The Oregon Trail
◉ ◉ ◉ ◉ ○(4/5: great)
MECC (1985)
Yeah, yeah, dysentery or whatever.

Everyone's favorite buffalo-murdering game about westward expansion. I mean it leaves a lot of the violence out that went along with the colonization of the U.S., but it was written by white folks, so what do you expect? There's also a question about what exactly you learned from the game...

As a game, though, it was sufficiently accessible and complex for even a single-digit aged youth like myself to get into. I vaguely remember the first time I had enough time in the lab to raft down the Columbia river and win. I definitely remember murdering excessive amounts of buffalo without worrying about the longevity of the species, just like colonizers did!

But that's really the question that bothers me about this game, what did kids learn?

They learned about RNG, for sure!

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Last updated: 07/13/2021
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