Growing up, we played a lot of board-games in my house. Every weekend we would pick one and play, as a family. Frankly, I normally won, no matter what we game we played. It got to the point where my family didn’t want to play against me. Did I have a better understanding of the rules than they did? Was I just gifted with a perfect combination of strategy and luck? Not at all. I was simply the better cheater. Little did they know that I had stashes of money, for various games, hidden around the house. When I needed to I would simply feign a reason to walk away from the table, upon my return my pockets were stuffed with cash.
The new Monopoly seeks to appeal to the cheaters/realists among us. Life is not a fair game, and advantage over your enemies must be sought out and cherished. This new version will do away with social niceties and encourage players to do what it takes to win. Surely this is a much better lesson for life in our rapidly approaching dystopian future than the original game?
When talking to Business Insider, Jonathan Berkowitz, senior vice president of Hasbro gaming, had this to say.
We’ve finally decided to embrace our less-than-honest fans by encouraging them to partake in those iconic (yet sometimes unspoken) Monopoly moments that occur during family game nights. We’re excited to see what fans can get away with and how they’ll react to the new sneaky twists in the game.
The Monopoly Cheater’s Edition will be available in the fall for $19.99 for ages eight and up. That’s not a bad price for a new spin on one of the worlds most famous board games. I’d strongly suggest picking it up for the family at Christmas. No better way to spread Christmas cheer than by showing kids how tough life can get when you hide all the money on a shelf they can’t reach.