Great Job, Internet!: Read This: An oral history of The Oregon Trail

For decades, elementary school students across the country have been learning about the hardships of American westward expansion thanks to the immersive text-based video game The Oregon Trail. Whether it’s finding out your son Fart has cholera or discovering your beautiful wife Butt also has cholera, nothing makes the reality of wagon-bound settlers more visceral than this 8-bit adventure. But where did The Oregon Trail come from? Why has it had such staying power? Who are the geniuses that made those axels so damn breakable?

To find answers to some of these questions, a new piece on Vice goes straight to the source: the game’s original creators. Don Rawitsch, Bill Heinemann, and Paul Dillenberger provide an oral history of The Oregon Trail, starting from its humble beginnings as a board game designed to teach 8th graders about U.S. History to its ultimate success as the flagship product …

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