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Why does Monopoly destroy families?

It's no secret that gaming in families can deepen longstanding conflicts. But it's Monopoly that has historically caused even the most sedate auntie to try and send the whole group to jail. Is it the Chance? The Community Chest? The natural grievances brought out by an inflated property market?
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It brings out latent rivalries

Sibling rivalries? Daddy issues? Every family has unseen issues that come to the surface in competitive environments.

Daddy issues

Papa don't preach: first you abandon me as a child, then you send me to jail for not rolling doubles? Come on now. Explore

Favourite child syndrome

Not all children are born equal. Even when they are born into the same family. Monopoly provides the perfect opportunity for those deep-seated anxieties to battle out against one another. Explore

It forces relatives to compete against each other

Competition is competition. Whether you're playing against a beloved auntie, or a professional nemesis - winning is everything. And some people are just bad losers.

Competition creates friction

The game is built around incentivising players to fight against each other. Explore

The intensity of the situation

When do families play Monopoly? When they're trapped together in confined spaces, desperately looking for something to end the inane smalltalk. It's a situation that lends itself to disaster.

Being stuck indoors with family is never going to end well

You've finished the Miniature Heroes, run out of charades prompts, and it's cold outside. The circumstances that lead to Monopoly playing bring out the worst in people. Explore

Money is divisive

Monopoly is a game of money. And let's face it - is there anything in life that leads to more arguments, fights or wars than cold hard cash?

The game requires little skill

What's more annoying than a barely solvent relative demanding huge payouts, simply because they drew a lucky Chance card? Explore

Capitalism is a losing game

Why are some countries rich, and some countries poor? Because success in the capitalist economy depends on the poverty of others. Blood may be thicker than water, but cash is thicker than blood...isn't it? Explore

Beating is cheating

Don't hate the player, hate the...Success in Monopoly hinges on avoiding those rent payments, and scamming the banker.

There's always a cheater

There's always one relative who thrives on doing the dirty on their loved ones. Let's hope it's not you. Explore
This page was last edited on Friday, 13 Mar 2020 at 12:52 UTC