New Monopoly edition will see women earn more than men
Monopoly is one of those board games that everyone always complains is unfair. Of course, it was originally designed by Lizzie Magie in 1903 to work as a satire of economics and capitalism, demonstrating that an economy which rewards wealth creation is better than one where monopolists work without any constraint.
As a result, whenever people get together and play this classic game, it usually descends into endless arguments about rent, hotels, dice rolls, and cheating.
But now a new iteration of Monopoly looks as though it's going to be the most controversial edition of them all...
Ms Monopoly is an updated version of the original board game, which celebrates female inventors and entrepreneurs, and lampoons the wage gap by making women earn more than men. For instance, when a man playing passes go, he will collect the usual $200, while his female counterpart will collect a more generous $240.
In Hasbro's official statement on the game, the creators stated: "A fun new take on the game that creates a world where women have an advantage often enjoyed by men. But don't worry, if men play their cards right, they can make more money too."
Check out this ad for the new Ms Monopoly game below:
The rules of the game state: "Players can build business headquarters to collect even more rent. Zoom ahead with ride shares, and purchase utilities - such as solar heating - invented by women."
It adds: "This is the first game where women make more than men, but who you are is up to you. Includes unique tokens that represent Ms. Monopoly's adventurous spirit."
Only time will tell whether or not this game will be a hit with gamers, or if it will just provoke further division between the sexes. The game isn't available yet, but you can pre-order it from Walmart's official online store for $19.99.