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Games I Own: Monopoly

Posted on 14th Apr 2010 at 14:43 by Joe Martin with 23 comments

Joe Martin
When I was younger there were a lot of games I wasn’t allowed to play, like Street Fighter, for example. My parents took a dim view of that sort of thing and funnelled me towards adventure and puzzle games instead. I can look back happily now, glad that I ended up playing Monkey Island rather than Mortal Kombat, but I was actually quite annoyed about it at the time.

I swore, childishly, that when I got older I would play whatever games I damn well pleased, whenever I wanted – but things didn’t quite turn out that way. Well, OK, mostly they did, but let's not get distracted from this story...

The point is that, while I have a copy of Monopoly sat on a shelf in my wardrobe, I’ve learned that I’m better off sticking to different types of games. I’ve banned myself from playing it under any circumstances.

Games I Own: Monopoly
GET AWAY FROM ME!

The problem is that I’m too competitive when it comes to some things. There are plenty of board games I can sit down and play perfectly peaceably, but Monopoly isn't one of them. It brings out the worst in me and I always end up immersing myself in my fictional finances with infinitely more attention than I monitor my real-world resources. I scheme. I plot. I take it very seriously, getting upset if I lose and even cheating in an effort to avoid that outcome.

It’s not something I’m particularly proud about, but it’s not unknown for me to resort to bullying tactics when playing Monopoly either. Now-distant evenings during family holidays would often be ruined by me behaving like some land-hungry railroad tycoon from a Wild West film, taking any available path to get hold of more income. I’d pick on my younger brother or skim notes off the top of my sisters' holdings when she wasn't looking. If it looked like I was on a really bad downward spiral then I'd quit early and claim the whole game was unfair.

I'm not normally like that, understand. I don't take most competition at all seriously and rarely do I find myself caring about winning or losing in a deathmatch. Only with Monopoly do I become such a...well, a bastard.

Games I Own: Monopoly
I don't see what the fuss is about, personally

It’s an ugly feeling to cheat in a board game – somehow far, far worse than enabling God mode in a computer game – but that never stopped me from doing it. I still would if it weren't for the fact that, after having so many fights over the matter, I've learned its far better to just steer clear of Monopoly altogether. If there were split lips and bruises when I was a kid then I shudder to think what the arguments would end up like now that I’m fully grown. I’d probably kill the other players outright – but only after making sure their wills left their property to me, naturally.

I’ve known other people to have similar problems with specific games too. At university I shared a block with a German exchange student who mostly had to walk away when me and friends started talking about computer games. I quickly learned that he had to actively distance himself from it because of an addiction to the Settlers games. It turned out he got so addicted to playing them that he almost flunked out of school and had to repeat a few exams to catch up. After that he decided he was best off just staying away from computer games altogether.

Are there any games you find you have to actually stop yourself from playing? Let me know in the comments.

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M7ck 14th April 2010, 15:54 Quote
I love Monopoly and have a few versions now.
Original
Harley Davidson Edition
Glasgow Edition
Star Wars Edition

I remember seeing a deluxe wooden version a few years back, thats the one I want.
Sifter3000 14th April 2010, 16:22 Quote
I think monopoly is one of those games that is problematic in terms of how much competition it encourages (perhaps because of the financial aspect of it?) - I have a friend, who, like you, can't play it because it leads to unpleasant behaviour...
paisa666 14th April 2010, 16:25 Quote
Oh damn.. yeh... RTS in general :(

For a long time my last RTS was Age of Empires 3, after that i started getting shooters, FEAR, FAR CRY 2, Crysis, Left 4 Dead, it was all extremly fun, i especially enjoy FEAR Multiplayer.

Then, it came to my mind how much i used to love RTS games, and started thinking why the hell I stoped playing them, so i got my hands on Medieval II: Total War and later Empire: Total War. Oh man now i do remember why i stoped playing them. Every day after work i go to home, get some food and i start playing, now i dont get to much sleep, every weekend i have to play, a few hours Medieval, then some hours with Empire.

Last Friday some friends made a farewell party for the Boss, i said i couldnt go because i had another party to go, yep, it was a lie, i had to play some TOTAL WAR :(

DAMN IT RTS
thehippoz 14th April 2010, 16:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by paisa666
Oh damn.. yeh... RTS in general :(

For a long time my last RTS was Age of Empires 3, after that i started getting shooters, FEAR, FAR CRY 2, Crysis, Left 4 Dead, it was all extremly fun, i especially enjoy FEAR Multiplayer.

Then, it came to my mind how much i used to love RTS games, and started thinking why the hell I stoped playing them, so i got my hands on Medieval II: Total War and later Empire: Total War. Oh man now i do remember why i stoped playing them. Every day after work i go to home, get some food and i start playing, now i dont get to much sleep, every weekend i have to play, a few hours Medieval, then some hours with Empire.

Last Friday some friends made a farewell party for the Boss, i said i couldnt go because i had another party to go, yep, it was a lie, i had to play some TOTAL WAR :(

DAMN IT RTS

that's crazy man :D I was like that with quake though remember.. practice all night jumping through a map to get ready for a ogl match the next day.. then I'd roll the guy and wonder why I even bothered- do it all over again XD think it's some kind of addictive personality gamers share
digitaldave 14th April 2010, 22:01 Quote
ghettopoly FTW
yakyb 14th April 2010, 23:41 Quote
I'll have to be honest I'm not a fan of monopoly as the game is too reliant upon the roll of the dice

one person can go around landing on all the good places and the other landing on the less useful places, whilst you can argue that chance and luck of rolling the dice will even itself out over time,if you miss the good squares in the first 2-3 rotations of the board you stand no chance
thehippoz 15th April 2010, 00:09 Quote
anyone remember candyland.. used to play that and a lot of uno
bigsharn 15th April 2010, 01:48 Quote
Slightly O/T but can anyone find a free version of Monopoly that might work on Vista without using DOSBox? I've been looking for ages and no such luck
Xir 15th April 2010, 10:06 Quote
So you bahave like your average hedgefund banker when playing monopoly....:|
...maybe you missed your call :D
CardJoe 15th April 2010, 11:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by yakyb
I'll have to be honest I'm not a fan of monopoly as the game is too reliant upon the roll of the dice

one person can go around landing on all the good places and the other landing on the less useful places, whilst you can argue that chance and luck of rolling the dice will even itself out over time,if you miss the good squares in the first 2-3 rotations of the board you stand no chance

Ah, another sore loser, eh?
yakyb 15th April 2010, 12:07 Quote
haha yeah a little bit

havn't played for about 3 years since my brother was the jammiest ******* alive and landed on every useful square going for about 6 rotations on the trot
and every trip round i landed on the worst

this would obviously (without skill) give him an advantage.

Scrabble is my game.
CardJoe 15th April 2010, 12:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by yakyb

Scrabble is my game.

Funnily, this post was almost called "Games I Own: Monopoly and Scrabble"

Scrabble makes my girlfriend and I fight, everytime.
stuartpb 15th April 2010, 12:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
Scrabble makes my girlfriend and I fight, everytime.

Same here with me and my wife. We have never managed to complete a game yet, in the 6yrs we have been married. I bought UNO for our eldest daughter the other week, I played it as a kid and remembered it being fun. That was until me and the missus started playing, and I got accused of cheating because I was winning:( There are sore losers, and then there are women, they take sour grapes to a new level!
phuzz 15th April 2010, 13:52 Quote
Thing is, monopoly isn't a very good game, once one person has got out ahead, only really, really bad luck will stop them from winning, and all the other players can do is drag it out as long as possible, and that can be a really long time.
Our family now usually avoids games that start fights, for example, we don't play sevens (aka racing demons, fan tan), because my mum is so nasty when she plays...
(oh, and I'm sure blokes are usually more sore losers than women)
xaser04 15th April 2010, 15:28 Quote
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Are there any games you find you have to actually stop yourself from playing? Let me know in the comments.

Yes, BF2:MC on the 360 springs to mind here. I was ridiculously competitive on it (rising to the rank of Captain IIRC). I eventually had to stop as the only way to rise in rank was to keep up your DK ratio and round points. It got to the point I would spend all evening playing, screaming at the tv or anyone in the vicinity if something didn't quite go my way (team kills, sniped etc).

Ah the memories....

Rainbow Six Vegas was the same (again I was a captain) until I realised how seriously I was taking it.
NuTech 15th April 2010, 15:33 Quote
Perfect timing on the blog post, I was just wondering the other day if there is a good online multiplayer version of Monopoly?

A few years back there was a great version available online for free (browser based), but it was taken down when the rights to Monopoly was sold. I'm pretty sure the entire comp-sci campus at my old uni mourned for the day.
Xir 15th April 2010, 16:43 Quote
..I had to stop playing "Galaxy Wars", it simply consumed too much time.
(Game runs in real time, so if you want to be succesfull, you've got to get up at 3 in the night and respond to an attack and things like that. It's a lot lika a "my Ebay is about to run out i've got to check NOW"...thing)
Chombo 15th April 2010, 22:57 Quote
Board games make me more mad than anything else. Primarily Scrabble and Boggle. Primarily because my view is that if you can't give a definition of the word that is correct without looking in the dictionary it didn't count. Eventually either of those games devolves into someone looking in the scrabble dictionary for 5 minutes trying to make a word out 7 consonants. Or stringing together 3 letter words in hopes that is a word in boggle. But I digress... my blood pressure is already raised.
LucusLoC 15th April 2010, 23:33 Quote
meh, for me it is the opposite. i use games to vent the frustration. fps's work best for that, but rts's work fine too. My gf tries to tell me to stop playing when i start yelling, and i keep trying to tell her its better this way, because then i don't fell tempted to yell at stupid coworkers, but she has not realized this yet. . .

i don't get this way with board games at all, which is good. my group of friends are competitive, but pretty much in just a friendly way.

might i add a congrats for identifying a problem area and taking the steps to avoid it. way to take personal responsibility for yourself and not foist-the problem-off-on/blame someone else. if only other could learn to do that.
Xir 16th April 2010, 14:33 Quote
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... i keep trying to tell her its better this way, because then i don't fell tempted to yell at stupid coworkers...

Yeah, I have a serious urge to go home and KILL!!!--- some pixelbaddies after a day at the office.
(Man was supposed to roam forests, gather and hunt, not sit behind keyboards and get fat, beeing told to do stupid things by other fat men) :D
LucusLoC 16th April 2010, 18:17 Quote
yeah, i still like to get out to the woods and hunt, it's just not practical to do that all the time unfortunately. so failing that i hop on the pc and take my aggression out in a competitive way. as far as i am concerned pc gaming actually helps to *reduce* violence since it a very effective outlet for stress. (not that i am in danger of going on a shooting spree, even without that outlet. i am still a responsible adult even without stress relief. the stress relief does help me be happier though. /offtopic)

anyhoooo, now i want to go to the range. which i cant do this weekend. looks like i need to fire up MW2 and blast some noobs.
Shielder 16th April 2010, 21:12 Quote
Monopoly is cool. I've got about 15-20 sets and between me and a group of firends, we have nearly 100 sets between us. Some of them (like the Danish or Hebrew versions) we can't even understand...

Andy
Farfalho 20th April 2010, 12:33 Quote
I can't play any kind of computer games because it makes me forget about everything else. I have to uninstall them so I can be on the pc studying or else I might flank at everything.

Board games...ah board games, such memoires! If I played against you Joe, you'll be in for a treat since I'm not particularly fond of cheaters, even more on Monopoly. I believe it would be joyful fist-fight LOL. When a game is played fair and square, at least there's dignity and humor when losing.
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