I first heard about this story on one of my favorite podcasts, 99% Invisible with Roman Mars (99% Invisible: The Landlord’s Game). It intrigued me. A game that was originally designed by a woman to be anti-capitalist had been claimed by a man and become all about capitalism. Could there be a more American story? It reminded me of the depiction of McDonald’s in Fast Food Nation. Once a Mom ‘n Pop, a pull yourself up by your own bootstraps success story, well, now look at it now.
Pilon’s research and storytelling are great. Though she self-consciously struggles to explain elements of copyright and trademark law, in the end, it doesn’t really matter. This, too, is an American story, and one I recommend.