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Why does the board game monopoly bring out the worst in people?

Asked by Hawkeye (1245 points ) August 23rd, 2010

I know of some who, when losing, tip the game off the table, and storm off

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Seaofclouds's avatar

Because some people are sore losers. I’m pretty sure they would do the same thing no matter which game they were playing.

BratLady's avatar

OMG! How childish. I guess because they can’t face losing, even if it’s a game.

muppetish's avatar

Nobody will play Monopoly with me. They call me The Monopoly Mobster.

Games like Monopoly and Risk bring out the competitive edge in people like no other board games I have played. I think it has to do with a mix between how the game operates (the acquisition of places, running players out of play one by one) and the sheer length it takes until there is one person left standing.

It’s easier to shout “You’re cheating!” and flip the board in a huff.

Card games are almost as bad if you’re playing one of those “How to screw your neighbor” types. People take strategies so personally sometimes.

Scooby's avatar

This game comes out usually at Christmas time :-/
There’s always a baby throwing their toys out of the pram!! Lol…. & tossing their cookies……

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I think golf does that and it is hugely entertaining for me ;)

Seaofclouds's avatar

@muppetish No one will play Monopoly with me either unless I agree to a time limit for the game. I’ve had games of Monopoly go on for games. I technically have one that is still going. It started out with 6 of us and got down to 2. We had to pack up the game, so we wrote out everything that we owned, which cards were in our hands, which properties had houses and hotels, where our pieces were, and how much money we each had. That game started a long time ago, but since I moved away from my opponent, I doubt it will ever be finished. We logged in about 40 hours of playing before I moved away The paper with all of that information is still in the box.

ucme's avatar

Will to win, i’m the same when it comes to Twister!! That’s not my bloody leg!!!! :¬D

Piper_Brianmind's avatar

My girlfriend wanted to play monopoly with me. One on one. With her being the banker. Long story short, I do believe she has a screw loose.

talljasperman's avatar

people take competition personally…. like I do for chess… its like I’m playing death every time
http://www.google.ca/images?hl=en&q=death+chess&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=univ&ei=m_xyTMrOO5btnQf5pNGKDw&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CCEQsAQwAA&biw=809&bih=885

watch the seventh seal…for more detail

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

What do you mean by bringing out the worst!! What are you trying to tell me!? You got a problem with the way I play Monopoly!?

Now, pay the rent you owe me for landing on Illinois Ave. with a hotel!!

ucme's avatar

@hawaii_jake Oooh get you, proper little bad tempered banker aren’t we? ;¬}

flutherother's avatar

It’s not the board game it’s real life Monopoly that brings out the worst in people.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

@ucme Oh yeah!? You think I’m bad tempered now? You wait till I get Boardwalk to go with my Park Place, and then you’ll be sorry!! evil laugh

What street names does Monopoly have in the UK? Surely they don’t use the ones from Atlantic City, New Jersey.

shego's avatar

Are you serious? I think you need to go back to Florida, and recount, because you owe me!
I’ll tell you it brings the worst out of me. I dislike playing with people who like to cheat, and then they get mad when I call them out on it.

ucme's avatar

@hawaii_jake Mayfair & Park Lane the most expensive sites. Then a collection of more London streets such as Leicester Square, Piccadily, Trafalgar Square…..you get the picture.

amazingme's avatar

Boardgames in general do.
“I feel like all board games could have the same name – which one of my friends is a competitive asshole? Tonight we played ‘steve.’ ”- Demetri Martin.

Frenchfry's avatar

My husband does not like games. So sad. I used to play with my sister. She was such a cheater. She HAD to be banker. I always had to be the car. I am always the car.

Blackberry's avatar

I think it is also because we expect such a simple game to be fun and controllable and expect to win because it’s so easy. We remember playing it as a kid, and it was challenging…but now…as an adult, we have conquered much harder feats than a trivial game of Monopoly, so it angers us when we lose at something so easy.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

“Competition is rooted in comparison. When you look at the world, you are instinctively aware of other people’s performance. Their performance is the ultimate yardstick. No matter how hard you tried, no matter how worthy your intentions, if you reached your goal but did not outperform your peers, the achievement feels hollow. Like all competitors, you need other people. You need to compare. If you can compare, you can compete, and if you can compete, you can win. And when you win, there is no feeling quite like it. You like measurement because it facilitates comparisons. You like other competitors because they invigorate you. You like contests because they must produce a winner. You particularly like contests where you know you have the inside track to be the winner. Although you are gracious to your fellow competitors and even stoic in defeat, you don’t compete for the fun of competing. You compete to win. Over time you will come to avoid contests where winning seems unlikely.”

Gallup Organization

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Competition. I’ve seen the most polite and well mannered, loved-by-everyone people turn into monsters with Monopoly.

tifa's avatar

Hahahaha!! wow this brings back memories…. most of the time the game would take to long to even finish whenever me and my friends would play, and no one could be trusted with a saved game over night.

Austinlad's avatar

Maybe it’s a good thing that people vent their competitive tendencies in board games rather than on the street with weapons.

RomanExpert's avatar

I want Boardwalk, Park Place, and all of the Railroads!

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