Life board game history

The Game of Life vs

Homemade Slingshot

The Game of Life board game
Made by Milton Bradley, ca. 1960

The Game of Life was created in the 1960s by Reuben Klamer to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Milton Bradley’s popular parlor game, The Checkered Game of Life. In this earlier version of the board game, players navigated between “virtue” and “vice”—hopefully ending on the “Happy Old Age” square.

The updated Game of Life, seen here, mirrors the ups and downs of life that Americans experienced in the 1950s. Players wound their way around the board, landing on squares that represented typical milestones: a new job, marriage, the birth of a child, acquiring money and possessions, and hopefully, a happy retirement.

Since the 1960s edition, the game has been updated numerous times—each version changing slightly to reflect the values and lifestyles of the era in which it was created. It has been translated into 20 languages and was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2010.

Homemade Slingshot
Unknown maker, no date

The slingshot is referenced as far back as the Bible, but modern versions didn’t make an appearance until Charles Goodyear first vulcanized rubber in 1839. This undated homemade slingshot, made of a stick and rubber, shows just how simple the construction of a toy can be.

After WWII, mass production of these menacing toys became popular. WHAM-O, the company known for Frisbees and hula hoops, derived its name from the striking sound made by a slingshot’s projectile after first producing one in 1948.

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by filmwatcher

On a VHS I got from the Public Library called the National Film Board of Canada: a History, vol. 1: Animation.
The most impressive short was called the Bead Game and was animated entirely with colored beads on a black background, which makes for a very striking image. The soundtrack is an Indian music ensemble. I can't really descirbe the story other than to call it something of a metaphor on the cycle of life and evolution (in 5 minutes), capping off with an anti-war message. It's dazzling though.
The tape had a lot of other good shorts too, including Norman McLaren's Neighbors which would probably go over with kids and adults.

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by nonanon

Among them:
- I'm accountable in my daily life to people I personally encounter. As we are all essentially anon here, green or grey, I don't see why I should be held accountable for what I say in an anonymous forum. Frankly, many people want accountability so they can research your history and say "gotcha" whenever it appears you've contradicted yourself. It's a petty little game for some. Fine, I'm a complex person and sometimes I don't express myself clearly when typing quickly on a fast-moving message board. But I don't really want petty people pestering me with "you once said..." and then I have to justify what I said, often with changing context.
- this is a politics forum, and as such, there are many controversial issues. Forcing people to have an "audit trail" stifles...

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