The earliest version of Monopoly goes back to the beginning of the 20th century when Elizabeth Magie developed The Landlord’s Game. This was a pastime designed to expose the privileges of owning property and land, in addition to encapsulating economics and taxation. Around three decades later, a version of the game with the name ‘Monopoly’ was sold in the USA through the Parker Brothers.

There has been some controversy about who invented the game. Most Monopoly sets referenced Charles Darrow as the inventor, who became the first man to earn over one million pounds from creating a board game. But it was apparently Lizzie Magie who had the initial concept and who patented it in 1904. The board game has subsequently been fiercely played within families ever since, and the first-ever Monopoly tournaments began in 1973, which continue to this day.

The Classic Board Game
Monopoly is one of the games that have stood the test of time partly because of its legacy and aura in the gaming world, but also due to its unforgiving nature. It really does often end up with one person ruling the roost, milking every opportunity to extract any remaining money from the other players, and basically annoying everyone else. It’s the true nature of business monolopy in the harsh real world. Very realistic in some ways. And it’s why many people have a love/hate nature with the game, but also why it can be so addictive. There are several strategies you can employ; buy anything you land on, only go for a few particular colours, go for the train stations, only go for the really expensive properties, get one street and just buy as many houses on it as quickly as you can. Whatever strategy you go for, you still need some good fortune on your side and also to stay out of jail. Of all the classic board games, such as Risk, Cluedo, The Game of Life etc, Monopoly always stands out as being the daddy of them all in many people’s eyes.

New Versions of Monopoly
But in a world where video games have often taken over as the family entertainer in every other household, another way Monoply has survived is through adaptations. You can now the game play online and through gaming apps. There are also travel versions of Monopoly and card game versions of Monopoly. Plus, it is famous for having dozens, nay hundreds, of different versions of the game for people to play, and collect, to have a slightly different experience. These variations include properties such as Star Wars, The Simpsons, James Bond, Angry Birds, sports teams, cities and towns round the world. You name it and there is probably a Monopoly version of it. You think Funko Pop created a good business plan by creating hundreds of licensed versions of its little vinyl people? Monopoly got into that game years earlier.

It can be said by some that Monopoly teaches you skills for live. Certainly skills to be a ruthless business person perhaps. If you find yourself winning no matter what variation or opponent, perhaps you could be a future property tycoon, or you might have some valuable skills in property trading and currency trading too. Or you might be able to get into the Monopoly World Championship. It exists a bit like the FIFA World Cup, as it only comes around every four years. Plenty of time to practice!

Why We Still Love Monopoly
The reason Monopoly is so popular is because it combines two elements that make engaging propositions. One of them is strategy, and the other is chance. It allows competitive gamers to get excited about using their own strategies and tactics to win. But it also appeals to gamers who enjoy the element of luck involved when rolling the dice or picking the right card.

The different versions mentioned above also go a long way to keeping people entertained in one of the oldest board games going. The new themes make it relevant and more attractive to local populations who may live in the area where the new theme is based.

Why Does Monopoly Cause So Many Spats?
The other thing that Monopoly is famous for is for causing arguments. It causes so many family arguments and tantrums for the same reason why we love playing it so much. If the game includes lots of elements of luck and strategy, even the most focused and dedicated players must succumb to their own fortune every now and again. When any game lasts so long, that’s bound to happen at some point. But I guess when someone ends up monopolising the whole board, it’s a good lesson in how to be a fair loser.

Cue all of those Monopoly squabbles, and hopefully, happy family memories!