In 1971, Don Rawitsch and two friends invented the Oregon Trail computer game because Rawitsch was training to be a teacher and wanted a fun way to teach students about American history (and the nightmarish ways pioneers died). He brought that college project to the Minnesota Educational Computing Corporation where it blossomed into the popular game we know and love. In answering redditors' questions, Rawitsch taught us more fun facts about this childhood favorite.

 

1. Redditors had to get the most important question out of the way:

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2. Oregon Trail DLC?

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3. Oregon Trail taught us how to properly ford rivers and grieve loved ones

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4. The "rosebud;:" before "rosebud;:"

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5. Let's talk strategy

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6. Ugh PLEBS

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7. What'd you eat? Liver? 

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8. He has good taste

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9. A B in typing but an A+ in keeping your family alive 

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10. What a delightful easter egg!

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 11. Back to what's important

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