Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Monopoly and Variations of
The shrewd, cunning, or just plain lucky player gets filthy rich within a few hours, but then again, they are as likely to go to jail or declare bankruptcy. In the game of Monopoly, players start on equal footing, but the roll of the dice and the luck of the draw soon tip the balance of wealth into a few players' favor. Monopoly is a competitive real estate acquisition game in which players travel around the board, seeking to procure colorful deeds and avoid paying rent to others. This cutthroat game rose to popularity at the height of the Great Depression and continues to be the best-selling game of all time—more than 250 million sold. Since its advent, the thrill of wealth accumulation and economic domination has attracted roughly 480 million players around the world. Indeed, the phrase, “Do not pass Go, do not collect $200!” indicates immediacy in the ...