Oregon Fail

This post about those born in the late 70s/early 80s recently made rounds on social media. It is a pleasant read and most of it was dead-on accurate for me… and apparently for many others, given how many times it showed up on my news feed.

But here’s the thing: I was born in the very early 80’s and I’ve never played Oregon Trail. Never. Not once. Totally could have since it was on all the school computers, pretty much all of my friends played it, and I have always loved learning and reading about pioneer life (fiction and non-fiction), BUT I never had an iota of desire to play the game.

So… there ya go.

Any other early-80s babies out there manage to dodge the collective Oregon Trail phase of our youth?

3 thoughts on “Oregon Fail

  1. Not even close! I must have played hundreds of hours. It was like stepping into history, and it was just immersive. I loved it. It sparked a whole phase of interest for me as I went from the computer (after my 15-minute turn on the library computer in Anderson, Indiana) straight to the section with all the books on the history of the times of the American westward push and manifest destiny. I feel like Oregon Trail really made an impression on me and helped me see where America came from, and now, where America is going.


  2. I liked the post. It felt like it was charged with that same angst of being completely misunderstood that I used to experience–and still do from time to time. Some good thoughts about our generation, our unique experience especially in regards to the advent of social media. Today, something my father-in-law and I both agreed on was the fact that we much prefer the actual *Book* of Discipline that you have to buy from Cokesbury to the digital version that is free online. You can’t thumb through the pages of a digital book… Yet, I did use at least half-a-dozen digital books for my final paper in grad school. It’s definitely food for thought.


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