Trivial Pursuit

The two games I despise above all others are Trivial Pursuit and Monopoly. For Monopoly, the reason is obvious: it’s brainless, self-centered, and blatantly unbalanced. For Trivial Pursuit I had an inkling why: I have trouble with U.S.-centric questions; when it comes to questions about sports or television and movie stars I am completely lost. The other day I saw a TV ad for the 90s edition: someone opens a time capsule and celebrities from the 1990s start pouring out. Suddenly it was very clear. Trivial Pursuit is stuck in a cliquish high-school view of the world. It isn’t about the game. It’s about cultural affirmation. And it’s not much fun if it isn’t your culture.

2004-10-08

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