What possessed Hasbro to make a mean Monopoly for Millennials game?

I’m solidly in the Gen X generation but I’m not old enough yet to think that my generation is better. Each of us has our issues and problems. Millennials get sh-t on a lot for being flaky, for relying on their phones, and for not saving money. Many of the issues we blame millenials for are beyond their control and are due to economic insecurity resulting from the high cost of education, the high cost of living, and the difficulty of finding decent-paying jobs. They have it harder than we did at their age and it’s not due to any overall personality trait, it just sucks.

Enter Hasbro, which just designed a really condescending version of Monopoly called Monopoly for Millenials. I’m sure that a team of baby boomers made it because they’re the worst. (KIDDING.) The lines on the box include “Adulting is hard,” “visit the hottest destinations – from your friend’s couch to the vegan bistro,” and “forget real estate, you can’t afford it anyway.” In this version of the game, players collect chips which represent upvotes on social media instead of money, there’s no real estate to buy and you win by collecting the most experiences on the board, like visiting an artisanal coffee shop or yoga studio. You can see a little video of the game below. Some of the Community Chest cards make you pay social media points for things like losing your free streaming trial and watching videos for hours when you were supposed to be looking for work. There’s a heavy use of hashtags, but instead of the actual sign, they write out “hashtag.” Ok I take it back, the boomers did design this. Not only is it obnoxious, it makes no sense as a Monopoly game.

Here’s the video:

Hasbro issued the following statement about this game:

We created Monopoly for Millennials to provide fans with a lighthearted game that allows Millennials to take a break from real life and laugh at the relatable experiences and labels that can sometimes be placed on them. With many of us being Millennials ourselves, we understand the seemingly endless struggles and silly generalizations that young Millennials can face (and we can’t even!). Whether you are a lifestyle vlogger, emoji lover or you make your ‘side hustle’ selling vegan candles, Monopoly for Millennials is for you!

[via Yahoo! News]

Go straight to jail, do not pass Go Hasbro you’re drunk. This is not some meta game where millennials subvert and take back the narrative about them, this was made by another generation TO label and mock them. You can tell by how awkward and stupid it is. Plus the statement is just a pitch, they’re not responding to the criticism. I would guess that Hasbro brought in a team of consultants and asked them to come up with something that would be buzzworthly. One a-hole executive loved it and dictated his stupid ideas to the team, who worked hard to please him. I do not miss working at software companies.

Waiting for the Amazon reviews to come in


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  1. Missy says:

    That last tweet is hilarious and so true. I’m technically a mellenial, born in 1988. I can’t stand old people criticizing mellenials for not saving money, and all that other shit. The world is in shambles, who’s fault is that?

    • Kitten says:

      *whispering* Boomers

      *runs and hides*

    • pinetree13 says:

      I’m a millenial too (barely) and I think this is hilarious. I would totally play it. I don’t see the issue….I feel like people are over reacting.

      • Peaches says:

        Ehhh, idk if I would call tweeting their dissatisfaction overreacting. I don’t like it, so I won’t buy it. I hope no one is calling for a boycott or anything like that. That would be overreacting to me. Whoever doesn’t like it should just not buy it. Let your money do the talking. But I don’t believe their pitch. It was meant to make millennials the butt of the joke and laugh at them not with them. That’s just my opinion.

    • jwoolman says:

      I don’t understand why the mean Monopoly version just applies to Millenials. My generation (are we the Boomers? Dads fought in WWII and we were born soon after they returned) was the one that consistently had to go back to live with the parents (with our kids in tow) or crash on other friends’ or relatives’ couches. We broke the pattern of each generation doing better than the last. At least that’s what we were told last century. We were the Beatles generation and later, so we also got blamed for having hair that was too long and music that was too incomprehensible. Not to mention all the weed and war protests.

      My gosh, things really don’t change much, do they?

    • Hoot says:

      @Peaches – FWIW, I have two millennial sons and I’m a boomer. I agree with you. I think Hasbro is playing the odds and hoping this game will sell to boomers, many of whom did the same things for which millennials are chastised. I don’t buy their explanation either. The game is a stupid idea.

  2. AnnaKist says:

    Errrgh. I used to always choose the top hat. I’m rubbish at Monopoly. 🎩

    • Pft says:

      I’ve only played Monopoly 3 times in my life, each time it took so long that i gave it to Goodwill. Someone got my daughter the “my little pony” version, i let her keep the pony figurines and threw away the rest of the game. Monopoly is banned at my house, it’s boring, it takes too much of my attention span, i’d rather play a game that distracts me from reality. I’m gen X i think (1979)…i don’t save, especially after the 2008 401K/housing bust lesson. What’s the point of scrambling one’s a$$ saving if a market adjustmemt crapfest is going to reduce years of savings, contributions and employer matchings to nothing? I’d rather have the money, in my trusty mattress (it doesn’t charge endless fees, it’s post tax, no ridiculous limits on when i can access MY money) and use it on what my family needs now. If i’ve learjed something in my 38 years of life isnto live one day at a time and enjoy the here and now. I use unconventional, old style saving methods. Safer than today’s socialist, restrictive options. Just my personal 5 cents.

      • Anners says:

        I *hate* monopoly. It’s a stupidly boring game. I read somewhere (too lazy to confirm – and I’m gen x, not a millennial) that it was originally created to show he evils of capitalism. Then Milton Bradley bought it and packaged it as a ‘fantastic ‘ game about life. The worst!

      • jwoolman says:

        I remember my first job after grad school in the mid-70s, when they were telling me about the pension fund contribution built into the paycheck deductions. I could not understand why anybody would save for a future when money would likely be worth much less than when you earned it. We already had that pattern established. My generation is full of people who don’t trust money to be stable and also have never really had extra money to “invest” (really gambling, and you shouldn’t gamble with money you actually may need).

        Prices were stamped permanently on grocery items when I was a kid, but by the time I was an adult they were too variable to do that. Prices just kept going up and up and income did not go up to match.

        When I was a kid, savings accounts typically earned 6% interest. ‘Nuff said. I’ve had interest as low as 0.2% as an adult, after a short period of close to 3%. The lesson learned is that nothing is stable, nothing is predictable.

      • Laura says:

        Money. You can’t live with it but don’t even try to live without it. It’s awful.

  3. Chef Grace says:

    LOL. Being a Boomer, I still have my sense of humor, but this game is such a sad mock up of society now. And mean and reflects what is wrong with our country at this time. People just being mean.
    We need help.

    • C-Shell says:

      As another Boomer, I agree, we HAVE to keep our sense of humor sharp. The world is a horrific mess right now, and it somewhat surprises me to hear (more often lately) that Boomers are to blame. Seriously? There’s enough accountability to go around. Which brings me to agreeing with your point about what’s wrong: mean spirited blaming instead of investment of talent and energy to attack our problems. I’m heartened by the voting turnout in the midterms and hoping it’s a sign of better days ahead.

      • Millenial says:

        I think a lot of Millennials feel Boomers (generally speaking, not everyone, obviously) got cheap college educations (compared to what we paid… and are still paying), affordable home ownership, etc… and still managed to cause the financial crisis which got a lot of Millennials started off on the wrong foot in the job market (when I graduated college in 2009, there were 200 applicants for every job I applied for – now that number for the same job is around 40-50). And to top it off, as a whole, the Boomer generation votes for Trump and applauds all these “tax cuts” which only put my generation further and further in debt. Boomers will still get social security. I’ve been paying into Social Security for 16 years already and will be lucky to see benefits at all.

        So, blame to go around? I mean, really? People say we got everything handed to us, but I can tell you most of us *do not* feel that way at all.

      • Veronica S. says:

        Boomers are too large of a demographic for extreme generalizations. This being said, it’s true that, statistically, Millenials just didn’t have the numbers to direct the economic or political direction of the country until fairly recently when Gen Z started coming of age with the young adults. For the most part, Boomers and the Gen X babies directed most of the social development for better or worse until recently. That doesn’t mean young people lack agency or that they aren’t responsible for showing up at the voting polls, but as far as accountability goes, it’s a more complicated issue than, “Well, this side did so and so.”

      • C-Shell says:

        Thank you, Veronica S., for expressing my underlying thought so well. I winced at the comment that “Boomers vote for Trump and applaud ‘all these’ tax cuts …” I’ve voted Democrat since I was 18 and McGovern ran for President, and 95% of my Boomer buddies are liberals and vote Democrat, as well. I, for one, was the first of my family to go to college, and later law school, much of which was financed with student loans, so I sympathize with the cost of education and the crushing debt a college graduate faces today. I also empathize with the job scarcity that compounds the problem … It took me 6 months to get a job after law school and was one of the lucky 49% of my graduating class to find employment as a lawyer in the first 5 years after graduating.

        All that to say, maybe many of us have more in common than separates us in life experience. I understand the resentment of the pig through the python that the Boomer generation represents and that has driven social change (with little thought for the economic consequences) for the last 70 years or so — that also includes marching for civil rights, against the Vietnam war, and for equal rights for women, so ……

    • Veronica S. says:

      Yeah, this one is just cruel. It’s punching down at a struggling demographic, not up at the power structures that helped create the issue. The Boomer/Millenial infighting has been a very successful propaganda campaign waged to distract us from who’s really causing the problem.

      • chubcucumber says:

        I should have read all the comments, I just posted about this punching down not punching up. But you said it better. 🙂 I totally agree.

      • jwoolman says:

        All ages need to get into the habit of voting in every election. That’s the only way to get the politicians to pay attention to you.

        Vote for the lesser of two evils or else you end up sometimes with a Trump. We have a binary system. Not voting lets the person with the most rabid followers (such as a Trump) or the most money from dubious sources (such as a Trump) win the election.

        It can be virtually impossible to find out anything about lower local offices, it’s ok to not vote for those or not for for all the options listed if you have given it a try and nothing surfaced. But you can always find out about candidates for US President/VP, US Senate and House, Governor etc. and sometimes other state positions. Just do what you can. But vote no matter how hopeless it seems and how cynical you feel.

  4. Spaniard says:

    So this game is for us ,Gen X generations, to sit and laugh while Millenials and Boomers throw some serious sh*t to each other.

    • Amy Tennant says:

      LOL. I’m an X-er too, but I have to say I seriously like Millennials, and Gen Z looks like they’re going to be absolutely amazing.

    • Malificent says:

      I’m very early Gen X (1967) . I was an older mom, so my son is Gen Z (2007). We live in Denver, which has been flooded by Millennials in the last few years. The abandoned tire factory is being renovated as lofts. The old gas station down the street has been turned into a hipster taco joint. And when we passed yet another new breakfast place with a clever name and bad omelets, we just shake our heads at each other and sigh — “Those Millennials are at it again!”

      My older siblings are Boomers and my nephews and nieces are Millennials, so it’s interesting to see the differences. And I appreciate having been raised by parents from the Silent Generation. My parents had a good sense of priorities after their families struggled through the Depression and lost loved ones who were fighting to save the world….

      • Whocares says:

        Not understanding why rejuvenating old buildings is so faux pas that you have to “shake your head” at Millennials… Get a life.

      • Antanina says:

        Malificent, you sound judgemental and out of touch with reality. Your age shows in your comment. Your wording is strange, like you are hostile towards younger generation without any good reasons – “Denver has been flooded by Millennials” – flooded? Who would you prefer to move in to your area? Because millenials now are 30 something years old. Young families with children (if they can afford them).
        You critisize them for renovating and bringing back to life old buildings. So would you be happier if those buildings were left rotting? This sentence – “yet another new breakfast place with a clever name and bad omelets” – stereotyping much? I bet you ate maybe in only one of them and the rest is just your and your friends opinion. I feel bad for your son who has to deal with a parent who just talks crap about his generation without any good points. I bet you voted Trump.

      • Flan says:

        What would you have done with that old gas station? Let it rot?

        If you would represent Gen X, I’m not impressed.
        Luckily, I know a lot of Gen X people who are not as spoiled and judgmental. It’s just a problem you have, not your generation.

    • Kitten says:

      Exactly. You can even fire a shot if you want, like I did in the first comment 😉

    • Flan says:

      I’m getting more and more the idea that a lot of the things we argue about is caused by the 1% and the Republicans wanting to divide us.
      If they don’t make news about topics to encourage racism, or setting heterosexuals up against anyone who is not, or men against women, it’s generations arguing about who had it worse.

      We’ve ALL had it worse because of them.

      As long as generations fight about who has it worse, we don’t look at all the crap they are doing (more tax cuts for them and shittier lives for the rest). And people like Spaniard play right into their hands.

  5. teehee says:

    I am defiantly against the millennial label; I swear to be the Gen X or even the computer generation- but not millennial! We were lambasted as rebellious, callous, edgy and aloof, disappointed and other things so we’ve already been attacked enough and I am happy to let some other group get further new additional labels and criticism… I heard it non stop growing up so why try to bait and switch and call us millennials now?? They gotta move that lower range of the gen x. (83 here)

    • Juls says:

      81′ here, and I also am all X with zero millenial in me. But I must say, it was our generation, those born in the 80s, that went off to fight bogus wars. Then come home to find almost zero support for veterans. Unaffordable education that most of us are still paying off, in 2018. An economy that crashed in 08-09. Unaffordable housing, stagnant wages. But somehow it’s our fault and we are the butt of the joke, right? Good luck saving enough money to buy a starter home that costs 8 times more than our parents paid, on the same wages our parents earned 40 years ago, when rent takes 50% of your paycheck from the flop. We out here flogging our guts out, just trying to eat, and getting lambasted and called lazy. Meanwhile we are now competing for jobs in our 30s with people 10 years younger, fresh out of college with no kids and lots of ambition. We got the squeeze and it sucks. Good luck!

    • Veronica S. says:

      The Millenial label reveals itself for how ridiculous it is when you reword it as “adults between 25-40.” Then, frustration over lower wages and debt becomes less ridiculous when you realize we’re getting to the age where we should be able to invest (but can’t) and what that bodes in the long-term for the country economically.

    • Eden75 says:

      A Gen X’er here (75). Tuition for the school I was accepted to was so out of reach for me that I did not go. I have worked my through the ranks the hard way, without student loans. At first as a teenage single mom and then as a broke young married couple with a young child and a toddler. All generations have something to complain about in regards to the generations that came before but tagging anyone with a useless label is well, useless. Most ‘millennials’ are just like the rest of us; struggling to made themselves better and some are just douche canoes, kinda like the rest of society.

  6. Ann says:

    I saw this yesterday and thought it was a joke. I’m a slow burning ball of rage sometimes and this is pinging on my rage-meter even though it’s stupid. Boomers raised us so I always find it annoying that they feel so free to criticize our generation. And for F-sake stop it with the participation trophy thing. We were freaking kids! We had no control over getting stupid trophies. Grrr.

    Happy Friday 😀

    • Juls says:

      The participation trophy backlash really burns me up. My kids got them in rec baseball until they were about 8. There is nothing wrong with giving every child a prize for a job well done at the end of season or whatever it is. They are children, not “little adults,” unless you’re a scientologist. Geez.

      • Ann says:

        Exactly! They are meant for kids. I have never heard of anyone demanding a damn participation trophy and yet I’ve heard that particular phrase said by Boomers about adult Millennials multiple times. We don’t care about the trophies!!

        And just one more thing, I freaking LOVE regular Monopoly and here they go making a stupid game that’s completely unappealing to, well, I would imagine most people, because this isn’t Monopoly. I love winning a game with a fat stack of property and cash, who tf cares about fake social media points? Hasbro is on my list now.

      • Esmom says:

        Monopoly always was a fantasy and that’s what people enjoy about it. My kids actually learned quite a lot about money when they were little thanks to this game.

        For hasbro to try to subvert that is so dumb. The execution is cheesy af. I’m happy they are being raked over the coals for this. Those tweets are priceless, lol.

      • CairinaCat says:

        I don’t see how it has anything to do with the kids, it was the Boomer and boomerX adults coming up with it and handing them out.

    • Abby says:

      EXACTLY. WHO GAVE THOSE TROPHIES? The parents. Five year old children did not demand participation trophies. They were handed out to us by PARENTS.

      Sorry, a bit testy this morning.

      • Ann says:

        I’m testy too, which must be obvious because I have a lot of opinions about this stupid non-Monopoly lol. This is just so rude! Bad enough I get this ish’ from my parents, my superiors at work, random old people… now Hasbro is sticking it to us?! WTH?!

      • Erinn says:

        And the thing is – our generation is better behaved overall. But because of easy access and far reach of news stories, as well as sensationalism the older generations are convinced that we have no civility.

        I was raised to say please and thank you because it was basic kindness. But when you look at the people who are usually the worst behaved towards cashiers and service reps – it’s not us!

    • hnmmom says:

      This is my same argument when people say this kind of cr*p about Millenials – all these complaints go right back to who raised them. 5 year olds were not protesting and demanding participation trophies, that was the freaking PARENTS who started that stuff, all because they could not stand to see their children weather some normal and developmentally appropriate disappointment. An entire generation is being blamed for the sins of the fathers, so to speak, and it’s ridiculous.

    • pinetree13 says:

      I like the participation trophies. They were the only medals i ever got in school LOL! It’s nice for all the kids to do something and kids aren’t dumb they still know they didn’t come in first or whatever. I don’t know why everyone loves being a killjoy these days.

  7. Abby says:

    I’m begrudgingly a millennial, but I hate the term. I would not buy this. It definitely doesn’t feel like it was made by millennial for them. It’s making fun of us. Not cool.

  8. Darla says:

    I’m early Gen X (1968) and I am bewildered by this whole baby boomer vs millennial thing. Who raised the millennials? Early Gen X like me, or late boomers? I’m not sure, a mix maybe? Anyway, I always get this weird feeling like boomers hate their children or grandchildren. I mean the viciousness they display against millennials…see a doctor.

    • minx says:

      I’m a Boomer who had children late so my kids are Millenials. I smh at the idea that all Boomers are greedily enjoying life on the gravy train— I wish!

    • Elizabeth L says:

      Right wing media is part of the problem. My dear sweet little Boomer mother has been infected by Faux and has started acting more and more self righteous and negative towards our generation (tail end X / early Millenial siblings and cousins).

    • Veronica S. says:

      It’s a propaganda movement, but there is a lot of evidence to suggest there’s a legitimate disconnect between the generations due to the socioeconomic changes that have gone on. Boomers enjoyed an unprecedented few decades of economic growth and prosperity that is the complete opposite of what most Millenials graduated into. The successful ones literally just have no idea what younger adults are up against.

      This being said, it’s not a productive argument because there are certainly plenty of impoverished and minority Boomers out there who are eyeing the attacks on Medicare and SS with tremendous concern. My generation is at least aware that it will likely not exist for us, but there’s a lot of elderly who were raised to expect and depend on it who have hard times ahead. We should be turning our frustration at a government that blew through billions of taxpayer dollars to pursue short-term gains at the cost of its people’s care.

    • Erinn says:

      I personally was raised by boomers: ’57 and ’58. My (only surviving) grandmother was born in ’25, and was about 32 when she had her first kid, then my parents were about the same age when they had me – their first.

    • EllieMichelle says:

      I’m an early millennial (85) and I was raised by boomers (born in 55). Only one of my parents has been poisoned by the super right wing rhetoric and always go on about lazy entitled millennials and participation trophies. About how we don’t work hard enough and are busy partying and drinking all the time. During the snow yesterday a man complained about schools opening late, saying this generation (so kids- but he probably thought millennial means all young people) is spoiled and coddled and will never be ready for the real world and that when he was younger he was perfectly capable of checking the radio or news for school closures but now these spoiled brats get robocalls. Ok dude.

      • jwoolman says:

        About drinking – my parents were young adults (high school age and a little above) during WWII. Their generation drank like fish. Look at old sitcoms from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s. Everybody is often greeted at the door with an alcoholic drink. It was common to have minibars and collections of various types of alcoholic drink bottles (whiskey, vodka, etc.) in the living room. Men often stopped off at a bar after work. If not, any stay-at-home wives were expected to get a martini or sone other alcoholic drink into their hands right away on arrival. Many people relied on beer for the purpose, which was more prevalent in the home than soda is today. People kept cases of their favorite beer on hand. And people also burned through loads of cigarettes. Commercials and magazine ads for ciggies and alcohol dominated our environment.

        Just remind any oldsters about that if they complain about your partying or enjoyment of weed…

    • Amy Tennant says:

      I think the Boomers had to raise the Millennials for the most part? I’m seriously Gen X (73) and my kids are definitely Gen Z (00 and 04). Then again, it’s not science. My parents were one Boomer and one Silent Generation (another in-between forgotten little group like us).

      Just about everything the Boomers crap on the Millennials for, they crapped on us for first. Then the Millennials half the time turn around and blame us for what the Boomers did. I feel like mostly we didn’t get a chance to screw things up because the Boomers wouldn’t let go. That said, there are a number of X-ers in Congress and we’re just as bad as the Boomers there, so they have a point as far as that goes.

      But in general, I like the Millennials (I work at a university) and love Gen Z coming up. I think things are only going to get better.

      (I love the “see a doctor” line)

    • AMiller says:

      I’m convinced that the Baby Boomer generation is so narcissistic, they actually don’t want their children to do better than them. It would be an affront to their egos.

      • minx says:

        Sorry to ruin your sweeping generalization about an entire generation, but I’m a Boomer who would be thrilled for my children to be successful. So there.

      • AuntieM says:

        Boomers marched in the streets in the 60’s and 70’s to give 18yr olds the right to vote.
        Boomers took buses to the South and some died in marches for the rights of African Americans, POC, the right to enter schools and to attend Universities and be allowed to eat in restaurants.

        Boomers created the Equal Opportunity government agencies to assist POC , African American ,Latinos, Asian, women applying for jobs to NOT be discriminated against.

        Boomers created the Internet, Apple iTunes, Microsoft, many of the gadgets that millennials use as communication today.

        Boomers created the Equal and Fair housing act which helps people against racists or unfair landlord practices.

        Boomers are an amazing go getter generation.

        Many millennial a chose to sit in their hands for the election of 2016 and not vote, that’s one of the reasons Trump got elected.
        African American boomers voted 90% democrat for Hillary.

        So please stop blaming boomers.
        Nothjng was handed to my political activist Boomer family members , nothing. My mom, she worked her fingers to the bone, my dad and Grandparents worked hard for what they have .

  9. helonearth says:

    I have never played monopoly – we didn’t have it in the house as my mother didn’t think it was a good game for children. None of my friends had it either.

    Having eventually gotten around to read the rules some years later, and seeing this new version above, I agree with my mum!

  10. Erinn says:

    I guess I’ll just sit here and be consoled by the fact that we’re the generation that’s becoming the most educated, most aware of the ‘big’ issues, most supportive of LGBTQI rights, has less divorce, and less drug use, and does more charity.

    And if all else fails, at least I can setup my own wifi and printers.

    • gemcat says:

      now there’s a board game plot-line I could get behind Erinn, they should’ve designed one around that.. call it ‘Save the world Millennial Style’ -they come to the rescue after previous generations have f*ucked everything up *if it’s not too late..

      • Erinn says:

        Hahah, I’d buy it! But if they wanted to make a board game about learning basic tech support I’d also buy that for my boomer family members.

    • Mego says:

      So very true Erinn! 💕

    • Case says:

      SO true. Yes.

    • HeyThere! says:

      ERINN 🤣 to the last part of at least I can set up my own WiFi and printer! I’m crying!

    • La says:

      Lol at your last line!! That’s like us setting up a new game for Boomers. An escape-room style room where you have to set up your wifi , install security updates, send an email, and print it out within 60 minutes. Nobody under 40 is allowed to help.

    • AuntieM says:

      Dear Millenials, how do you think 18 year olds got the right to Vote? ….Boomers did that for you.

      Boomers also marched in the streets to give African Americans and POC and minorities rights to vote, to attend Universities, to stay in hotels , to drink in water fountains classified for White Only. To rent and live in all areas of the USA , when landlords and homeowners refused to rent or sell to them.

      Yes Boomers handled the big issues like marching to guarantee 18year olds the right to vote!
      Before millennial were born.

      Some of the millennials who think protest and fighting for big issues started now with them are truly delusional.

  11. Sue Denim says:

    I’m a late baby boomer, professor to millennials and gen z’s. I feel so much empathy for them, as they have it so much harder than we did growing up — careers, social media intrusions and exclusions, inflation for big things like housing and education, etc etc. No wonder many of my students struggle with anxiety and depression too. So yeah…not funny…

  12. grabbyhands says:

    I hadn’t seen this version, but as soon as they came out with the Cheaters version (and earlier, a version where you had a credit card, which really annoyed me for some reason) I just thought “This is why we can’t have nice things”. Isn’t life trying enough right now without purposely making this game a crappy little dig at people for no reason? I hope it crashes and burns. Say what you will about millennials, right now they are the generation poised to hold the world back from its own stupidity.

    Keep Monopoly as it is – a fun game played between family and friends that usually ends in swearing, shouting, accusations of cheating and at least one person stalking off swearing never to play again. Or is that just it rolls out with my peeps?

    • La says:

      I have a standing rule with my husband that we will never play Monopoly together. He’s not only good at it but he’s a “sore winner” so for the sake of our relationship….nope

      Early Millennial here and while I wouldn’t say I’m offended (because that would make me a true millennial snowflake, amirite?) but this version is offputting and mean spirited toward my generation, who for the most part has done pretty well with the shitty hand we were dealt. Just let me enjoy my avocado toast in peace while I mourn the lost wages I could have had if I hadn’t graduated college in 2008.

  13. LT says:

    Plus Monopoly sucks as a board game anyway. It takes too long and it’s so boring that someone inevitably sabotages the game to lose just to end the misery.

    Now a Millennial version of Clue? I’d be down for that.

    • Deering says:

      Eheheheh. There are some real competitive money-minded folks in my family notorious for playing games for hours on end…but even they get bored with Monopoly. 🙂

  14. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    That’s an awesome April Fool’s joke! Love it! Way to go Hasbro! LmfAo!

    Wait…what? The hell you say.

    Firstly, I’m sick and tired of f*cking labels. Aside from religion and politics, labels are society’s number one nemises. Humanity’s tomb. Unless we’re grouping ourselves for some massive online global solidarity experiment, humans need need to cut this shit out. I understand the scientific need for classification. But our social existence needs to work TOWARD full integration without walls, boundaries or limitations. Jmo.

  15. Nev says:

    Proud Gen Xer here!!!! I think it’s kinda funny the game haha

    • JeanGrey says:

      I’m considered an Xennial ( Part Gen X-er and part Millennial, ’77-’81) and I find this hilarious. I chuckled all through the description.

  16. Steff says:

    This is so over the top I thought this was a parody too. I always see memes of what baby boomers think of millenials and millenials response is like ‘I just hope this job pays me’. Everything is exponentially harder now.
    But if you want a laugh at older generations, check out the ‘not a cell phone in sight’ meme that’s been circulating. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen that line in Facebook replies.

  17. Mego says:

    Gen Xer here who was over the millenials suck narrative long ago. I love millenials! I love their spirit, their humour and openess. Our world is a better place because of them frankly. Whenever I here criticism of the generation of people born after mine I talk about how much I like em. I wouldn’t touch this game with a ten ft pole and would gladly petition to stop it’s production. Just awful.

  18. stormsmama says:

    Boomers and the gen just after them but before Xers
    were GREEDY and took advantage of growth and goodwill to GORGE themselves and now we have a bunch of GROSS people in power across many spectrums of govt, business, and show business…
    Gen Xers and Millenials rock- longing for equality and justice and trying to make lives for themselves in a treacherous debt filled world
    I have faith in the next ones coming up

    • Emilia says:

      There is no generation that comes between Boomers and Gen X. The generation that directly followed Boomers are Xers.

  19. JeanGrey says:

    I’m in the minority here I guess. I find this hilarious. I was born in ’77 and apparently I fall into the “Xennial” category since we’ve experienced both sides of the fence. I don’t find this mean at all. I laughed at every description throughout this article.

    But then again, I am also a native NY-er, native to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, before Gentrification came along and brought all of these trust-fund, trendy, Hipster-Millennial-Colonizers that helped displace most of our friendly mom ad pop shops and replaced them with “artisnal pizza bars” and overpriced boutiques and my neighborhood friends forced to move all the way out to New Jersey and PA to make way for said Hipster Millennials, so I have a bit of a bias here.

  20. StallinOnMyWork says:

    It is a gaslighting, abusive gag joke for out of touch white folks to gift their struggling kids, since their kids can’t afford to pay $20 for a f*cking board game, let alone have three hours to waste playing it. Everyone I know who has a job works overtime, and those who don’t sure as hell aren’t in the mood to be insulted as well as bored.

  21. chubcucumber says:

    It’s so tiresome that yoga and veganism, practices which are often part of a person’s religious observances, particularly in non-Western cultures, are considered punchlines. Imagine a Monopoly version where Christian practices are the joke.

    And the whole point of Monopoly was punching up at capitalism, not punching down at the working and professional classes. This basically reverses the entire concept of the game aside from being culturally tone deaf.

    • Mabs A'Mabbin says:

      Right? The next Monopoly can’t be played unless each player is a different race. Cue the stereotypes lol.

    • Veronica S. says:

      I could see where the ~veganism~ jokes are poking fun at the white-privileged versions that have been appropriated in urbanized areas, but the one about “your friend’s couch” as a favorite destination is pretty grim to me. Especially for a generation that graduated into a housing market crash and likely saw friends or family lose their homes, and especially because of all of the economic reports being ignored that are sounding the alarm of how realty rates are far outpacing wages and setting us up for another bubble.

      • Mabs A'Mabbin says:

        Exactly. Just because every generation has notoriously shamed and discredited those that came after doesn’t mean us ‘Xers’ should fall in line. We know so much more now, why poke fun at hardship or place blame or accuse or laugh at anyone born at any time? Sure, it’s all fun and games and it’s simply a board game, but trying to boost that market by cutting down any group is nothing but the perpetuation of a lie lol.

  22. Ladykeller says:

    I’m in a strange spot ’79 where I feel I was too young to be gen x, but I’m definitely not a millennial. I dont understand the constant criticism of millenials and blaming them for all of society’s ills. They have inherited a world where home ownership is out of reach for most of them, where education costs have skyrocketed and just keep going up, but you need a 4 year degree to get even the most basic job. Even then there is no job security.

    My in laws bought a big beautiful house in the suburbs when they married at 22, they retired at 55 with full pensions working those same jobs they had when they bought their house. And they are the worst millenials baiters I know. I dont think any future generation will have what the baby boomers had or get the opportunities they had.

    I believe millennials are making the world a better place through social awareness and inclusivity. I think their effect on the world will ultimately be much bigger and better than anything baby boomers had to offer.

  23. NotSoSocialButterfly says:

    This will be like spending $200M on a film and grossing $200K.

  24. Amy Tennant says:

    If I’m not mistaken, wasn’t Monopoly originally designed as a method to prove why big business and monopolies are bad and evil? And then whoops, people liked being the “evil monopolists”?

  25. BBeauty says:

    Wow, it is supposed to be satirical and funny. The reactions here are ridiculous. There is nothing wrong with satire and cheekiness. I thought it was funny. I bet a lot of millennials find it funny as well.

    • Anon33 says:

      You’re entitled to your reaction, as is everyone else. Get over yourself.

    • insertpunhere says:

      I would love to find the time to play a funny game. Alas, I am too busy playing “let’s see how far we can stretch the last $10 in my checking account”, which is fun in the most depressing way possible.

      This would probably be funny to more millennials if it wasn’t part of the ongoing mockery by baby boomers who, although they have far more income and resources than we do, somehow still don’t understand how the economy or inflation works. Or perhaps if they continued to not understand that, but they didn’t as a general group vote for policies that actively prevent millennials from getting ahead and being able to enjoy the stability that so many of them took for granted.

  26. Teddy says:

    It’s just pointless to not have a sense of humor, everyone spends way too much time being offended and now it’s a boardgame? Cards against humanity is the most insulting game which I love, so why can’t more join in the fun. just shut up

  27. Mina says:

    I’m technically a Millennial, and I think it’s brilliant.

    • Caela says:

      I am a millennial too and I don’t see the issue. I thought it was funny, I didn’t take it as making fun of us, but more pointing out the absurdity of our situation re housing money etc.

      I do appreciate reading all the Gen X comments in support of millennials though – nice to read and know there are so many on here who empathise with us.

  28. Amelie says:

    The only reason I have a bit of $$$ is because I worked for an Amazon company for 4 years and I got restricted stock units I haven’t sold yet (I have sold some of them). I got lucky that my company got acquired by Amazon (debatable but I will say the health insurance was excellent) as when I was hired I had no idea a year later Amazon would acquire it. But on my Amazon salary it was impossible to save money! I later found out from a former female coworker around how much the guys working the same position as me were earning–the gender gap is real yall! And now I understand why those guys weren’t leaving the company even if they hated working there. I work for a nonprofit now and obviously making very little $$$. I have my RSUs to fall back on but I’m hoping I can eventually buy a house/apartment with what I have left. So I think I will pass on this version of Monopoly making fun of millennials as I don’t need a reminder of my not so great financial situation.

  29. Lala11_7 says:

    In my history…playing “Monopoly” meant resentment, disappointment, mini-breakups…attitudes….revenge plots…contemplating catching a case…having you decide the course of your intimate relationship….looking up hexes….slashing tires….playing the dozens and getting your feelings hurt…

    Which is why my digital “Monopoly” game that my guy got me 3 years ago…is STILL sitting in our closet…


  30. Jess says:

    Really?? I think this is hilarious😂

  31. Amy says:

    I think what really bugs me about this is that dunking on Millennials is nothing new and feels pretty tired to me now (though maybe that’s partly because I am a Millennial, whether I like the term or not). It’s just… we’ve heard all these jokes before. The veganism, the not having money, the adulting, the social media obsession. It’s all been said and done…

    If it was something novel or new, like super current-events-relevant, then it would have some edge, right? Something different and NOT said before. But this is like they’re stabbing us with the dulled knife that everyone else has already used.

  32. Mego says:

    I understand that there are people who find this funny and don’t understand why others might not. I think the fact that many people have spoken out that they find this offensive says to me this is a bad idea.

    I’d like to think that we have become a more empathetic society that realizes that negative stereotyping entire groups of people is offensive and harmful. I remember when polish jokes, dumb blond jokes and insert group of people and put them down jokes were really popular. I wouldn’t dream of telling those jokes now and never hear them being told anymore.

    Yes it’s good to have a sense of humour but I sincerely hope we have evolved from the kind of cheap shots this game is taking at the expense of a younger demographic.

  33. jwoolman says:

    I was kind of astonished that they came out with a Cheater’s version of Monopoly….

    When I was in grad school, at a prof’s house for a gathering, we were trying to play Monopoly. A friend in my research group was in charge of the bank and was blatantly cheating, which I had never seen before. Even our Nigerian classmate who had never played Monopoly before saw it and was complaining. He actually grabbed the bank away from the cheater and the game proceeded in a more respectable fashion.

  34. jwoolman says:

    It’s ridiculous to me to try splitting us all into groups according to when we were born. It’s not a natural division and is based on prejudices — you know one person in the age group who does something obnoxious and then you start thinking every person in that age group does the same.

    We have far more natural divisions that have nothing to do with age. People who grew up financially comfortable or rich, and the rest of us who didn’t. Those who sailed through college with no debt, either due to scholarships or parents with extra money, and the rest of us who ended up repaying student loans for decades (like my brother, born soon after WWII, his loans even went into collections when he was unemployed and underemployed because the damn school sold the debt).

    Absolute prices for things are deceptive, though, because how far a dollar goes varies so much now over time (and that is true for people at Social Security age and above also – I could buy two comic books or a pile of penny candy with my 20¢ allowance in the 1950s. I was aghast when the price of a comic book went up to 12¢ in the 1960s and actually boycotted them until I discovered used comic book shops). But the prices change upward far faster than income for most people, and that’s been true for a very long time.

    We need to feel part of groups based on positive similarities as well, such as people who find Trump terrifying vs those who inexplicably love him to pieces…

    It’s an advantage to have people of very different ages around, because we can share our different experiences and also see our similarities. We shouldn’t allow such artificial divisions.

  35. april says:

    I’m so sick of the backstabbing, smearing, etc., of millennials. I’m a boomer and have respect for them. Every time a boomer talks smack about millennials I say something to the effect that I’m sorry your child is a lazy millennial, and 100% of the time they say that their kid is not like that. Hypocrites. I then ask then how can that be that it’s not your child that acts that way because every boomer that complains about millennials say it’s not their kid. Anyway, I worked for 34 years and there were many boomers my age that didn’t work hard or called in sick excessively. I worked with millennials who were better workers than boomers.

  36. Jujumanji says:

    I’m a millennial and I’ve already added this monopoly and the cheater one to my Amazon cart. This looks like silly fun.