems.

The videogame version is inspired by the latest board game, Monopoly Here & Now: The World Game Edition. The goal of this new video game platform is to bring new life to the franchise by cutting down wait time in between turns. Mini-games that allow players to attempt to break out of jail are also included in the new edition.

No news yet on when the game will be released, but it will also be available for play on mobile phones and online at

All I have to say is there better be a button on there that flips the board over, ruining the game. Everyone knows that’s the only way games of monopoly end .