If you were a K–12 student in the 1980s or 1990s, playing a video game at school likely makes you think of only one thing: “The Oregon Trail.” The side-scrolling game, a combination of choose-your-adventure story and survival challenge, was invented in 1971 by three student teachers to educate students on westward expansion.
It found its place in the classroom, with some companies even bundling it with their computers. While the game was frustrating — “You have died of dysentery” was a common outcome — many former students credit it with sparking a love of video games, among other things.
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