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72 Scenes from the Portland Retro Gaming Expo, 2012

On September 30, I spent a geektastic day at the Portland Retro Gaming Expo. I arrived early and got a look at many booths before they opened (later, they would be swarmed by thousands of attendees). For much of the day I was one of several referees for the Classic Tetris World Championship. [...]

10 Memorable Quotes from Video Game History

Just like movie buffs and bookworms, avid gamers have favorite memorable quotes that only others with shared interests will recognize. And though I disagree that number one on this list is more memorable than number five (“You have died of dysentery,” from Oregon Trail), it is a good cross-section of notable gaming quotables. (Bonus points [...]

Oregon Trail Diseases: Where Are They Now?

If you grew up playing the game Oregon Trail, you know how easy it is to die along the way, from dysentery, cholera, diphtheria, typhoid, or the measles. Hey, at least you learned about the diseases, right? Mental_floss takes a look at how bad those diseases really were at the time the West was being [...]

Monopoly the Movie

(Video Link) The comedy troupe Half Day Today, which made the very funny trailer for an Oregon Trail movie, now envisions the board game Monopoly as a fast-paced thriller similar to The Devil’s Advocate. It just might work as a real movie. via Nerd Bastards | Troupe Website

Oregon Trail Street Sign

Excuse me, did the Oregon Trail really go through Los Angeles? Jeff Wysaski of Pleated-Pants created this thought-provoking street poster. Link -Thanks, Jeff!

The History of the History Game Oregon Trail

Can you believe it? The game Oregon Trail will turn forty years old in 2011! The first version was a little different from what you may remember: With no monitor, the original version of Oregon Trail was played by answering prompts that printed out on a roll of paper. At 10 characters per second, the teletype [...]

How the Oregon Trail (Computer Game) Was Formed

The mere mention of the game Oregon Trail is enough to send most anyone that grew up in the last four decades into a fit of nostalgic glee. If you’re one of those giddy fans of the 1800’s-themed computer simulation game, you’ll definitely want to check out the City Pages profile on how the game [...]