Monopoly: A New Old Friend

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  1. #1 by Azz on March 31, 2011 - 10:35

    What a story… Now I get why this game is names “Monopoly”. I guess its Chinese version was not named “Long Duan” simply because the color of this word is… say… negative, in a sense; while the word “Monopoly” is fairly neutral.

    It is possible when the game was first introduced to China, the interpreter did not get the essence of this game as well. But even if he/she did, it would not be easy to get the game name translated accurately and properly. There is truly no equivalent in two languages…

    I’m now wondering how many players in China were actuallly mislead by “Da Fu Weng4” about the game’s rule and now struggling to accept the original one. But what I’m sure is – there must be many more players who still believe they are playing correctly. ^_^

    • #2 by luislee818 on March 31, 2011 - 13:27

      Someone says the longest Monopoly games are caused by deadlocks when no one in the game owns a property set, everyone can survive the cycle with the $200 collected at “Go”, they ruined the game by not trading. In that case, there’s really no fun in it anymore, but one trade could break the balance and make interesting things happen.

      Hopefully, one day I can find the Monopoly game I originally played and read through the rules in that box again.

  2. #3 by Azz on April 1, 2011 - 15:40

    This example reminds me of an economic term “Oligopoly”, which represents a market/sector dominated by a couple of players. In an Oligopoly market, the interation between players determines the market’s shape and structure. That is, it’s supposed the oligopolists are aware of each other’s decision and the decision may have impact on all oligopolists….. Don’t think I’m able to explain it clearly…

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