These days, adolescents are all about the “Bling”, or maybe the “Blong”; (I could have heard wrong because I’m pretty old. It’s hard keeping in touch with youth culture when everything unfamiliar frightens you.)
The current version form of the game was created in 1935 as a means of glamorizing capitalism, which had fallen into disrepute due to the great depression. Ironically, the game would later be accused of being a communist plot by Joseph McCarthy, who was annoyed at Parker Brothers refusing to replace the shoe with a bald eagle.
Nothing really rivals the experience of having a huge stack of colorful paper bills and waving it around in the faces of your friends and family, singing “I’m in the money! I’m in the freaking money!”.