Is this maybe taking the joke a little too far?
People that know me understand (to varying degrees) I have a really dark sense of humour. Part coping mechanism, part twisted humour, part just wrong – whatever the cause, it’s just something I have.
I have also tried to point out on this site that Governments today are taking things too far. Partly out of apathy to the people they are supposed to represent, partly out of personal greed, even partly just being so out of touch with today’s realities. There are lots of reasons why political systems are breaking down, and why politicians need a wake-up call.
What has all this got to do with anything? The latest Hasbro release of Monopoly has both sides of this clashing within me.
On the surface, Monopoly for Millennials is a less cutthroat version of Monopoly where players are looking at enjoying life with experience rather than chasing the almighty dollar. Think Tokaido, but in Monopoly form.
On the surface.
What has me is the tagline on the front of the box:
Forget Real Estate. You can’t afford it anyway.
Now as I have said, I have a dark sense of humour. In many situations, this something like this would make me smile or even let out a chuckle.
For some reason though, I am actually finding this a bit offensive. Now I am approaching my mid-40’s. I have watched housing booms and busts and made it through the Global Financial Crisis of 07-09. Currently, I am watching the cost of living outstrip average wages in Australia.
Now, this is the situation in Australia, and not where Hasbro focuses their attention. But Australia is mirroring the issues with the US with an insane level of passion.
The divide between the ‘have’ and ‘have-nots’ is widening every year, with many indications that this is only going to increase going forward. This unfortunately is not an Australian issue though, and where I think I may be being a bit precious on this release.
Now a new Monopoly can be a novel experience, and some hit and some miss. And the idea of a new way of playing a game is always something I am on the lookout for.
But when items like this are mass produced and put in shops like Walmart, I am not sure how to take it. Now Monopoly Cheater’s Edition is a similar game with dark humour overtones, but for some reason that edition just makes me laugh.
But a game actively advertising to young players (this is the 8+ range remember?) to forget ever being able to afford property even in a game, something isn’t sitting right with me.
Your salary for passing go? $20. Now base wages have been getting harder and harder to make last like they used to, and this is a novel way of illustrating the fact. But at the end of the day, this is still a Monopoly game, and the game is illustrating just how hard it is to start out these days.
Maybe I am missing the point. Maybe I just saw the game existed when I got out of the wrong side of the bed. Truthfully, I am not sure. But this feels like you are paying the creators for pointing out how kicked in the teeth you are about to be in life. I can almost see the joke, but it keeps eluding me.
What do you think? Is this a version of Monopoly you would actively track down and play? Am I just being overly sensitive for some unknown reason? Let me know on the Facebook Page or Twitter!
Until next time,