BySam Plank, writer at
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If you grew up in the 80s, there were three things you absolutely had to know to remain at least slightly cool. At least one Michael Jackson song, every line from E.T., and how to navigate the Oregon Trail without dying of dysentery!

In a graduating class that is nothing short of epic, The Oregon Trail has officially earned its spot in the Video Game Hall of Fame! Along with Space Invaders, Grand Theft Auto III, Sonic the Hedgehog, The Legend of Zelda, and The Sims, Oregon Trail is now officially...well, official.

courtesy The Strong museum
courtesy The Strong museum

Created in 1971, and making its start as a tool to help teach school children about what the pioneers had to face on the Oregon Trail, it soon was being bundled with many computers that were sold. Kind of like Nintendo and Super Mario.

If you had the honor of playing this game as a child, then you must be a very tough adult now. Continuously losing members of your group to everything from dysentery to snake bites frustrated the hell out of millions of school children.

Poor Nicole!

Sorry, Angela.

James, you were told not to poop too far from the wagon

Poor you, too.

There were things you lost in the fire

You had to invest wisely

And you had to be one hell of shot

Suck it up, Jennifer

Say what? I don't remember any coyote humping...

And of course, you killed one animal and got 4 million pounds of meat, only to get 100 of it.

And to keep going, you actually had to flip the disk! The harshest part of the whole game!

To top it all off, if you were lucky like me, the only place to play the game was on the single computer at the back of the classroom, and you had to share the damn thing. Which meant you hardly ever finished the game!

But I wouldn't change a thing. The game helped me become the gaming master I am today!

Now, pardon me while I go fire up my Atari Flashback and play some...oh who am I kidding. I haven't fired that thing up in so long, I forgot what games were on it.

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Let the reminiscing begin! Drop some of your Oregon Trail memories in the comments section!


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