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The Game of Life by Reuben Klamer in 1960.
THE GAME OF LIFE®
||The Game of Life®
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of fate! A family classic for more than 40 years. Do good deeds to
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1860 Milton Bradley invents and markets "The Checkered Game of
1960 Reuben Klamer invents "The Game of Life®". Milton Bradley
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|In 1860, Mr. Milton Bradley was a successful lithographer
whose major product was a portrait of Abraham Lincoln. When Mr. Lincoln grew his trademark
beard, Bradley's clean-shaven portrait was no longer popular. Out of desperation, Mr.
Bradley printed up several copies of a game he'd invented called, "The Checkered Game
of Life." Its immediate popularity put Milton Bradley in the game business.
This was Milton Bradley's first game. He sold 45,000 copies of the game by
the end of the year.
In 1959, Milton Bradley executives asked
freelance toy and game inventor, Reuben Klamer, to come up with an appropriate game for
the 100th anniversary of the company. Inspired by a "Checkered Game of Life"
game board he saw in the Milton Bradley archives, Klamer and a co-inventor developed The
Game of Life® which was introduced in 1960. In 1992, The Game of Life® was updated to
include Life Tiles which reward players for recycling their trash, learning CPR and saying
"no" to drugs. Today, The Game of Life® is played all over the
world in some 20 different languages.
History of Toys and Games from The Great Idea Finder
ON THE BOOKSHELF:
Game of Life and How to Play It
by Florence Scovel Shinn / Paperback: 95 pages / DeVorss & Company (June 1,
Many of thousands of people owe a great deal to this little book because it has taught
them that life is not a battle but a game. Not about the board game, but the real game of life.
History of Board Games
by David Parlett / Hardcover: 352 pages / Oxford University Press; (May 1999)
Here are the origins and development of our favorite games, from the Egyptian and
Asian ancestors of Chess, Checkers, and Backgammon, to the invention of such modern
classics as Monopoly, Clue, and Scrabble.
Stories Behind Some Great Inventions
by Don L. Wulffson, Laurie Keller / Hardcover - 128 pages (2000) / Henry
Holt & Company
The quirky tales behind more than two dozen novelties, gadgets and games, from seesaws to
Silly Putty and toy soldiers to Trivial Pursuit.
ON THE WEB:
The Game of Life® Game History
See how Hasbro has adapted their games to entertain over eight generations of kids.
Games Invented by Ruebem Klammer
Smess was created by Reuben Klamer, and it was produced in 1970 by Parker
Brothers. Smess is played much like Chess, the main difference being that
the directions of movement available to any piece are determined by arrows
on its square. In 1979, Parker Brothers released All the King's Men, which
was mostly the same game as Smess but with a completely new look.
Toy Industry Hall of Fame
Reuben Klamer is a toy inventor and designer with more than 200 products to
his credit. As a result of his gift for anticipating and capitalizing on
trends, his talent for developing consumer “must-haves” across a broad
spectrum of categories and his ability to work in a variety of media, In
addition to his pre-eminence in the areas of toy design, development and
marketing, Mr. Klamer also pioneered the worldwide use in toys of an
unbreakable plastic called polyethylene.
Life The Math Game
Life was invented by the mathematician John Conway in 1970. Life is just one
example of a cellular automaton, which is any system in which rules
are applied to cells and their neighbors in a regular grid. Life is probably
the most often programmed computer game in existence.POP-UP
WHERE TO FIND:
The Game of Life
Games / by Milton Bradley /
ASIN: B00000IWD7 /
SKN: 231967 / Less than $15.00
Practice makes perfect in the game of Life. Anything's possible with a spin
of the Life wheel! A classic family game that can be a reality check--or
just a fun time.
- The Game of Life is part of the permanent collection of the
National Museum of American History of the
|The Game of Life® is a registered trademark of Hasbro. All rights reserved.
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