History VideoGame / TheOregonTrail

12th Nov '17 8:49:09 PM Nicoaln
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* StealthPun: If you went through Salt Lake City and decided to pay a visit, the background music was "Come come ye saints".



** The game provides you with many options to treat injury or illness, one of them usually being the ''very worst'' thing you could do. Go ahead. Rub some salt into that gunshot wound.

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** The game provides you with many options to treat injury or illness, one of them usually being the ''very worst'' thing you could do. Go ahead. Rub some salt into that gunshot wound. [[SarcasmMode It'll keep them from being infected]].
12th Oct '17 4:21:36 PM Usagi1992
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* AnyoneCanDie: The game. Anyone can be killed by random chance. Whether they are crushed by a wagon, drowned in a river, catch some horrible disease (cholera being the main offender, despite dysentery's memetic status, sometimes causing instant death), gored by an animal, frostbite, or shot. Hope you brought that medical book and wrote down the treatments!

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* AnyoneCanDie: The game. Game. Anyone can be killed by random chance.from RNG. Whether they are crushed by a wagon, drowned in a river, catch some horrible disease (cholera being the main offender, despite dysentery's memetic status, sometimes causing instant death), gored by an animal, frostbite, or shot. Hope you brought that medical book and wrote down the treatments!
19th Sep '17 9:41:51 AM officefan55
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** In the Third edition, however; unlike the fifth edition, you can talk to people who shall describe what happened; in fact, it is possible to have the frst persn you meet in the Third Edition explain to you what happen, too?

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** In the Third edition, however; unlike the fifth edition, you can talk to people who shall describe what happened; in fact, it is possible to have the frst persn person you meet in the Third Edition explain to you what happen, too?
11th Sep '17 6:42:28 PM OnoderaTearer
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If you went to an American public school during the late 1980s or most of the 1990s, and your classroom was fortunate enough to have a monolithic, clicking heap of machinery called an Apple II, you probably remember a little floppy-disc based game called ''The Oregon Trail''.

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If you went to an American public school during the late 1980s or most of the 1990s, and your classroom was fortunate enough to have a monolithic, clicking heap of machinery called an Apple II, UsefulNotes/AppleII, you probably remember a little floppy-disc based game called ''The Oregon Trail''.
1st Aug '17 5:45:33 PM BabClayton
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** In the Third edition, however; unlike the fifth edition, you can talk to people who shall describe what happened; in fact, it is possible to have the frst persn you meet in the Third Edition explain to you what happen, too?
17th Jul '17 6:50:41 PM bombadil211
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* AdaptationExpansion: The Mac version of the first game was significantly changed from the original, including many more options for professions and changing the hunting minigame to first-person.

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* AdaptationExpansion: The Mac version of the first game was significantly changed from the original, including many more options for professions and changing the hunting minigame to first-person. Later versions even added a reloading requirement to the hunting sections.
9th Jul '17 1:57:11 PM LentilSandEater
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->''"LITTLE JOHNNY has died of dysentery."''
-->-- '''Flavor text'''

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->''"LITTLE %%->''"LITTLE JOHNNY has died of dysentery."''
-->-- %%-->-- '''Flavor text'''
17th Jun '17 3:31:10 PM maxwellsilver
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** [[LampshadeHanging "Only Person at MECC who knows what a Gaffer does,"]]

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** [[LampshadeHanging "Only Person at MECC who knows what a Gaffer does,"]]does,"



** [[TropeName "Silly Credits Inserts."]]

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** [[TropeName "Silly Credits Inserts."]]"



-->'''Mother:''' Why doesn't [[HelloInsertNameHere [Daughter]]] ever talk to me?
-->'''Father:''' [[HelloInsertNameHere [Daughter]]] hates you, [[HelloInsertNameHere [Mother]]].

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-->'''Mother:''' Why doesn't [[HelloInsertNameHere [Daughter]]] [Daughter] ever talk to me?
-->'''Father:''' [[HelloInsertNameHere [Daughter]]] [Daughter] hates you, [[HelloInsertNameHere [Mother]]].[Mother].



* EdutainmentGame

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* %%* EdutainmentGame



* FirstPersonShooter: The hunting minigame.
** In later versions, anyway. The older editions' hunting game was more like ''VideoGame/{{Asteroids}}'' with bears, deer, and buffalo.
*** The first ever version (released for a mainframe) required you to type "bang", "wham", or "pow" quickly, with misspelled words resulting in a failed hunt.

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* FirstPersonShooter: The hunting minigame.
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minigame, in later versions, anyway. The older editions' hunting game was more like ''VideoGame/{{Asteroids}}'' with bears, deer, and buffalo.
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buffalo. The first ever version (released for a mainframe) required you to type "bang", "wham", or "pow" quickly, with misspelled words resulting in a failed hunt.



* [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace I Just Shot Jebediah In The Face]]: Later iterations add in the possibility of being injured or killed by accidental gunshots. Naturally, player skill has no effect on whether or not it can happen.

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* [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace I Just Shot Jebediah In The Face]]: IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: Later iterations add in the possibility of being injured or killed by accidental gunshots. Naturally, player skill has no effect on whether or not it can happen.



** Justified by having you select which character to use. The banker, carpenter, and farmer represent the three difficulty levels by starting funds (though the lower end may be offset by special abilities such as better oxen health, skill at wagon repairs, etc. in some ports).

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** Justified by having you select which character to use. The banker, carpenter, and farmer represent the three difficulty levels by starting funds (though the lower end may be offset by special abilities such as better oxen health, skill at wagon repairs, etc. in some ports).



*** Trail Guide, the hardest, played like Adventurer with one caveat; poor performance meant [[TheMutiny getting kicked off the train]] [[NonStandardGameOver and left behind]]. You do get paid $500 shortly into the game as a trail guide, which can be very helpful if you pick a lower paying occupation.

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*** Trail Guide, the hardest, played like Adventurer with one caveat; poor performance meant [[TheMutiny getting kicked off the train]] [[NonStandardGameOver train and left behind]].behind. You do get paid $500 shortly into the game as a trail guide, which can be very helpful if you pick a lower paying occupation.



** Combine this with TheComputerIsACheatingBastard. Good luck getting to Oregon when a thief comes in the middle of the night and ''[[ImpossibleThief steals all of your oxen]].'' Strangely, your player [[GameplayAndStorySegregation doesn't shoot him]] after the third or so attempt.

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** Combine this with TheComputerIsACheatingBastard. Good luck getting to Oregon when a thief comes in the middle of the night and ''[[ImpossibleThief steals ''steals all of your oxen]].oxen.'' Strangely, your player [[GameplayAndStorySegregation doesn't shoot him]] him after the third or so attempt.



* {{Macrogame}}

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** In-game, he's also [[InTheBlood related to]] Dr. Brogan Cavanaugh, a snake-oil salesman.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[strike: Can]] ''Will'' happen so, so many times on your way to Oregon.

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** In-game, he's also [[InTheBlood related to]] to Dr. Brogan Cavanaugh, a snake-oil salesman.
* %%* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[strike: Can]] ''Will'' happen so, so many times on your way to Oregon.



* NoPartyLikeADonnerParty: In OTII, choose Salt Lake City as your destination and then choose to continue when you get there (as most people would)--which basically means trying to make it through the freaking enormous Great Salt Lake Desert, and then crossing the Sierra Nevada. If you chose the exact same year (1847) as the Donner Party, you indeed get the exact same snowstorm they got stranded in. [[DevelopersForesight The dev team thought of everything.]]

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* NoPartyLikeADonnerParty: In OTII, choose Salt Lake City as your destination and then choose to continue when you get there (as most people would)--which would) -- which basically means trying to make it through the freaking enormous Great Salt Lake Desert, and then crossing the Sierra Nevada. If you chose the exact same year (1847) as the Donner Party, you indeed get the exact same snowstorm they got stranded in. [[DevelopersForesight The dev team thought of everything.]]



** The leader of the Donner Party shows up in a town in the iPod version, too. He gives your party food, insisting that [[TemptingFate they've got more than enough to spare]].

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** The leader of the Donner Party shows up in a town in the iPod version, too. He gives your party food, insisting that [[TemptingFate they've got more than enough to spare]].spare.



* PressXToDie: In the 3rd version, gathering plants is an option and you may be presented with some poisonous ones. By picking them, you can intentionally get your party members or animals sick. [[SubvertedTrope Sometimes, they'll get tossed instead]].

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* PressXToDie: In the 3rd version, gathering plants is an option and you may be presented with some poisonous ones. By picking them, you can intentionally get your party members or animals sick. [[SubvertedTrope Sometimes, they'll get tossed instead]].instead.



* RandomNumberGod

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* RiverOfInsanity: '''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis The. Whole. Game.]]'''

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* %%* RiverOfInsanity: '''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis The. Whole. Game.]]''''''The whole game.'''



* SpinOff: There's ''The Yukon Trail'' and ''The Amazon Trail'' mentioned above. And then, you know they want a piece of the {{Farmville}} pie when the developers put out a SpinOff that requires you to build a town, that's played pretty much the same way as Farmville including buying premium buildings with real cash. Now you can have [[RecycledINSPACE Farmville in Oregon]]!

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* SpinOff: There's ''The Yukon Trail'' and ''The Amazon Trail'' mentioned above. And then, you know they want a piece of the {{Farmville}} ''VideoGame/{{Farmville}}'' pie when the developers put out a SpinOff that requires you to build a town, that's played pretty much the same way as Farmville including buying premium buildings with real cash. Now you can have [[RecycledINSPACE Farmville in Oregon]]!Oregon!



*** And people can almost drown in ''a foot of water'' without the wagon tipping - Were they trying to do hand-stands in the middle of the bloody river?!?
* TotalPartyKill: The most common ending.

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*** And people can almost drown in ''a foot of water'' without the wagon tipping - Were they trying to do hand-stands handstands in the middle of the bloody river?!?
* %%* TotalPartyKill: The most common ending.



** And a fan-made [[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies zombie version]], VideoGame/OrganTrail.
** There's also [[ProductPlacement Crystal Pepsi's version of the game called]] [[https://www.pepsipass.com/crystal-pepsi-game The Crystal Pepsi Trail]], with some [[TheNineties 90s nostalgia]].

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** And a fan-made [[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies zombie version]], version, VideoGame/OrganTrail.
** There's also [[ProductPlacement Crystal Pepsi's version of the game called]] called [[https://www.pepsipass.com/crystal-pepsi-game The Crystal Pepsi Trail]], with some [[TheNineties 90s nostalgia]].nostalgia.



* WizardNeedsFoodBadly: Usually not a problem, given that buffalo are plentiful, huge targets, and provide more food than can be carried back to the wagon.
** Can be a problem if you're, say, trying to cross a desert without buying a crapload of water containers first. Or if you forget to vary your party's diet and they all come down with scurvy or beriberi. It's easy to have your whole party die in the desert because even though you bought the canteens, they are usually the first things to go if you tip in the river.
** Can also be a problem if you lose all your bullets or gunpowder (if you've been using a shotgun) in a river crossing/Hill tip, or food and then cross the deserts since there's only the very hard to hit pronghorns and groundsquirrels/rabbits and their population numbers are smaller.
** Can ''also'' be a problem if you forget to buy enough food in the early stages of the trail and find yourself running low in arid Western territory with few settlements and scarce wildlife. This is, of course, TruthInTelevision.

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* WizardNeedsFoodBadly: Usually not a problem, given that buffalo are plentiful, huge targets, and provide more food than can be carried back to the wagon.
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wagon. Can be a problem if you're, say, trying to cross a desert without buying a crapload of water containers first. Or if you forget to vary your party's diet and they all come down with scurvy or beriberi. It's easy to have your whole party die in the desert because even though you bought the canteens, they are usually the first things to go if you tip in the river.
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river. Can also be a problem if you lose all your bullets or gunpowder (if you've been using a shotgun) in a river crossing/Hill tip, or food and then cross the deserts since there's only the very hard to hit pronghorns and groundsquirrels/rabbits ground squirrels/rabbits and their population numbers are smaller.
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smaller. Can ''also'' be a problem if you forget to buy enough food in the early stages of the trail and find yourself running low in arid Western territory with few settlements and scarce wildlife. This is, of course, TruthInTelevision.



** Got snakebite? [[SarcasmMode Just run some laps, you'll be fine.]]

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** Got snakebite? [[SarcasmMode Just run some laps, you'll be fine.]]
17th Jun '17 3:12:23 PM maxwellsilver
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* AdamSmithHatesYourGuts: Prices go up the farther along the trail you go. One of the people you talk to in the first game lampshades this.

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* AdamSmithHatesYourGuts: Prices go up the farther along the trail you go. One of the people you talk to in the first game lampshades discusses this.
17th Jun '17 2:26:27 PM maxwellsilver
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[[caption-width-right:250:[[SuperDrowningSkills It's 83 miles to Big Blue River.]] [[EatTheDog We got a full team of oxen,]] [[MoreDakka half a box of bullets,]] [[TheWildWest it's 1848,]] [[AwesomeAnachronisticApparel and we're wearing sunglasses.]] [[Film/TheBluesBrothers Hit it.]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:250:[[SuperDrowningSkills It's [[caption-width-right:250:It's 83 miles to Big Blue River.]] [[EatTheDog River. We got a full team of oxen,]] [[MoreDakka oxen, half a box of bullets,]] [[TheWildWest bullets, it's 1848,]] [[AwesomeAnachronisticApparel 1848, and we're wearing sunglasses.]] sunglasses. [[Film/TheBluesBrothers Hit it.]]]]



->''"LITTLE JOHNNY [[MemeticMutation has died of dysentery]]."''

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->''"LITTLE JOHNNY [[MemeticMutation has died of dysentery]].dysentery."''



If you went to an American public school during the late [[TheEighties 1980s]] or most of the [[TheNineties 1990s]], and your classroom was fortunate enough to have a monolithic, clicking heap of machinery called an Apple II, you probably remember a little floppy-disc based game called ''The Oregon Trail''.

If you don't, the premise of this EdutainmentGame, designed by three student teachers for their history class, is to lead your family across [[TheWildWest the American frontier of the mid-19th century]] to reach the promised land, [[TheOtherRainforest or Oregon]]. The game was originally created by Don Rawitsch, Bill Heinemann, and Paul Dillenberger, with the first version appearing back in 1971. Rawitch later got hired by the Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium. He used his new position to create an improved version of the game in 1974. It later became available in the organization's time-sharing network, where it could be accessed by schools across Minnesota. Further improvements, updates, sequels, etc, have continued appearing over the decades.

The game would start in Independence, Missouri, where the player could select from professions such as carpenter or doctor, which provided bonuses such as improved health or repairs, before purchasing provisions and heading west. On the [[DoomedExpedition long adventure that followed, the player would learn how to manage dwindling supplies]], decide whether or not to ford rivers or caulk the wagon and try and float across (paying the ferry was for suckers), manage wagon breakdowns, deal with rattlesnake bites, help rid the West of the buffalo scourge, press SPACE BAR to continue, and lose at least three family members to dysentery. After [[HopeSpot finally arriving at Oregon]], players would abruptly have to [[ThatOneLevel steer their wagon]] down a river, dodging [[InevitableWaterfall rocks and rapids]], before reaching [[EarnYourHappyEnding Willamette Valley]] and the [[AWinnerIsYou end of the game]]. There was an option to take a toll road and skip the river-riding segment, but again, for suckers.

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If you went to an American public school during the late [[TheEighties 1980s]] 1980s or most of the [[TheNineties 1990s]], 1990s, and your classroom was fortunate enough to have a monolithic, clicking heap of machinery called an Apple II, you probably remember a little floppy-disc based game called ''The Oregon Trail''.

If you don't, the premise of this EdutainmentGame, designed by three student teachers for their history class, is to lead your family across [[TheWildWest the American frontier of the mid-19th century]] century to reach the promised land, [[TheOtherRainforest or Oregon]].Oregon. The game was originally created by Don Rawitsch, Bill Heinemann, and Paul Dillenberger, with the first version appearing back in 1971. Rawitch later got hired by the Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium. He used his new position to create an improved version of the game in 1974. It later became available in the organization's time-sharing network, where it could be accessed by schools across Minnesota. Further improvements, updates, sequels, etc, have continued appearing over the decades.

The game would start in Independence, Missouri, where the player could select from professions such as carpenter or doctor, which provided bonuses such as improved health or repairs, before purchasing provisions and heading west. On the [[DoomedExpedition long adventure that followed, the player would learn how to manage dwindling supplies]], supplies, decide whether or not to ford rivers or caulk the wagon and try and float across (paying the ferry was for suckers), manage wagon breakdowns, deal with rattlesnake bites, help rid the West of the buffalo scourge, press SPACE BAR to continue, and lose at least three family members to dysentery. After [[HopeSpot finally arriving at Oregon]], Oregon, players would abruptly have to [[ThatOneLevel steer their wagon]] wagon down a river, dodging [[InevitableWaterfall rocks and rapids]], rapids, before reaching [[EarnYourHappyEnding Willamette Valley]] Valley and the [[AWinnerIsYou end of the game]].game. There was an option to take a toll road and skip the river-riding segment, but again, for suckers.



''The Oregon Trail'' was successful enough to spawn four sequels (and that's without counting the text-based version that preceded the beloved Apple II version) and a number of spinoffs, such as ''VideoGame/TheAmazonTrail'' (which had a rather bizarre plotline involving a lot of TimeTravel), ''The Yukon Trail'' ({{recycled IN|SPACE}} {{C|anadaEh}}ANADA!), and ''Thule Trail'' ([[RecycledINSPACE recycled IN A ROAD TRIP FROM CHICAGO TO LOS ANGELES USING A THULE™ BAGGAGE RACK!]]). It remains a cultural icon and a gaming classic which helped raise American dysentery awareness significantly.

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''The Oregon Trail'' was successful enough to spawn four sequels (and that's without counting the text-based version that preceded the beloved Apple II version) and a number of spinoffs, such as ''VideoGame/TheAmazonTrail'' (which had a rather bizarre plotline involving a lot of TimeTravel), ''The Yukon Trail'' ({{recycled IN|SPACE}} {{C|anadaEh}}ANADA!), (recycled IN CANADA!), and ''Thule Trail'' ([[RecycledINSPACE recycled (recycled IN A ROAD TRIP FROM CHICAGO TO LOS ANGELES USING A THULE™ BAGGAGE RACK!]]).RACK!). It remains a cultural icon and a gaming classic which helped raise American dysentery awareness significantly.
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