I am somewhat in awe of the nostalgic popularity of the game Oregon Trail. Why did this game become so embedded in the cultural psyche of several generations in the US?
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Because it was a video game that we got to play in school. It was installed on every machine in every computer lab I set foot in from second grade on through 8th grade, in some iteration or another, and that experience seems to have been mirrored by everyone else I've spoken to about the game.
For a lot of us, getting to play Oregon Trail was the highlight of the school day for years.