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What Monopoly Taught Us About Money

Jun 18, 2009

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Buy property... Shop... Bailout the banker. Board games can teach us all sorts of great things: teamwork, conflict resolution, how to win (or lose) graciously. But at The Big Money, Caitlin McDevitt points out that board games taught us some awful lessons about money and finances:

Monopoly has taught us that financial institutions are invincible. The game's banker cannot go bankrupt, according to the rules: "The Bank never 'goes broke.' If the Bank runs out of money, the Banker may issue as much as needed by writing on any ordinary paper."

Life, Mall Madness, Acquire, PayDay and Risk also get skewered.

Did board games teach you all the wrong things about money?

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