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January 4, 2008


It actually takes longer to play this game than it does to live your life.

Posted by Chris @ 11:54 am  

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  1. Jennifer says:

    Do they still make that game? I loved that as a child. How fun!

  2. Maine Mom says:

    Thanks for bringing back the memory of playing this fun, but loooong game! Were there any dropouts before the end of the game? I’m pretty sure I was one of the dropouts as a kid because I can’t remember ever finishing the game.

  3. Sara says:

    Gah! This one goes right up there with Candyland and Chutes and Ladders (a stab-my-own-eyes-out on the Torturous Game Scale). Give me Blink, Guess Who or Toss Up any day.

  4. Heather says:

    Ha ha ha ha ha…….so true, but the kids love it!

  5. Susan says:


    Same with Monopoly. I thought I’d helped my kids forget about that god-forsaken game, and then my nephew gave us a new Disney/Pixar edition of it for Christmas.


  6. Elena J says:

    Yup. Pretty similar to Candyland in the enjoyment category.

  7. Jan says:

    Oh….that evil Game of Life!

  8. Wicked Stepmom says:


    Yeah, that’s why I always hated playing that game. There’s no way my child-induced-ADD brain would allow it now.

  9. carrie says:

    Oh yes, and now, thanks to some loving family member, we have the Pirates of the Caribbean version as well. Choices!

    I cannot wait.

    I’ll need a double to get through that game.

  10. Mir says:

    Dude, is that the same game you started when I called you on Wednesday? GET OUT! GET OUT NOW! ;)

  11. Jenni says:

    I *love* the game Life. I haven’t played it in at least 4 years! I think the last time I played it was when my college roommate and I stayed up ALL NIGHT during finals week playing Life and Sorry and Spades. :) I wonder if my 8 yr old could play this game…

  12. fidget says:

    yes, yes it does.

    there is a reason I refuse to own it!

  13. nw nonna says:

    No my dear Chris, it actually takes longer to play Star Wars Monopoly, especially when every name/place is patiently explained to the clueless..ME. What a nonna won’t do for her grandboyos.

  14. Erika says:

    Amen to that! I have four kids and they love this game, but I know, by the end, I’ve aged significantly!

  15. Christy says:

    Which is why my family of ADHD kids and adults never ever sat down to play that game. We would have been miserable!

  16. Kal says:

    I played that the other day with some friends, we haven’t played for years. We forgot that we were supposed to save up all our lifetime achievement cards until the end and just read them as they came up, so our ‘lives’ were full of people leaving high school, working as a dump-truck driver and winning the Nobel prize.

  17. suburbancorrespondent says:

    It always seems like a good idea when you start. I ended up throwing the game out when my kids weren’t looking. I can be drastic that way.

  18. Victoria says:

    OK, yeah, I actually bought this just a couple of years ago.

    For myself.

    To play with my grownup friends.


  19. jen says:

    You know, I used to play that game as a kid, conniving so I would have 6 or more kids. I’d have all the little people pegs piled on top of one another in the little car. Now? Two kids and a fervent prayer that my sons don’t suddenly multiply overnight…or that my oldest discovers Star Wars Monopoly (thanks for the heads up, nw nonna!).

  20. SM says:

    Couldn’t you make the kids play it among themselves without you? And you could spend all that time blogging! Us readers will be in delight! Wahaha!

  21. Anitz says:

    Gee, and does it come with the extended vehicle to transport your crowd?

  22. christine says:

    Ummm … yeah … especially when the four-year-old insists on playing.

    Playing … wrecking … ticking off everyone in sight … whatever the kids are calling it these days.

  23. Beth says:

    I think it takes longer to play Risk.

    I only played it once and it came down to me and my ex-boyfriend. He wanted me to concede. As if! I made him play to the end.

    But Life is right up there, too.

  24. salsaqueen says:

    We never played LIFE as kids…but the Monopoly tournaments were endless. And both of my sisters were cheaters!

  25. Heather says:

    So true! We have SpongeBob Life, and it takes about 15 minutes with two players. And one of those players is a 4 year old and he always beats the other player, which is me.

  26. Dione says:

    Funny! We played this all the time growing up. I remember wanting to start all over if I didn’t get the profession I wanted. But, what about Monopoly? I don’t think it EVER ends. I think we’ve always just quit playing.

  27. Aimee says:

    I just wanted to drop you a line, I’m one of the “hidden” readers that never comments. I absolutely LOVE reading your posts and look forward to them everyday. You have a beautiful family!! I have one 5 yr. old boy, and it amazes me how much you can really love someone unconditionally! When I read your posts, I wish I had at least 1 more child, someone to fight, I mean, play with. Look forward to more funny and heartwarming posts in the new year.

  28. Wendy says:

    Is that your car with all the people? I would say as in the game of life and real you are doing quite well.

  29. Sarah says:

    Favorite-est game evAr.
    I wish I had more friends who liked to play board games … or they made 1-player games. LOL I bet I can find LIFE online! Yes *runs off*

  30. Hippo Brigade says:

    Ugh, I always end up with 6 kids, indebt, and uneducated in that game

  31. Lisa Lisa says:

    A good “QUICK” came to play would be Pop “O” Matic TROUBLE. It’s fun and quick. We actually go a couple rounds before putting it to rest :o)

  32. Jodi says:

    We got the Simpson’s version for Christmas here and we played and I thought it was a rather quick game myself. Maybe we were following the rules correctly? ;)

  33. Cheryl M. says:

    When my family asks me to play “Dog Monopoly” I run and hide in a dark closet!

  34. Suzanne says:

    That is SUCH a true statement. I started playing this game with my little brother on a Tuesday in 1980, and we’re still playing. I got married in the game the same week as I got married in real life.


  35. Sherry says:

    We also have the Spongebob version. It is quicker, but it doesn’t have the little cars and people. :(

  36. Mama Bear says:

    I am so sorry, and I have to brag… I live in N.D. We are known for snow and cold weather, even more so than New England I think. Today we have no snow left on the ground, after originally having practically an entire inch (!), and it is 45 degrees out, with no wind. Aaaaah, it’s like summertime practically. Sorry, it’s not often we get to brag about N.D. weather in January!

  37. Bri says:

    Bwahahaha!! Someone wanted to play Life? That’s the game our parents brought out when the adults wanted to party without interuption, because it just. took. so. long. to. play. In fact, I don’t think we ever actually finished a game. I say run before it’s too late, you might even have time for a nap before they give up.

  38. Heidi says:

    Won’t ever be able to con me into playing THAT game again. Ugh.

  39. shannon says:

    yep- we have pirates fo the caribbean version - so we must talk like pirates and shout RAID!!!!! at each other for a long, very long time.

    we also are lucky enough to own Dogopoly (Monopoly) and my 3 year old loves to play it. why? why? why?

  40. Alisa says:

    I used to love this game. Until my kids made me play it with them.
    It takes forever…

  41. peepnroosmom says:

    es. Life does take forever. And Monopoly. And don’t even mention Candyland. I know my day is coming back when the endless hours of playing don’t end. AND when Peep was little he used to stack the deck to make me get the purple monster to make me go back to the end of the line. Little cheater.

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  43. Elizabeth says:

    What a coincidence! My 16 yo daughter called me at work this afternoon to ask if she could go to a movie tonight, and then told me she had just lost The Game of Life. Turns out when she came home from school, my 19 yo daughter and her boyfriend had just finished playing it (YES, I do believe that) and he thought she must have cheated, so they played another round with the little sister and that time he won. I actually like this better than most kid games as it isn’t as long as some (Monopoly) and there is more going on than others (Candyland).

  44. InterstellarLass says:

    I used to play this when I was a kid. The game would go on for HOURS! Looks like they’ve updated the game board though.

  45. Brigitte says:

    I remember wanting tons of “kids” to pile up in my vehicle, because you could trade them in for cash at the end of the game (I thought I was remembering wrong, but I Googled the rules and there it was). Bet you wish you could really do that some days!

  46. maddy says:

    SO true. That game is endless. My kids love it. I just zone out and go to my “happy place” when they pull out the “Life” game.

  47. Julie Stiles Mills says:

    That photo is so cool! Seriously! I love it! I’ve been playing with my new Nikon D40x and am currently a low light junkie. I spent New Years Eve walking around the front yard with a tripod while everyone around me was shooting off fireworks. (Your photos were an excellent data point in my camera buying research, thank you!) You should consider selling some of your photos on http://www.dreamstime.com!

  48. MyBestInvest says:

    With the benefit of hindsight, I can see now why I could never talk my parents into playing Life with me. Anytime I would ask, they would suggest that my brother and I play together.

  49. Bronnie says:

    this game is an all time fave!

  50. WCD says:

    You are not kidding — I used to love that game. The older I got the more annoying it has become. Then they came out with a version for playstation, and I ran screaming “Noooooooooooooooooooooo” down the hall:)

  51. Anna says:

    My uncles always played “loosers monopoly”, where the goal was to loose as grandly as possible. If you don’t like the game, just change the scoring mechanism.

  52. Sarah says:

    I found a copy online. It sucks. Boo for Life. (well that doesn’t come out quite right now does it?)

  53. mama's got moxie says:

    ha!! i used to love that game.

  54. Sue says:

    SERIOUSLY. Someone gave us Princess Monopoly, and I swear to crap, that is the longest freaking game. When my kids get it out I just - pretend I’m having a seizure, so that I don’t have to play it.

    People should not be allowed to give games as presents without the express written permission of at least one parent. Because you know WE’RE going to have to play the game.

  55. Mama Zen says:

    Monopoly is worse!

  56. Callista says:

    I love the game of life! I don’t like the newer version of it though, with credit cards. I much prefer the old version, even if the prices aren’t right.

    I’ve finished Life many times, but don’t think I’ve ever finished Monopoly.

  57. chgogirl says:

    i’ve been enjoying your blog ever since it was mentioned over at “house in progress” ages ago, chris. tonight my dad sent me the following and i immediately thought of you and your “love” of dumb questions. couldn’t find a way to email it to you….so, it’s being posted under the game of life….lol.

    Purina Dog Food

    The next time someone asks you a dumb question wouldn’t you like to respond like this?

    Yesterday I was buying a large bag of Purina dog chow for Athena the wonder dog at Wal-Mart and was about to check out. A woman behind me asked if I had a dog.

    What did she think I had, an elephant?

    On impulse, I told her that no, I didn’t have a dog, and that I was starting the Purina Diet again. Although I probably shouldn’t, because I’d ended up in the hospital last time, but that I’d lost 50 pounds before I awakened in an intensive care ward with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and IVs in both arms.

    I told her that it was essentially a perfect diet and that the way that it works is to load your pants pockets with Purina nuggets and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry and that the food is nutritionally complete so I was going to try it again. (I have to mention here that practically everyone in the line was by now enthralled with my story.)

    Horrified , she asked if I ended up in intensive care because the dog food poisoned me. I told her no; I stepped off a curb to sniff an Irish Setter’s ass and a car hit us both.

    I thought the guy behind her was going to have a heart attack, he was laughing so hard!

  58. Nora Bee says:

    I’ve actually never played. I’m glad, now :-)

  59. lotus07 says:

    I gotta tell you, for those that haven’t played this game, it is worth a try. Not because it is a good game, but because of it’s origins. Originally, this was supposed to be a family game that prepared children for their rolls in life. It was sort of like an instruction primer for Dick and Jane when they were 6 and 8. While entertaining to play, especially on a rainy day, drinking wine and eating cheese with friends, it makes most adults laugh, since they have already lived most of their lives and can find humor in the pitfalls of what happens to you as you spin the big wheel.

    If you can find an ‘old’ version of this game, the ending has changed. In the original version, you either; ended up in a country mansion and were a millionaire, or you ended up in the Poor House. That isn’t the case now-a-days. Now you retire to your mansion and are a Billionaire or move to the country to become a philosopher. Needless to say, in the current game, I always try to loose.

  60. Mary W says:

    we like Life but the oldest minion and my husband love Risk - Um yeah - not me. They lovingly try to “help” me stay in the game longer.

  61. Girlymom4 says:

    I gave up on that game a long time ago. Somehow Monopoly always takes us forever.

  62. Just Seeking says:

    No kidding! that game is excruciating! My 7 and 5 year olds get all excited and want to play, but then I do all the work—all the reading of the cards, being the banker, explaining absolutely everything over and over and they basically just want to play at putting the babies and husbands into the car. Sigh. The last time we played (yesterday) my eldest literally burst into tears when she missed her last opportunity to have a baby without having had one yet. Ugh. The game is excruciating! p.s. your version looks different than mine—maybe your’s is the original? I don’t remember the one I had as a kid, but I know it was different than the one we have now. Maybe I need a better version???

  63. Debbie says:

    Too funny! I loved this game as a kid. My kids think it’s too long :)

  64. Kelly says:

    You are so right! Try Life- Pirates of the Caribeen. That takes forever too!

  65. CA says:

    OH, I love that game!
    But maybe that’s because we don’t have it anymore…