Got a millennial in your life? Hasbro has updated a classic board game for a new generation, complete with student loan debt, and more
Way to rub it in, Hasbro!
A recent edition, spin-off, of the beloved Monopoly game, featuring Rich Uncle Pennybags and/or Mr. Monopoly taking a selfie, holding a coffee on the box, has been released and is a hit with gift givers this holiday season. As of this article, it's selling for $19.82 and is completely sold out on Walmart.com.
The game (probably created/updated by a baby boomer looking to rub that avocado toast in) includes things like student loan debt, challenges with entering the housing market and so much more. Instead of trying to buy out all of your friends using fake money like in the traditional board game, players are trying to rack up "life experiences", "3-day music festival tickets", and points instead of collecting material things.
The hot destinations that players can score in the game are things like sleeping on your friend's couch, coffee bar, and even meditation retreats. For the player pieces, instead of the metal dog, hat, etc., players get to choose between a bike, camera, sunglasses, and a hashtag (yes, really).
It gets even better. Instead of "get out of jail free" cards, Monopoly for Millennials features cards like, "Your cellmate is sick of you vlogging about prison life. Get out of jail free." or "You get a fourth job. #hustle #sidegig #NoDaysOff."
The slogans, "Forget real estate. You can't afford it anyway.", and “Adulting is hard. You deserve a break from the rat race,” says it all. Hasbro even recommends that the game is played in "your parents' basement". OUCH. Pretty condescending if you ask me.
What is a "Millennial" exactly?
Millennials are those born between 1981 through 1996.
What do millennials have to say about this game?
As expected, it's getting a lot of backlash from millennials who are offended. I mean, when the guy on the box is wearing a participation award and drinking what appears to be a latte is featured on the cover, who wouldn't be? After all, this is really stereotypical and does not represent all millennials. Here's what a few people on Twitter thought about the new game.