So, it’s been a while since I posted. To be Honest, CGI just hasn’t been exciting me of late. I have some other projects I want to do, but just getting them started is a chore. I spend a lot of my time off playing playing games and watching movies. On that note, here’s something a little different.
So, anyone who was in school between 1985 and about 2005-ish probably played The Oregon Trail in school. It was first created in the ’70s by a few student teachers who wanted a fun way to teach the history of that trail, and it’s become a favorite since then. It was included on all computers sent to schools by 1985. (at least in North America) These days, you can play it in a web browser for free. Or, you know, play it on a handheld:
So, these were out last year, but they were a Target exclusive. You couldn’t buy them online, you had to go to Target (ugh) and they apparently weren’t even on a shelf. You had to get an employee to get one from the back for you. Very odd. Anyway, I was at the Walmart I work at the other day and I saw a display of these. I was like, “oh cool, Walmart is selling these this year.” So, I picked one up last night. It’s a cool device that looks a lot like an old computer:
It has buttons for everything you need to do. It runs on 3 AA batteries. The game is officially licensed, and is a high quality made in China product. The screen actually isn’t bad for its size and the speaker faces you and can get really loud. Anyway, here are a couple shots of it turned on:
Not bad at all. It was $25, before my employee discount. It’s a niche item for sure, kind of one of those things that nostalgia gets you to pick up. There were only 3 left on the display, which held a lot more than that. Though, the game itself is really fun. I played a game a few months back in my browser and actually completed the trail. (the rest of my party died along the way) The cool thing about this little device is that you can save your game.
Anyway, that’s all I have for now. Happy Holidays, everyone. 🙂