We all know and love/hate Monopoly, the classic version that is. The board game that might make an appearance during Christmas, that inevitably involves joy, tears and possibly someone upending the board due to a lack of capitalist tendencies that Monopoly brings out in some.
Hasbro, the makers of Monopoly are canny capitalists and have a special edition for every occasion. We trawled the internet and according to some ‘fan’ pages, there are over 1000 versions. With Pokemon, Game of Thrones, The City of Lagos, Disney and our personal favourite Friends, with Ross constantly ‘on a break’ and not in jail.
However, with a new addition, we think that Hasbro has gone too far. Introducing Millennial Monopoly.
What is Millennial Monopoly?
Just in case you were wondering, Millennial is the term given to those of us who were born in the 80s and 90s, thus are in young adulthood round about now.
Millennial Monopoly plays on all the stereotypes we all know but cuts the line between satire and offensive very thinly. The box states ‘forget real estate, you can’t afford it anyway’ if that didn’t get you going then just wait.
Instead of trying to amass the most money and bankrupting your opponents, in this version you are collecting life experiences by visiting destinations such as a vegan bistro, farmers market, 3-day music festivals, a week-long meditation retreat, and your friends’ sofa. The person who collects the most experiences wins, YAY.
The box doesn’t hold back, and pronounces “Money doesn’t always buy a great time, but experiences, whether they’re good — or weird — last forever.” This is a thinly veiled insult that just doesn’t sit well with us.
Are we just being sensitive?
Just to be clear this product is making money from Millennials, whilst mocking the lifestyle that we are supposedly living. It works on some ridiculously tired stereotypes about the millennial generation.
One of the things the board tries to comically highlight and parody is that millennials are delaying life events such as marriage and homeownership. Which we all know we CANNOT AFFORD.
According to a study conducted by investment firm T. Rowe Price. The average worker in the 24-36 age group earns £7,860 less than their parents’ generation did at the same age (using inflation). This is roughly 20% less purchasing power.
So we are apparently all unmarried because we have less money. This is due to recessions and economic sanctions that were out of our hands. Forget not being able to afford a wedding, if you are single it means that it is harder to rent let alone buy your own home. Then there is the debt that we all carry around.
Did we mention that the person with the most student loan debt IRL gets to roll first?
Millennial Monopoly pokes fun because we cannot buy properties, get married or invest non-existent money. Thus all we have in our lives is experiences. This is offensive, unfair and depressing. In true Millennial style, we are cancelling Millennial Monopoly.
All we know is that Millennial Monopoly is the last thing you would expect to find on our Christmas list.