Wednesday, February 18, 2009

board game boom with recession?

From Allison Abell Schwartz at

Monopoly gave Americans a cheap way to entertain the family at the height of the Great Depression, and Mattel Inc. and Hasbro Inc. are betting board games will stage a comeback in the current crisis.

Mattel and Hasbro will show off new games at the American International Toy Fair in New York Feb. 15 to Feb. 18....will also unveil retooled versions of perennial favorites including Candy Land, Trivial Pursuit and Monopoly.

U.S. board-game sales rose 6% to $794 million last year, while total toy sales declined 3%, according to researcher NPD Group Inc. Game sales have risen since last summer, when dwindling disposable income made the “staycation” a popular alternative to holiday travel...

Those three games are:

a.) pretty lame; check these out for a lot more fun

b.) apt metaphors for economic policies of the recent and current administrations


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