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How The Oregon Trail Took Over Computer Labs in the '80s and '90s

Alvin Ward
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In the 1980s and 1990s, computer classrooms across the country taught kids about the perils of dysentery and crossing rivers in wagons with The Oregon Trail, an instructive—and morbid—text-based adventure game.

In this episode of Throwback, join Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy as we set off to discover the true story behind this pioneering simulation. BYOO. (Bring Your Own Oxen.)

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