The Game Of Life
- America's first popular parlor game was originally published in 1860 as The Checkered Game of Life by Milton Bradley. Even in its earliest incarnation, however, the basic idea of the game was the same: simulate a person's journey
through life from college to retirement.
- Of course in modern times it's well known to be purely a contest to see who could cram their car with the most babies.
- The original Game of Life board (shown left) looked quite different from the later versions and it also seemed to have been designed by someone obsessed with the number 5. What is the ongoing fascination with these peg people?
- Fun fact: These spinners never worked well! Unanimously voted "shittiest spinner" by everyone everywhere. Shittiest spinner voter results: 1) Game of Life - 100%; 2) Twister - 0%; 3) Wheel of Fortune - 0%; 4) The Chore Wheel
on the fridge - 0%.
- The first modern version of the game was published in 1960 - 100 years after the original - and became wildly popular, even spawning a book called The Game of Life: How to Succeed in Real Life No Matter Where You Land. And had
anyone actually read the book, it might have made the author successful as well!
- The Game of Life... expectancy! The average American life expectancy went up with each new Game of Life box design. Coincidence? Probably not!: 1) 1860. With such drab colors on the original box, it's no wonder people's
life expectancy in the 1860s was so horrifyingly low; 2) 1980-2000s. Here you can practically feel the life force jumping out of the box and down your throat! Awesome!
Infographic by J. Lynch-Jonely 2012.