"Oregon Trail" Inducted into Video Game Hall of Fame
“Oregon Trail,” a game infamous among elementary schools and their students, has been inducted into the video game hall of fame via the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. It was honored along with “The Legend of Zelda,” “Space Invaders,” and “Grand Theft Auto III.” The game was first announced as a finalist in late March.
Developed by Don Rawitsch, Bill Heinemann, and Paul Dillenberger, “Oregon Trail” was originally released as a simulation game on December 3, 1971. It was later produced by the Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium in 1974. As time continues, it has been reproduced many times with higher quality graphic and more user-friendly interfaces, and has also spawned several copycats, and even an app: “Oregon Trail: The Settlement.”
Wednesday’s announcement was the second of its kind, continuing on from 2015. Last year’s winners included “Super Mario Bros.,” “Tetris,” and “World of Warcraft.”
The Strong National Museum is accepting nominations for its 2017 induction.
The splash screen of the Oregon Trail app. Courtesy to MethodShop on Flickr