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The story behind Oregon Trail

The story behind the classic game, Oregon Trail.
posted by agregoli on Aug 1, 2013 - 42 comments

The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World

Spanning one-ninth of the earth's circumference across three continents, the Roman Empire ruled a quarter of humanity through complex networks of political power, military domination and economic exchange. These extensive connections were sustained by premodern transportation and communication technologies that relied on energy generated by human and animal bodies, winds, and currents. Conventional maps that represent this world as it appears from space signally fail to capture the severe environmental constraints that governed the flows of people, goods and information. Cost, rather than distance, is the principal determinant of connectivity. For the first time, ORBIS allows us to express Roman communication costs in terms of both time and expense. By simulating movement along the principal routes of the Roman road network, the main navigable rivers, and hundreds of sea routes in the Mediterranean, Black Sea and coastal Atlantic, this interactive model reconstructs the duration and financial cost of travel in antiquity.
posted by Blasdelb on May 11, 2012 - 57 comments

Date: March 2, 2011 - Weather: Cold - Health: Good - Food: 839 pounds - Music: Awesome

Annie & Mac are a talented, independent duo from Virginia that have created one of the largest repositories of Old-Time music on their Youtube channel. Songs include The Falls of Richmond, Sandy Boys, Arkansas Traveler, the Crawdad Song, and The Eighth of January.
posted by lemuring on Mar 2, 2011 - 4 comments

Fording the River

The Origins of Oregon Trail
posted by JustKeepSwimming on Jan 19, 2011 - 57 comments

Zombie activity: High

"Organ Trail was an edutainment game developed in 1971. Schools across America used this game as a teaching tool to prepare children for the impending zombie apocolypse and dysentery."
posted by brundlefly on Oct 29, 2010 - 80 comments

You Have Died of Dysentery

"I'll take four oxen and all the bullets $1600 will get me": The Oregon Trail Official Trailer. [SLYT]
posted by Jacqueline on Aug 3, 2010 - 40 comments

Get over here!

Mortal Kombat vs. Donkey Kong, Mortal Kombat vs. Oregon Trail, Grand Theft Auto vs. Frogger, Contra vs. Duck Hunt, Sonic vs. Pac Man, and R-Type vs. Space Invaders.
posted by MaryDellamorte on Jul 15, 2010 - 30 comments

You've got dysentery!

The Top 10 Most Influential Educational Video Games from the 1980s. (via)
posted by lunit on Oct 17, 2008 - 78 comments

At least you won't die of dysentery in this one.

Thule Trail is a cute modern remake of The Oregon Trail.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Sep 25, 2007 - 17 comments

Apple II madness!

1,100 Apple II games you can play online. If you are too overwhelmed by your memories to know what to play, some playable classics: Oregon Trail*, Ultima IV*, Archon*, Captain Goodnight and the Islands of Fear*, Drol*, Wings of Fury*, Choplifter *, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?* and Taipan*. Or you can play the first game mod in history: Castle Smurfenstein, a modification of the 1983 original Castle Wolfenstein. What did I miss? [Young whippersnappers can click the asterisks to find out why the game was important. Use the left and right alt keys for joystick buttons, the other instructions are on the site. Emulator only works with IE, sorry. See also this.]
posted by blahblahblah on Aug 29, 2006 - 98 comments

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