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  • - [Voiceover] You know what this is.

  • The wagon, the river, dying of dysentary.

  • All you ever wanted to do was

  • get to Willamette Valley safely.

  • It's the Oregon Trail, but did you know

  • that this iconic game started as a board game?

  • It was 1971, three guys, Don, Bill, and Paul

  • were roommates in Minnesota.

  • They were student teachers.

  • Don, who would often dress up as historical figures

  • to captivate his students, needed a creative way

  • to teach lessons about the Oregon Trail.

  • So he created a board game.

  • He started by using a map of the American frontier

  • and wrote flash cards for the hardships pioneers faced,

  • like dysentery, broken wagon wheels, and snake bites.

  • As soon as his roommates got wind of the board game,

  • they suggested he pump it up by

  • turning it into a computer game.

  • Over the next two weeks, the three men put together

  • the very first version of Oregon Trail.

  • But, small problem: they didn't have a computer,

  • so they used this wacky machine, a teletype,

  • a sort of glorified typewriter

  • that didn't even have a monitor.

  • Basically, they would type code

  • onto these huge pieces of paper and then print them out.

  • When the program was done, Don's class

  • couldn't get enough of the game.

  • Kids were staying late and arriving early

  • just so they could play Oregon Trail.

  • Several years later, Don got a job

  • with the Minnesota Educational Computing Consortion,

  • an educational software company

  • and he pitched them Oregon Trail as a program idea.

  • As soon as Apple 2s were launched in the late '70s

  • and sent out to classrooms all over Minnesota,

  • Oregon Trail became a big hit.

  • Such a big hit that other states began licensing the game.

  • And the rest, as they say, is history.

- [Voiceover] You know what this is.

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Dysentery, Typhoid and Snakebites: The Early Days of "Oregon Trail"

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    許大善   posted on 2019/10/14
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