Monster High: How the Beastly Beauties Are Beating Barbie

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Fashion dolls have been around for a very long time now. Its earliest incarnations were Bisque dolls made in France and Germany during the mid-19th century. These were created using unglazed porcelain. Fast forward to the present time, contemporary figurines are produced out of different types of plastic. Manufactured either as a toy for children or a collectible for adults, its reason for existence never changes: to be dressed in order to reflect fashion trends. One name that has long been the figurehead of the fashion doll market is Barbie. Designed by the American toy company Mattel, Inc., shehas been the brand that others try to catch up to, if not equal with for over five decades now. Unfortunately, recent numbers show a significant decline in Barbie sales with a loss of $11.2 million in 2014. And this turnaround all points to the monster dolls of Monster High. So, how exactly is this happening?   Kids These Days The 21st century is a major reason for this. With its various technological advances come a change in relatibility, especially for the children who were born in the new millennium. Their tastes and interests slowly shift from the classic and analog to the hip and digital. Just how many 3-6 year olds today can we see tinkering and playing with their parents’ phones and tablets with know-how comparable to adults? In this media-saturated age, child values inevitably shift just like the trends that influence it, which can explain the recent triumph of Monster High over Barbie.   Story Time! Launched by Mattel in 2010, Monster High’s franchise offers an expansive line of products. Aside from its flagship toy dolls, it also includes bags, stationery, accessories, TV specials, movies, webisodes, and video games. With these bevy of merchandise goes a whole linear narrative that the children can follow, and this could be an edge Monster High has over Barbie.   Pop culture also has a hand in this. The physical appearances and backgrounds of each character were inspired by various monster and sci-fi movies, as well as horror and thriller stories. These details set them apart from other fashion dolls available on the market. And with the numerous media franchises proliferating today telling stories about love struck vampires and zombies, it’s no wonder why children seem to gravitate from the classic to the complex sense of beauty.   Flaunt Your Flaws It can be said that the brand’s message of celebrating one’s flaws, whether related to looks or personality, is Monster High’s prime highlight and selling point over its long-tenured rival.  Barbie has long been an aspirational figure of uber-beauty for the young little girls, and with this she also has been criticized time and again by that seemingly unattainable standard.

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The main characters of Monster High have their own individual imperfections. Frankie Stein has stitches that loosen at the worst possible times; Clawdeen Wolf’s fur grows back swiftly; Draculaura can’t see her reflection in the mirror; Cleo de Nile is a monster who’s afraid of the dark; Ghoulia Yelps can only speak zombie; and Lagoona Blue’s skin tends to dry out fast is she’s out of the water for a long time. The Ghoulfriends stay as BFFs amidst these blemishes and they find ways to excel in Monster High, which could also be a timely reminder now that bullying is such a contested and prevalent issue within the youth and their educational systems.

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With that, it seems that Barbara Millicent Roberts has a lot of thinking and reflecting to do. Will she make a comeback?   Check out our Monster High Collection:  Monster High Ghouls Rule Locker Vanity Monster High Dawn of the Dance Frankie Stein   Thoughts? Comments? Come share them below.

What Makes a Great Sherlock Holmes Portrayal?

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For decades, fictional super sleuth Sherlock Holmes has been portrayed across various forms of media. Whether it’s a radio adaptation, film, television show, or theatrical plays, the creative can always find cool and exciting ways to churn out new versions of this intelligent and charming character. In fact, the Guinness World Book of Records recognized Sherlock Holmes as the “most portrayed literary character in film & TV.” (Reference)

With so many portrayals, you and your friends have probably spent hours debating about the best actor who perfectly played the part. To help you out, here’s a comprehensive guide that’ll help you determine the best portrayal of the popular fictional detective.

The Different Faces of Mr. Holmes

Let’s be honest here. When you hear the name Sherlock Holmes, whose face comes to mind first? Is it Robert Downey Jr. or Benedict Cumberbatch? Well, we wouldn’t take it against you. After all, these two are the most recent faces that donned the cloak of the world’s greatest detective. But just so you’d be knowledgeable of the other actors that put on Sherlock’s shoes, here are a few of them.

 

  • Basil Rathbone, 14 Hollywood films from 1939 -1946 as Sherlock Holmes
  • Robert Stephens, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, 1970
  • Roger Moore, Sherlock Holmes in New York, TV movie, 1976
  • Christopher Plummer, Silver Blaze, 1977 and Murder by Decree, 1979
  • Ian Richardson, The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Sign of Four, 1983
  • Jeremy Brett, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, TV series, 1984 – 1994
  • Charlton Heston, The Crucifer of Blood (based on The Sign of the Four), TV movie, 1991
  • Rupert Everett, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking, BBC film, 2004
  • Robert Downey Jr., Sherlock Holmes, 2009 and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, 2011
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock, TV series, 2010 – ongoing.

 

There are a few more actors who hit the screens in portrayal of the great detective but those listed above are the ones that, dare we say it, made more impact than the others. Be it good or bad, those actors gave life to Sherlock Holmes from the pages of the book where he was first introduced to the world.

If you search these names on the internet, trying to find how they justified the role and who portrayed it best, you’d find varying opinions about the matter. Thinking about it, what were the criteria through which these actors have been rated and ranked? What were the bases when they were tagged good or bad?

The answer would be: The Book! Sherlock was originally given life through the pages of the books Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a Scottish author and physician, wrote back in 1887. 128 years after the release of the first book about the world’s most genius detective, Sherlock Holmes continues to pique the interest of bookworms and movie buffs alike.

This undying fascination gave birth to a lot of debate as to who played the role best – who gave life to the book best. This leads us to tackling about what was written in the book and try to compare for ourselves who among those men is the best personification of the great Sherlock Holmes.

Fictional Detective

Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective that possesses the ability to solve the trickiest criminal cases that he stumbles upon. He knows where to look for clues, analyze each one, and piece them together. Through these clues, he will re-create the scene inside his head, draw conclusions, find proof of these conclusions, and give his deduction – case closed.

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Knowledge and Skills

Sherlock Holmes was presented to have an educational background in chemistry. This is what he uses to perform scientific methods and give out scientific explanations while he focuses on logic, observation, and deduction. He is also knowledgeable in Literature, Philosophy, Astronomy, Politics, Botany, Geology, Anatomy, Sensational Literature, British Law, and plays the violin well.

Combat Fighter

The detective is described to have an above-average physical strength. He can use pistols, cane and sword, and even riding crop which was described in the book as his favorite weapon. Sherlock can box. Actually, he is an adept bare-knuckle fighter. Holmes occasionally engages in hand-to-hand combat with his adversaries and is always victorious. And yes, Holmes also does martial arts.

Forensic Science

He picks out small clues from shoe sole and tire impressions, missing shirt buttons, or crumpled sleeves. He observes the style and attitude of his clients and suspects – noting how they dress, carry themselves, their state of mind, and even the clay on their boots to deduce their origin and recent history.

In 2002, the Royal Society of Chemistry bestowed an honorary fellowship on Holmes (Reference) for his skills in using forensic science as well as analytical chemistry in popular literature. This makes him, as of 2010, the only fictional character thus honored.

Responds to Flattery

Sherlock was created to be the ultimate detective that the police turn to when they face a dead-end. He works alone and in secret but likes the fact that his skills are recognized. He responds to flattery and has a knack for showing off. Holmes likes to set elaborate traps to trap and unmask the criminal. He also often does this to feed his pride, wow his friend, Watson, and the Scotland Yard inspectors.

Dispassionate and Cold

Sherlock is usually dispassionate and cold and always wears a straight face. During investigations, however, he becomes animated and excited. The more bizarre the cases are, the more excited he gets and the more he wants to solve it.

Arrogant

He’s arrogant and believes that he’s better than the others. Holmes takes great pleasure in baffling police officers with his deductions. Yet despite all these, he doesn’t actively seek fame and usually let the police take public credit for his work.

Anti-Social

Sherlock was written to be a man who likes to keep to himself. Holmes believes that his field of interest is very distinct that there are no other men around him who share the same interest and that there aren’t any points of contact with them at all. Well that was until Dr. Watson arrived- the man who was able to open Holmes’ bubble of isolation and make room for himself inside it.

  

Uses Drugs

Holmes was described to be an occasional user of addictive drugs, especially in the absence of stimulating cases. He uses cocaine, which he injects in a seven-percent solution with a syringe kept in a Morocco leather case. He also uses morphine on top of his fascination with cigars and tobacco.

Money Doesn’t Matter

Sherlock Holmes was described to be financially stable. In one of the books, Watson noted that the detective would refuse to take the case of the well-off if their cases did not pique his interest. He would rather devote weeks at a time to take the cases of his humblest clients.

 

So, did your favorite actor manage to add these characteristics while portraying Sherlock Holmes?  Hit that comments box and let the discussion begin!

 

Kevin Bacon, Six Degrees, and Connections

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If a Kevin Bacon movie marathon is not enough to satisfy your cravings for this fine actor, then you should definitely play this board game that’s based on him! Known as the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, this pastime activity can provide hours of fun for any die-hard Kevin Bacon fans. Check out this short post to learn more about this parlor game. What it’s About The Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, or sometimes called the Bacon Game, was based on the “six degrees of separation” concept that any two people are acquainted six or fewer links apart. In this case, the American actor/musician was believed to have worked with everyone in Hollywood in some way or another. According to Brian Turtle, the creator of the game, the idea flashed while watching “Footloose” on TV, along with two other Kevin Bacon films that were played consecutively after it. This got Brian and his friends thinking that Kevin Bacon must have become the center of the entertainment universe. (Reference) 20 years has passed since the birth of the game, many people are still enjoy participating in the activity, especially the quick-thinking movie buffs. How to Play So how is the game played? Players first follow a dice-rolling process and take turns providing a name of an actor to their opponent. Their opponent, in turn, should think of the shortest path possible between the given actor and Kevin Bacon. Then, he or she may either come up with other actors or actresses with whom that given actor may have worked with in a movie. Or if the player is good enough, he or she may connect the actors name directly to Kevin Bacon, which could be made possible by a deck of cards that offers hints. The player then repeats the cycle of connecting actors to one another through movies starred in until he or she arrives with a way to connect that latest connected actors name with Kevin Bacon. The catch, of course, is that the connection must be done within six turns or lower. Here’s an example. Try to connect Will Smith with Kevin Bacon. Then, one could start by saying:

  1. Will Smith and Jon Voight both starred in “Enemy of the State”
  2. Jon Voight, on the other hand, starred with Burt Reynolds in “Deliverance”
  3. Burt Reynolds, along with Demi Moore, appeared in “Strip Tease”
  4. Finally, Demi Moore and Kevin Bacon starred in “A few good men”

This example shows that it can be done in 4 degrees or steps. But of course, others may come up with a much shorter or longer degree. The Wrap Up The game may sound difficult, but it is actually fun since there are times when a player needs to defend an associated actor or actress, thus requiring some “convincing”. Consequently, the players may find themselves laughing over the explanation. The real challenge of the game, however, was not the pressure of coming up with the shortest possible connections, but thinking quickly and recalling the movies that you have watched before. A vast knowledge with different films, as well as being familiar with its pool of actors and actresses, can be a big advantage. So before you challenge your family, friends, and colleagues in this game of wits, make sure that you have binge-watched a lot of Kevin Bacon films.

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If your reaction to this game’s title is “Kevin who?” you might steer clear of this faddish but popular trivia game. On the other hand, if you’re a quick-thinking movie buff and know exactly who this tall, angular star of such movies as Footloose and A Few Good Men is, you’ll probably enjoy Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.

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Top 5 Most Amazing Powerpuff Girls Episodes That You Should Totally Watch

PPG is the Emmy-award winning American cartoon series released by the premiere kid’s channel, Cartoon Network. The charming characters and interesting storyline made by Craig McCracken were the perfect ingredients that made it the most highly-rated cartoon series in its network’s history. From 1998 to 2005, this trio hooked a lot of young audiences, mainly the 90’s kids who grew up watching the trio kick some ass.

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The famous Powerpuff Girls (PPG) aka “sugar, spice, and everything nice, spilled with Chemical X trio” is now set to return in our TV screens next year(Reference). Pretty soon, you’ll be seeing Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup defend Townsville against memorable foes like Mojo Jojo, Him, and maybe some other new villains. But before the much awaited TPPG reboot hits the small screen, let us see if you still remember its history and the show’s top five best episodes.

 

5. Knock It Off

This episode is about Dick Hardly, a friend of Professor Utonium, who discovered the girls’ power and wanted to market them. Obviously, the Professor kicked him out but Dick never stopped and fooled the girls. He became a monster after swallowing the Chemical X and trapped the little girls in a Chemical X sucking machine. Professor Utonium showed up offering his life in exchange of his three girls but Dick refused. The Professor and the little girls declared their love for each other. Eventually, the power of love saved them.

 

4. See me, Feel me, Gnomey

All the main villains unite and tried to abolish the Powerpuff Girls. There’s even a black gnome who promised the girls a better world without evil if they’re going to give up their powers. The girls almost fell on this trap, but the Professor explained that the world will never be free of evil. With the heart of a hero, the girls destroyed the gnome.

3. Telephonies

This is the episode where the villains became heroes. The confused little girls were being tricked by the Gangreen Gang using the character of the mayor. They told the girls that Mojo, HIM, and Fuzy was up to something wicked, but the villains said they are not doing anything bad. Eventually, Big Billy revealed that Gangreen Gang was tricking them. In the end, the villains, Mojo, HIM, and Fuzzy, teamed up to beat the Gang.

2. Mime for a Change

Rainbow the Clown showed up and turned into Mr. Mime after a truck full of bleach tipped over him. Mr. Mime seeks for revenge on the world by taking the vibrant vibe away from everyone. He made the whole town black and white. And it’s not just the scenery that he changed. Without color, life in Townsville became lifeless and dull too! The girls solved the problem by singing a song about how love makes the world go ‘round.

1. The Rowdyruff Boys

In this episode, Mojo Jojo tried to make his own Powerpuff Girls. But instead of creating cute, little girls, his experiment produced The Rowdyruff Boys instead. The new super villain trio consisted of Brick, Boomer, and Butch. Mojo Jojo told the boys that the girls are a threat to them. The Rowdyruff Boys confronted and fought the Powerpuff Girls. Try as they might, the super girls were no match against the boys because they’re more powerful. Instead of trying to fight back, the charming girls kissed the boys, causing them to explode.

With these all-time favorite episodes, fans demand for more. Finally, Rob Sorcher, Cartoon Network’s chief content officer, announced that these pint-sized girls are about to use their forces again to fight the evil in 2016. The rebooted version of these little charming heroes is expected to amaze the new generation and satisfy its old viewers.

How about you, what do you expect in the Powerpuff Girl’s comeback? Let us know in the comments!

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Five Winning Strategies to Master Connect 4

Connect 4 is a simple but extremely exciting strategy game that has been played by hobbyists for quite some time now. This two-player game comes with a board with seven columns and 6 rows. To play it, there are 42 discs in two different colors. The board is where the players will drop the colored discs one at a time.

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The first player to connect four pieces of the same color wins; either it is lined up vertically, horizontally, or diagonally. If the board is filled up of all 42 discs and neither player connects four, the game ends in draw. It can be played by children and adults, as long as they understand the rules. Connect 4 can be bought as a physical board game, but it also has an app version that caters to modern mobile players.

In the past, people didn’t really have a particular set of strategies on how to play it. But as the game became more popular, they started studying the different techniques on how to win. One of which is the master thesis of Victor Allis which stated that the first player can always win through the center column. In this post, you’ll learn the best strategies that you can use in order to become a Connect 4 champion!

  1. The center column is your way to victory

Drop your discs mostly to the middle spot; it’s an advantage since all winning combinations need a disc in the middle row. With this technique, your opponent will most likely experience some difficulties in connecting four checkers. Victor Allis even agreed and proved this winning tactic.

 

 

  1. Look out for possible moves ahead

Your opponent’s goal is to defeat you, and you don’t want that to happen. If your opponent can build a three-in-a-row, block it or you’ll lose. Always think ahead and observe your opponent’s moves.

 

  1. Balance offense and defense

Don’t just focus on offense; know when you need play some defense. Block your opponent’s line up mainly when your opponent is trying to build three-in-a-row diagonal linked with three-in-a-row horizontal. It’s a deadly move, and if your attention is only on offense, you’ll lose to this winning combination.

 

  1. Say no to game-ending spaces

Watch out for the game-ending spaces. This usually happens when a certain area of the board becomes a spot for a connect-four opportunity. Once your opponent fills that portion, the game will be over. Never play below those critical spaces but force your opponent to block drop his/her disc in the space. Try to connect-four that will force your opponent to drop his disc in the dangerous spot.

 

  1. Disrupt your opponent

Building a three-in-a-row will force your opponent to block your move first, instead of building his/her own lineup. You will definitely succeed in interrupting his/her tactics. By doing this, he/she will also waste moves in trying to block you.

Today, there are many new and exciting versions of Connect 4.  Some examples include a fantastic 3D version, an online edition so you can play with your friends anytime and anywhere, and even a gigantic version that’s larger than life! We also have a game Connect Four Classic Grid Game, sold at amazon.

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Got any effective strategies you want to share? Post it in the comments section below!

Board Games and Bonding Time

Kids these days have lost an important experience, that of playing board games with their parents. They’re all too busy looking at their phones and tablets for hours on end to sit down and play a board game like Monopoly or Scrabble with their parents. There was a time when this happened quite often, especially on rainy days during beach vacations, when there was nothing else to do but sit inside and play a board game. Mom and Dad would get out the Monopoly board and sit down with the kids, and a happy hour or two would ensue.

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Well, sometimes. Actually, what also happened at times was that little Joey turned into a rapacious businessman who did everything he could to drive the rest of the family to bankruptcy by buying up all the prime boardwalk property and pushing them to the sidelines. At some point there would be arguments, shouting, accusations of cheating, and then perhaps someone would overturn the board and stomp out of the room. Sometimes this childish behavior would actually be coming from Dad, who had a major competitive streak, and didn’t like losing to his kids.

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Seriously, though, board games are still a great way for parents to bond with their children. Although it can be hard to get children these days to put down their phones and concentrate on a board game, they often find that it’s a pleasant experience. It’s nice to stop all the chatter from social media and just focus on a game, and it can be a great time for parents and children to get to know each other better. It’s definitely worthwhile to get out the board games once in a while!

The Importance of Playing Games with your Child

Many parents believe that they don’t have enough time to play with their children, or that there isn’t a need for them to do so. Games are a major part of every child’s development, and a parental influence in this is very important.
Below are 5 reasons that make playing games with your child beneficial, for both parties involved.
1. Strengthens the bond between parent and child.
When a baby is born, they are not aware that they are separate from their parents, as we take care of their every need. This forms a very important nurturing bond. As a child grows older they become more independent and develop their own ideas and personalities. As a result, maintaining this relationship becomes more challenging.
When the parent plays games with the child it helps to build a stronger bond, by creating an environment for the parent to interact with the child in a way that they both enjoy. This brings them closer and helps develop a lasting relationship.
2. The parent is able to teach the child through games.
Playing games is the way that children learn about the world they are in. They are introduced to different aspects of themselves, their environment and other people. It is also more likely that they will remember what they learn while doing activities they love.
This makes play-time an ideal opportunity to teach a child moral values and social skills. Games based on reasoning encourage the child to develop problem-solving abilities and patience. These are all skills that will last a lifetime.
3. Enables the child to feel more secure.
It is the parents’ responsibility to ensure that children have a strong sense of security and safety. Playing games with them shows them they are loved and supported. This interaction also fulfils the child’s natural desire for their parents’ attention.
4. Parents become more aware of their child’s individuality.
Our children live in a world that we have created for them, and even though parental guidance is necessary, it is good to be able to see things from their point of view.
Whenever we play with our children, we can enter their world. Playing open minded games in which they set the rules, allows us to experience more of who they really are. In addition, our interest builds their confidence and teaches them to themselves more.
5. Helps increase communication.
It can be difficult for a child to express themselves verbally. Games that encourage self-expression will help them to get their point across. It is also a good way to for a child to show how they feel, when they are unable to explain it.

 

Here are few great board games that you can play with your children:

Mouse Trap Board Game

 

Solar Quest Space Board Game

Playing games with a child is more important than ever in modern society. Keep them short and sweet, and let your child know how much you love playing with them. One important thing to remember is that it is not the amount of time spent on the games, but the quality of the time and what both the parent and child will take away from the interaction.

Who Played the First Monopoly Game

There is no doubt that people in most countries in the world have heard of and played Monopoly. Of course, a considerable number of them have made their own versions of the game. Enjoyed by everyone, young and old alike, it is no doubt the most popular board game in history.

Since practically everyone knows how to play Monopoly, would it not be interesting to know about origins?

Monopoly, originally called The Landlord’s Game, was invented in 1904 by Elizabeth Magie in Brentwood, Maryland. She devised the game to educate people on the social pitfalls of unequal wealth among people. However this backfired because players turned greedier in amassing money and property, relishing their opponents’ financial troubles.

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The Landlord’s Game Monopoly was played in the eastern U.S., especially in Pennsylvania, beginning around 1910. Homemade boards were designed specifically to represent the local creator’s home city. John Heap produced a game board that described Altoona, PA in perfect detail. John’s son, Roy Heap, recalled playing the game as a child between 1910 and 1917 and referred to it as “Monopoly.”

Pennsylvanian Charles Darrow produced the first commercial version of Monopoly in 1934, based on Atlantic City, New Jersey. The game has become more popular as a result of changes in Elizabeth Magie’s original game. Today, players could raise rents by “building” houses and hotels, and “monopolizing” properties – using better strategies.

Monopoly has been loved and enjoyed by people from the first players of the game to today’s generation of enthusiasts. It is the most engaging and well known game the world.

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Brain Stimulator: Chess

Chess is a sport never to be underestimated. Although some people do not consider this game to be a sport, it is great exercise for the brain.

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Chess today has the same characteristics and style as the game that was played in England during the Renaissance. Basically, chess is a battle between two armies. It was at first considered a game for nobility. Literature reflected it as a metaphor for moral behavior.

The different chess pieces were linked to the different classes of people. The design of the chess pieces and how they must move on the board is derived from proper behavior and decorum. For instance, knights in chess were designed as horses and behave like a knight who attacks the opponents to defend the king.

Chess is a very challenging game because all players must employ simultaneous strategies, planning – how to get the best long-term advantages over their opponents, and tactics – making short-term moves – to win. Many chess masters and prodigies often memorize hundreds of patterns for moves that have been proven to be successful through extensive practice. An average player can create and invent moves and strategies.

Whose brain would not be stimulated in every highly engaging battle of wits to determine who will be able to checkmate the other player’s king first?

Monopoly: The Most Popular Game in History

I recently found myself playing a game of monopoly with my family. A game I haven’t played since I was a kid, I didn’t even remember the concept! I decided I would learn as we played. What I realized was that the more I learned, the less I wanted to play.

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Monopoly is a game that really makes you think.

How much money do I have? Can I afford to buy houses or hotels? I started running out of money pretty quickly. My dad managed to buy up most of the board so every time I passed go and collected $200 I had to shell it over to him.

The more money I lost the more frustrated I became. I wondered, who ever thought that this was a fun game? So I did some research and was shocked to learn that Monopoly is actually the most popular board game in history and it made it to The National Toy Hall of Fame in 1998. I also learned that the original concept of the game was to point out unequal wealth in society.

Now it all makes sense! Monopoly does a great job of making that point. The reason I wasn’t enjoying the game was because I kept growing poor while my dad was getting rich. Since discovering the true point of the game my feelings have drastically changed.

It is a great game that can be used as a tool to teach kids and adults how to manage their money and stay afloat amongst inequality. And to make the game even more fun, you can buy a version that represents the city that you live in!