Revisiting the Oregon Trail in Your Web Browser

Game-Based Learning

Revisiting the Oregon Trail in Your Web Browser

Jan 7, 2015

STUDENT ATHLETES: Oregon Trail's dysentery endgame has long been a running meme in the educational gaming community. But if you missed that wagon--or happen to be born after the mid-90's--don't fear: you can now relive the unforgettable journey in your browser thanks to the Internet Archive. The online library now carries more than 2,300 of the most popular games from the MS-DOS days, including Donkey Kong, Indiana Jones and another educational classic, Carmen Sandiego.

And while you're learning about perils of crossing the Sierra Nevada, why not hone your "college readiness" skills as well? With the rise of the lucrative competitive gaming industry, two colleges are offering athletic scholarship to "e-sports" competitors. Just watch out for that pesky dysentery.

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