Monopoly is a wonderful game that tears families apart and ruins relationships. But the latest edition of the beloved game that my family blatantly refuses to play with me anymore takes it to a whole new level.
The game, that’s entire premise is based on the concept of capitalism, has seen hundreds of special editions in its 100+ years on the market. From The Simpsons to this weird Bass Fishing Monopoly that’s perfect for your uncle that spends too much time talking about his boat, there’s a monopoly for every need.
But the internet doesn’t seem to think there was ever a need, or a want for socialist monopoly, according to 10 Daily. The obvious joke features a witty description that takes the piss out of socialism, which is unsurprising considering the tagline is “winning is for capitalists!”
“In the Monopoly Socialism game players move around the board working together to make a better community by managing and contributing to projects such as a no-tip vegan restaurant, an all-winners school, or a museum of co-creation. But nobody said that cooperation is easy!” the game’s description reads. “You’ll have issues with your neighbors, your DIY community projects go awry, you’re constantly voting to shake things up, and there’s always an emergency that requires dipping into the Community Fund!”
But not everyone saw the humour in the game. Twitter user and historian Nick Kapur attacked the game in a series of tweets posted yesterday. This guy sounds like he’d be super fun at games night.
I bought a copy of Hasbro's mean-spirited and woefully ill-informed "MONOPOLY: SOCIALISM" board game so you don't have to – a thread 1/ pic.twitter.com/YhZWDjkAnj
— Nick Kapur (@nick_kapur) August 21, 2019
Some people saw the humour in the clearly satirical game.
Get your money distribution.
Throw it into a pile.
A non-player takes 95%.
And the game is over.
— JohnnyNoble™️???????? (@JohnnyNoblebody) August 23, 2019
Me playing socialist monopoly is going to be obnoxious. With each turn or flip of a chance card. I'll read it and then go on a long diatribe about the perils of it. My kids will complain "Daaad!!! Stahp!" And I will change the games name to Socialist Monotony.
— DeFo Friendly (@FoAnimated) August 23, 2019
i bought a copy of hasbro's socialism monopoly and had a good time… i think you need some friends, man. screaming into the void about a new board game you can't play has gotta be damaging to your psyche https://t.co/W4ocTaeOE2
— Alexander Nicholi ???? (@nicholatian) August 23, 2019
But obviously it wouldn’t be the internet if someone wasn’t wildly offended by a fucking board game, right?
It’s sort of weird that Hasbro has a version of Monopoly trying to mock socialism considering that the capitalist goal of the original game is to bankrupt your friends and take all their stuff https://t.co/S1fpXern9r
— maple cocaine (@maplecocaine) August 22, 2019
It seems like this is some sort of weird joke that one of the board game executives at Hasbro thought would be a total hoot. But in true internet fashion, Twitter absolutely ripped it to shreds, regardless of what side of the argument they’re on.Image: Getty Images