Modern Living: Monopoly in Elysium

When Monopoly was first marketed 40 years ago, its manufacturer was certain that a complicated, long-running game centered on the acquisition of Atlantic City real estate would have a short run for its funny money. Since then, nearly 80 million sets have been sold —a record 3.5 million this year alone —and two generations of Monopolists have been hooked on the game from Moscow (where it is officially banned as "too capitalistic") to Tokyo. Now, belatedly, Monopoly is being treated with the seriousness its addicts have always thought it deserved.

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