The game of Life was available for free Wednesday at Oxford and Hammond streets in Cambridge, seemingly promising that it takes a very long time — more than 30 years! — to finish a game, although freshly scrubbed nuclear families such as the one on the box will still have fun. It’s amazing Milton Bradley sold so many copies of this, but things were different when the first version was created: 1860, when “the Checkered Game of Life” was played by Milton Bradley himself. The revamped version above, and the version most of us have played and wondered why, was released in 1960. (Games started in June 1990 are just ending.)

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