See what the popular media is saying about The Oregon Trail game! Check below for links to videos and text articles located on other websites. Any link you choose will open up in a new window.
This 23-minute video explores the creation of the original 1970s version of The Oregon Trail game. The extensive interviews with the three creators of that first version – Don Rawitsch, Bill Heinemann, and Paul Dillenberger – are especially fascinating.
The full name of this video is "Things in the Oregon Trail Game You Only Notice as an Adult". The video provides an insightful analysis of several subtle educational details that were incorporated into the 1985 Apple II version of the game.
This video by the Gaming Historian examines the Apple II version of The Oregon Trail, then compares the game with actual American History. The conclusion is that the game does an excellent job of presenting a realistic experience.
This video features young adults who were kids in the 1990s, attempting to play a 1990 DOS version of the game (a direct copy of the Apple II version). The players have mixed results and reactions, but they are intrigued enough to play again!
In a YouTube video, "The Bearded Nerd" (Ben Hardy) traces the history of The Oregon Trail game from its earliest beginnings to the release of Oregon Trail II more than 20 years later. The video also summarizes the history of MECC, the game's publisher.
This short YouTube video pretends to be the "official trailer" for a film based on the famous educational game – but in fact it is a hilarious spoof of the game, putting a comic twist on the best-known memes from the product. Prepare for a good laugh!
This article by Philip Bouchard presents a detailed history of the creation of The Oregon Trail, starting with the original text-only version from 1971, then explaining how a team at MECC created the classic 1985 Apple II version of the game.
Matt Smith reviews the 50-year history of the Oregon Trail game, from it origins as a text-only game in 1971 to the latest iteration in 2021. This story appeared in Kotaku magazine, an online publication dedicated to gaming reviews, news, and tips.
This profile of Philip Bouchard appeared in Alcalde, the alumni magazine of the University of Texas at Austin. The main focus of the story is the creation of the Apple II version of The Oregon Trail in 1985, along with an explanation of how Bouchard became associated with the project.
This thoughtful article about The Oregon Trail game appeared in Outside magazine. The author, Nina St. Pierre, sees the game as having many strengths, but also some weaknesses. She ties her story into details of American history, along with her own story of growing up playing the game..
This profile of Philip Bouchard appeared in UGA Today, a University of Georgia publication. After opening with a photo of the core team from 1984-85, the story explains how this team used the inspiration provided by the original 1971 version to create a new version that spread across the country.