"We wanted something that the mom or dad who's bringing home for the family [could say], 'This is what I remember, and this is what I want to play with my kids,' " Daviau says.
Yeah because starting a "rumor" about celebrity football player Mustard whacking someone in the head with a baseball bat in the observatory is exactly what the parents would remember about playing Clue.
My guess on the meaning of that statement is the characters are there minus Colonal and Professor (which I have never heard one addressed as Professor Waddydo) and the game play is still deduction (a screwy way with the second murder). Most people play a few times in childhood and do other things and may not be as obessed as we are. How many of us have played with people that said they knew how but actually forgot. That's what they are banking on. Listen to the interview, they were trying to appeal for people that rarely played and not players like us. The Interviewee seems skeptical as well.
Not sure I agree that if you are trying to make Plum the smart guy, a video game designer would signal that. A Scientist or PhD yes, video gamer no. Just artistic.
Even with these complaints, changing the weapons and rooms I can deal with (how many of us like the Simpsons, Scooby Doo, Hitchcock, ect versions).