Why We Always Will Enjoy Monopoly

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The earliest version of Monopoly goes back to the beginning of the 20th century when Elizabeth Magie developed The Landlord's Game. This was a pastime designed to expose the privileges of owning property and land. In addition to encapsulating economics and taxation. Around three decades later, a version of the game with the name Monopoly was sold in the USA through the Parker Brothers.

There has been some controversy about who invented the game. Most Monopoly sets referenced Charles Darrow as the inventor, who became the first man to earn over one million pounds from creating a board game. But it was Lizzie Magie who had the initial concept and who patented it in 1904. The title has been fiercely played within families ever since, and the first-ever Monopoly tournaments began in 1973, which continue today.

New Versions For Everyone

Monopoly is one of the games that have stood the test of time because it is such a fun activity with genuine education to players. But in a world where flashy video games are in every other household, another way it has survived is through adaptations. You can now play online and through gaming apps. Plus, there are new themes of Monopoly corresponding to sports teams, cities, actual events and locations around the world.

If you find yourself winning no matter what variation or opponent, you might have some valuable skills in property trading and currency trading too. Or you might be able to get into the Monopoly World Championship. It exists a bit like the FIFA World Cup, as it only comes around every four years. Plenty of time to practice!

Why We Still Love Monopoly

The reason Monopoly is so popular is because it combines two elements that make engaging propositions. One of them is strategy, and the other is chance. It allows competitive gamers to get excited about using their own strategies and tactics to win. But it also appeals to gamers who enjoy the element of luck involved when rolling the dice or picking the right card.

The different versions mentioned above also go a long way to keeping people entertained in one of the oldest board games going. The new themes make it relevant and more attractive to local populations who may live in the area where the new theme is based.

Why Does Monopoly Cause So Many Spats?

It causes so many family arguments and tantrums for the same reason why we love playing it so much. If the game includes lots of elements of luck and strategy, even the most focused and dedicated players must succumb to their own fortune every now and again. And when any game lasts so long, that's bound to happen at some point.

Cue all of those Monopoly squabbles, and dare we say it, happy family memories!