Japanese gamers buy up Google’s City Streets


Google City Streets takes Monopoly to a completely new level, incorporating the Internet giant’s mapping technology  to make the entire world the game itself. Launched in September, the game provides each new player with $3 million in electronic funny-money to start buying up the word’s streets. This includes everything from Broadway to the Autobahn to Takeshita Dori, but, as Diego from the Anime Affairs blog points out, many people may be satisfied by simply owning the street they live on in real life.

A quick spin through the site indicates that many of Tokyo’s hottest properties are filling up, with areas like Roppongi and Waseda seeing more development than Nagatacho and Marunouchi, possibly an indication of the median age of those who play. And was that some hazardous-looking power-plants I saw built inside the Imperial Palace?

Read the full piece at Japan Pulse.

Japanese gamers buy up Google’s City Streets | Japan Pulse

About Jason Andrew Jenkins

In 1997, Jason left his home near Atlanta for a year abroad. He liked it so much that he never went back. After three years in Taiwan and 13 years in Japan, he and his wife quit their desk jobs in Tokyo, pulled their kids out of local schools and traveled as a family for six years, living in Malaysia, Spain, and Mexico along the way. They returned to Japan — Osaka this time — in the summer of 2019. Jason loves Google Maps, carry-on luggage, and most dishes registering on the Scoville scale.
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