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It was designed to teach students about the realities of 19th-century pioneer life on the Oregon Trail. In the game, the player assumes the role of a wagon leader guiding a party of settlers from Independence, Missouri , to Oregon 's Willamette Valley via a covered wagon in Philip Bouchard, who also served as the principal designer. It was loosely based on an earlier text-based game also named The Oregon Trail , originally developed by Don Rawitsch, Bill Heinemann, and Paul Dillenberger in and released on the MECC timeshare system in ,  followed by similar versions for Apple, Atari, Commodore, and Radio Shack computers from to The version is the first graphical and the most well known entry in the Oregon Trail series , and was released in multiple editions between and for several platforms, including Apple II, DOS , and Macintosh computers.
Games in the series have since been released in many editions by various developers and publishers, many titled The Oregon Trail. The multiple games in the series are often considered to be iterations on the same title, and have collectively sold over 65 million copies and have been inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame.
The player can choose to be a banker from Boston, a carpenter from Ohio, or a farmer from Illinois. Each profile starts with a specified amount of money to spend at the supply store the banker has the most, the farmer the least , before beginning their journey. After the player sets off from Independence, Missouri , there are several landmarks along the trail where players can make decisions, shop for supplies or rest.
Players can purchase supplies such as oxen to pull the wagon, food to feed their party, clothing to keep their party warm, ammunition for hunting, and spare parts for the wagon.
An important aspect of the game was the ability to hunt. Using guns and bullets bought over the course of play, players select the hunt option 8 and hunt wild animals to add to their food reserves.
In the original version, players controlled the wagon leader who could aim a rifle in one of eight directions and fire single shots at animals. While the player can shoot as many wild games as they have bullets, only pounds of meat can be carried back to the wagon at once in early versions of the game. In later versions, as long as there were at least two living members of the wagon party, pounds could be carried back.
Some versions also allow the player to go fishing. Throughout the course of the game, members of the player's party can fall ill and not rest, which causes further harm to the victim. The party can die from various causes and diseases, such as measles , snakebite , exhaustion , typhoid , cholera , and dysentery ,  as well as from drowning or accidental gunshot wounds. The player's oxen are also subject to injury and death.
At the conclusion of the journey, a player's score is determined in two stages. In the first stage, the program awards a "raw" or the unscaled number of points for each remaining family member weighted by party health , each remaining possession weighted by type , and remaining cash on hand one point per dollar.
In , Don Rawitsch, a history major and senior at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota , taught an 8th grade history class at Bryant Junior High as a student teacher. In , Rawitch was hired by the Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium MECC , a state-funded organization that developed educational software for the classroom, and he began to rebuild the game, still using text-based output, for the organization.
He decided to research the events of the Oregon Trail that he had not had time for with the original game, and changed the random events, such as bad weather or wagons breaking down, to be based on the actual historical probabilities for what happened to travelers on the trail at each location in the game. Rawitsch calculated the probabilities himself, basing them on historical diaries and narratives of people on the trail that he read.
The game became one of the network's most popular programs, with thousands of players monthly. After Rawitsch published the BASIC language program code for the game in Creative Computing magazine in ,  volunteers adapted the source code to run on various timeshare computers and newly invented personal computers. Philip Bouchard and a small team to make a graphical version for the Apple II computer. The new version was to be released as a standalone game and appealed to the home market instead of the school market.
The team consisted of lead designer Philip Bouchard, lead programmer John Krenz, lead artist Charolyn Kapplinger, Shirley Kieran on research, and Bob Granvin for additional programming. Bouchard was told the new version had to be an expansion on the original game, not only an update to the graphics. The new version was designed to be more accurate to the real Oregon Trail and for the game to have better "replayability". Over the course of the development, 21 innovations  were made from the original:.
The development time of the new version lasted 10 months, from October to the end of July The game was released in autumn The GUI-based version includes redesigned interfaces, improved graphics featuring color elements. Other changes include:. It was initially a Target exclusive, but in , it has been seen in other retail stores such as Walmart.
The Oregon Trail was extremely successful, selling over 65 million copies,  after ten iterations over forty years. The video game has been described as an identifying experience for these cuspers , typically described as those born during the late s to early s. Even now, there remains a constant pressure to revive the series, so that nostalgic Generation Xers and Millennials can amble westward with a dysentery -riddled party once again.
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