/// The Oregon Trail Still in Its Prime at 40 (Plus a Slideshow of All Its Versions!) [Voices]

February 27, 2011  |  All Things Digital


By Erik Silk | Intern, All Things Digital, Intern, All Things Digital You have dysentery. If you continue to hunt in this area, game will become scarce. You may attempt to ford the river or caulk the wagon and float it across. You aren’t alone if those frontier warnings elicit a little nostalgia. After all, odds are, if you were born sometime between 1980 and 2000, you’ve crossed The Oregon Trail, in the classic computer game of the same name. Now, in an era where the most popular game on Facebook involves building and tending to a cartoony city and the top seller on Apple’s iPhone involves shooting cartoony birds at cartoony pigs, the historical westward journey has actually found cartoony success of its own on both platforms. What’s interesting is that the game turns 40 later this year and has been played on almost every generation of PCs. Selling well over 65 million copies, it taken immeasurably more players along the road from Independence, Missouri to destinations in the American West than in real life.

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The Oregon Trail Still in Its Prime at 40 (Plus a Slideshow of All Its Versions!) [Voices]


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