The Oregon Trail” is still worth playing 51 years later – The Shield

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“The Oregon Trail” is considered one of the oldest and most iconic computer games in history. The game is still a pleasure to play 50 years later.

Tegan Ruhl, Associate Lifestyle Editor

Do you like computer games? Or the story? Oregon, maybe? Well, I have the game for you.

“The Oregon Trail” is considered one of the oldest and most iconic computer games in history. The original concept of “The Oregon Trail” was created by Bill Heinemann, Don Rawitsch and Paul Dillenberger. Their intention was to teach school children what life on the Oregon Trail was like in the 19th century. Officially created by the Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium in 1971, “The Oregon Trail” has maintained a beloved reputation for generations with numerous remakes, sequels and spin-offs hitting the market today.

I played “The Oregon Trail” before, but my interest in the game rekindled during Fall Break after I bought a shirt that said “You Died of Dysentery” from Goodwill. I can honestly say that I forgot how simple, yet outstanding this game is.

Here are a few reasons why the game has stood the test of time and is still so enjoyable today.

It’s a game that requires strategy.

I like a good challenge when I see one. “The Oregon Trail” is no exception. While the character you choose to play affects the overall difficulty of the game, “The Oregon Trail” can be as tricky as you want it to be. Whatever your strategy for accumulating the most points at the end of the game, “The Oregon Trail” welcomes it. Do you want to skip buying food and just hunt it? Dark. Want to stay at a grueling pace and never rest? Be my guest. Whatever challenge you want to take on, the game begs you to do it.

Still, playing the game normally requires some judgment as you manage your supplies, travelers, and your own sanity when you contract cholera for the third time and a thief steals all your clothes in the middle of the night. Whether you’re crossing or praying for the next landmark, “The Oregon Trail” will test your thinking skills and understanding of survival.

It’s fun to play with friends.

Although it’s not a multiplayer game, the single-player mode doesn’t mean you can’t play “The Oregon Trail” with friends. There are ways to get your friends involved. You can choose to play and make decisions together when your group goes on a trip. If your friends are not interested in playing with you, I strongly recommend that you make better friends. To joke! Naming your party members after your friends can make the game more collaborative and fun. Oh no, Ian is dead. Dude, Quinton still has typhoid! Also, be sure to tell your friends what happened to them. They will laugh or be offended. Either way, involving your friends makes “The Oregon Trail” 10 times more fun than it was originally.

You experience a piece of history.

Let’s not forget that the original purpose of the game was to educate children about the difficulties of the Oregon Trail. I’m sure many of us who play get caught up in the endless cycle of survival, but we can’t forget that’s what the pioneers went through too. Although it may not seem relevant to modern society, the Oregon Trail represents the spirit of innovation and risk-taking that gave birth to the contiguous United States of America we know today. If it hadn’t been for these pioneers ready to try their luck at a new life, who knows how long it would have taken the United States to develop, if it ever would have.

“The Oregon Trail” is a memoir of the pioneers who reached the end of their journey and those they lost along the way. In the middle of all the gameplay, anyone can stop and realize, “That was real.” “The Oregon Trail” thanks the pioneers for all they gave up for America’s future. Everyone else thanks the pioneers for being the inspiration to create one of the most iconic computer games of all time.

Although “The Oregon Trail” is over 50 years old, its relevance in today’s pop culture is still evident. With spin-offs like zombie horror and survival game, “The Organ Trail” and Apple Arcade’s new remake of the original “The Oregon Trail,” it’s no wonder people still love the game. game today.

If you’ve never played “The Oregon Trail”, do it. You will laugh and feel stressed at the same time. Still, if you’re heading to Oregon City at the end of your trip, it’s worth it. If you die before you get there, there’s nothing stopping you from coming back to Independence, Missouri, and starting all over again.

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