Over the years, we have seen countless versions of the classic board game Monopoly. We have seen them sporting themes ranging from different sports, World War II, and even Star Wars. All of these editions were created with players using the old classic rules with the assumption that players will follow the game’s rules religiously. Not anymore.
Intriguing New Edition of Monopoly
Hasbro is planning to unveil a Cheaters Edition of Monopoly very soon that will encourage game players to win at all costs. They are encouraged to steal money from the game’s bank, skip payments, default on rent payments, or even remove the houses and hotels of other players when they are not paying attention.
If this news doesn’t make you think that nothing is scared, then you need to hear the way that Hasbro came up with the idea of creating this new game edition:
“A recent study conducted by Hasbro revealed that nearly half of game players attempt to cheat during Monopoly games, so in 2018, we decided it was time to give fans what they’ve been craving all along—a Monopoly game that actually encourages cheating,” stated Jonathan Berkowitz, who is senior vice president at Hasbro gaming.
However, the objective this game remains the same. You still need to destroy your opponents and wind up with the biggest amount of cash and property. However this brand new game structure calls for the upending of many of those long standing rules of Monopoly.
“For the first time in Monopoly history, there is no designated Banker,” Berkowitz explained. “Players are in control of the Bank on their turn, and pass it to the next player when their turn is over, making it easier to pull of “cheats” such as the Bank Heist.”
However, as we all know, with great vice often comes great consequence. Cheaters that are caught have to give up their cash. And they could find themselves chained to the game board with the plastic hand cuffs that are inside every game box.
“We’ve finally decided to embrace our less-than-honest fans by encouraging them to partake in those iconic (yet sometimes unspoken) Monopoly moments that occur during family game nights,” Berkowitz said. “We’re excited to see what fans can get away with and how they’ll react to the new sneaky twists in the game.”
Hasbro will offer the game at $19.99 later this fall.
Monopoly’s Unique History
The irony with this new edition of Monopoly is that cheating is actually a big part of its history—apparently beginning with its creation.
At the start of the 20th century, during a time when board games started to become more and more popular, a diehard left-wing feminist named Lizzie Magie (who was also a teach) spent several years injecting her political ideologies into a board game that she referred to as the Landlord’s Game.
“It is a practical demonstration of the present system of land-grabbing with all its usual outcomes and consequences,” she penned in a popular political magazine. “It might well have been called the ‘Game of Life’, as it contains all the elements of success and failure in the real world, and the object is the same as the human race in general seem[s] to have, i.e., the accumulation of wealth.”
She later patented the game she created and it gained lots of popularity over the ensuing decades, particularly in several left-wing academic circles, who most likely viewed it as a satirical commentary on the inequality of wealth and the evils of capitalism.
There was a man named Charles B. Darrow who found a modified version of this game and took it to Parker Brothers, who was a toy manufacturer (who was later bought by Hasbro). The company purchased Magie’s patent along with two of other game ideas from her for the sum of $500 – an amount that most likely didn’t even cover the patenting and developing costs of the original Landlord’s Game.
Parker Brothers then tweaked and repackaged the game, which later became a worldwide hit. Because he brought the game to Parker Brothers, Darrow went on earn a fortune from Monopoly sales via royalties which lasted for the rest of his life.
Years later, Magie began to realize that she had actually lost the of capitalism in the real world after making a terrible deal. To add insult to injury, today she is still not credited for her part in the creation of the game. On their website, Hasbro does not even mention her name, although they credit Darrow for bring the game to Parker Brothers.
During a Washington Post interview regarding her terrible from Hasbro, Magie said “There is nothing new under the sun.”