The Game of Life


EARLY MODIFICATION In 1960, the game switched from a checkered board to the iconic track.

LIFE LESSONS Go to college? Have kids? Oh the decisions! Just retire with the most dough, and you win.

FILM VERSION? Nope. But Snoop Dogg stars in a 1998 short film called Da Game of Life as an aspiring gangster.

NOTABLE TRIVIA Every player must stop on the Getting Married space. Rick Santorum would be proud.

2012 ENHANCEMENTS "The Game of Life: zAPPed Edition" uses the iPad as a virtual spinner and shows clips from America's Funniest Home Videos when players land on certain spaces.

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CULTURAL CONTRIBUTION "You sunk my battleship!"

EARLY MODIFICATION The original pad-and-pencil game gave way to a board with red and white pegs in 1967.

LIFE LESSONS Best to stay off the grid.

FILM VERSION? Yes, hitting theatres May 18th, the movie of the same name, directed by Peter Berg, will star Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgård, Brooklyn Decker, Rihanna and Liam Neeson.

NOTABLE TRIVIA The first Electronic Battleship game came out in 1977, captivating boys with the first voice commands and battle sounds.

2012 ENHANCEMENTS Battleship Live features an electronic, talking tower; touchpads and motion sensors replace the pegs in the boards of the original game.

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CULTURAL CONTRIBUTION "Get Out of Jail Free" and "Do not pass go, do not collect $200"

EARLY MODIFICATION Monopoly Deluxe was trotted out for high-rollers in 1985, with features like wooden houses and golden tokens.

LIFE LESSONS Invest early; real estate is a good bet.

FILM VERSION? According to Hasbro, a movie (directed by Ridley Scott) is in the works. In the meantime, here's a funny fake trailer.

NOTABLE TRIVIA According to Wikipedia, "an American woman named Elizabeth (Lizzie) J. Magie Phillips hoped the game would help explain the single tax theory of Henry George to illustrate the negative aspects of concentrating land in private monopolies."

2012 ENHANCEMENTS There's no unwieldy cash in Monopoly zAPPed. Your iPhone/iPad device uses a free app to add and subtract money from a debit card's virtual account.

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CULTURAL CONTRIBUTION Miss Scarlet, Colonel Mustard, Mrs. Peacock

EARLY MODIFICATION The Clue VCR Mystery Game was released in 1985.

LIFE LESSONS Don't trust anyone named Colonel Mustard.

FILM VERSION? John Landis consulted on the 1985 movie featuring Tim Curry, Martin Mull, Lesley Ann Warren, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Madeline Kahn, and rocker Lee Ving, founder of Fear.

NOTABLE TRIVIA In England, where the game originated, it is called Cluedo.

2012 ENHANCEMENTS Clue Elimination takes the mystery off the board with Nerf "blaster" guns, colored darts, and mission cards.

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