Since its appearance in 1935, the Monopoly board game has become the best-selling board game in the world. Over 200 million monopoly games have been sold and an estimated 500 million people have played it. Sold in 80 countries and 26 languages, Monopoly has been sneaking into homes around globe. But is Monopoly really the wholesome family fun Parker Brother wants you to see it as?
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The Monopoly board game sends subliminal messages into the children who play it. The title itself teaches children that Monopolies are something grand, fun, and exciting. Something good. Something to strive for. This lesson is echoed throughout the game as players rely on their monopolies to take mass amounts of money from opponents and claw their way to the top of the economic latter.
Many other subliminal messages are scattered throughout the game. The chance space for instance shows children that it's a good thing to take unneeded risks, which although not very important in a small-scale game world, could be the difference between life and death later. When a player rolls doubles three times or lands on the "Go to Jail" space, they are sent directly to jail, but with a small bribe of 50 bucks, the jail keeper is very willing to let them leave on their next roll.
Monopoly teaches kids that money is all that matters, that is the key to happiness, and that having money makes you a "winner". It teaches that friendships are only worthwhile to allow one to make more money, and causes a player to focus solely on himself or herself. Monopoly teaches players to take advantage of others and turns friends and family against one another,
Monopoly gives children a skewed vision of the value of money, and makes the business world seem overly simple. It leads them to believe that making money in the corporate world is surprisingly easy and that business is all just fun and games. It causes children to become over confident in their abilities, a trait that will surely come back to haunt them.
Monopoly is slowly destroying the youth of our world, and we must put our foot down, say "NO MORE!" and stop Parker Brothers in their tracks. We cannot stand by and watch as our children are brainwashed with subliminal messages and false information. We cannot wait. We must do something now!