Gaming the real estate market

Online Monopoly goes hyperlocal, uses Google Maps

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Negotiating purchase prices, selling assets, and collecting rent isn’t just a part of real-world real estate — these are key features of Hasbro’s Monopoly CityStreets, a new online version of the classic Monopoly board game that incorporates Google Maps as its game board.

"It’s definitely a way to learn about real estate cash flow and investment," said Nick Roman, a Realtor with Melbourne, Fla.-based Tropical Realty of Suntree.

On Sept. 9, the day the game launched, about 1.7 million people worldwide attempted to log on and play …