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The Flame In The Flood Meets Kickstarter Goal

Briefly: Remember The Flame in the Flood, that neat Kickstarter project by some ex-BioShock developers that looks like an arty version of Oregon Trail? Well, it met its $US150,000 fundraising goal in a week. Now, as always, we just have to play the waiting game…

Ex-BioShock Developers Are Making An Arty Version Of Oregon Trail

We’ve all heard the story many times now: talented game developers leave their corporate jobs to strike out on their own, turning to Kickstarter in the process. So what makes The Flame in the Flood stand out? Something about BioShock’s art director making a modern fancified version of The Oregon Trail, if you ask me.

John Marston Died On The Oregon Trail

The Oregon Trail is a game with a blunt message: you will all die. Repeatedly. Educational, perhaps, but also bleak. It could do with a little lightening up.

Can You Spot All The Gaming References In Today's Expansive XKCD Comic?

Today’s xkcd comic is… huge. Enormous. Seriously, the thing goes on for pages. It must have taken creator Randall Munroe forever to draw it all out.

Organ Trail Adds Zombies To That One Educational Game Where You Could Get Sick And Die

Ryan Wiemeyer gets asked the same question all the time, so basically before you can ask it, he’s answering it: Yes, you can die from dysentery in Organ Trail, his indie team’s zombie version of the classic old-school educational game Oregon Trail.

Where Are They Now? Diseases That Killed You In Oregon Trail

You have died of dysentery.

These are five words familiar to anyone who has attempted to caulk a wagon and ford rivers en route to the Willamette Valley. Oregon Trail not only taught generations of kids about Western migration in 19th-century America, it also familiarised them with various strange-sounding diseases. Let’s catch up with some of those diseases and find out if they’re just as nasty today.

Oregon Trail Copyright Owners Sue Frontierville Maker

The May 30 launch of an “Oregon Trail” expansion pack in the popular Facebook game Frontierville has caught notice of the company holding the copyright to the edutainment classic, and it has sued to put a stop to the plans of Frontierville maker Zynga.

Nine Names For Your Oregon Trail Family

Emily Weiss has a list of surname possibilities next time you’re playing the American educational classic. ‘Somebody has cholera’ does indeed add a new element to the intrigue. [The Hairpin]

At The Intersection Of The Oregon Trail And L.A.

An unwise choice, but something tells me all the numbers end with dysentery. Humorous sign posted on a Los Angeles street corner. As seen on Pleated Jeans.

Now That's Appetizing

Going away present for a family member moving to Oregon. Presumably no rivers need fording. Seen via Reddit.

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