There are some board games that you want to play with your Nan at Christmas time. Ghettopoly is not one of those games. Keep this away from your Nan. And any other family members of a gentle disposition.
Released in 2002, Ghettopoly is a parody of Monopoly – a game that most households seem to have a copy of. These days there are a million and one official different versions of Monopoly on the market (literally!) but this isn’t one of them. Hasbro (who own Monopoly nowadays) even sued the creator David Chang and he was then found in contempt of court for failure to provide documents in response to the case.
Set in a US ghetto you won’t find much similarity with the usual Monopoly apart from the game mechanics. The playing pieces resemble crack cocaine and a marijuana leaf amongst other things and instead of houses and hotels you have crack houses and projects. The stations are replaced by liquor stores and places on the board include a gun shop, a massage parlour and a peep show.
It’s no surprise that Ghettopoly has caused a fair bit of controversy with some groups declaring it racist and as a result some of its retailers pulled it from sale. It can still be bought new online from the original creator (or secondhand from places like Amazon and Ebay), along with one of his other titles Redneckopoly. You can probably guess where that one is set, and you probably don’t want to play it with your Nan either.
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