The Oregon Trail

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:

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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:

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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. 🙂

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6 thoughts on “The Oregon Trail

  1. Hi EG180, Happy Holidays! Remind me never to go on a trekking holiday with you in future 😀 !
    And if you are getting into plastic scale modelling kits you might want to check out Quaralane on YouTube and have a chat with him! You might recognise him.

    • Speaking of Trekking, I want to see a low budget fan production where someone is using one of these as a tricorder. 😛

      “Um, captain, the tricorder is giving us three options to cross this river. Ford it, float the wagon across, or use the ferry…”

      • I thought this handheld looked familiar! I just couldn’t put my finger on where I’d seen it before. I was thinking about the old “choose your own adventure” games on computers like the Sinclair Spectrum and Commodore 64’s where you followed compass directions and typed instructions. I always used to get to a point where it said “You have reached a river with a paddle boat, you need to get to the other side, what next?” I’d type “Get in boat and use paddle”…the computer replied, “Do not understand paddle! Please try again!” I gave up after that.

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