Oregon Trail on Facebook survives dysentery in pioneering new game

The Oregon Trail in action
The Oregon Trail in action

Just about everyone who attended grade school in either the '80s or '90s remembers the infamous phrase, "You died of dysentery." In fact, this has become an Internet meme over the years and harkens back to one of the only games that schools would allow for its educational value, The Oregon Trail. Luckily, it was one of the greatest adventure games of the time.

Waltham, Mass.-based Blue Fang Games has partnered with publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's The Learning Company to revive the text-laden, pioneering spirit of the original on Facebook. And after getting a sneak preview of the game, I cannot wait until computer class-er, to try it out when it goes live today.