Monopoly for a New Generation

The game plays into millennial stereotypes, but in reality we’re not much different than other generations.

Like many ’90s kids, I grew up playing classic board games, including Monopoly. Recently, game maker Hasbro cashed in on our childhood nostalgia with Monopoly for Millennials, which features Rich Uncle Pennybags taking a selfie, holding a latte, and wearing earbuds and a participation medal. Instead of buying property and amassing cash, players discover destinations—ranging from “Parents’ Basement” to “Week-long Meditation Retreat”—and collect “experience” points. The game, which roasts millennials with the same one-liner clichés we’ve heard for years, was met with ire online but quickly sold out.

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Kaitlin Pitsker
Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Pitsker joined Kiplinger in the summer of 2012. Previously, she interned at the Post-Standard newspaper in Syracuse, N.Y., and with Chronogram magazine in Kingston, N.Y. She holds a BS in magazine journalism from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.