0623: "Oregon"

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0623: "Oregon"

Postby indiekid97 » Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:00 am UTC

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Link: http://www.xkcd.com/623

Alt-Text: "A century later, the harrowing flight of the survivors of Oregon was dramatized in a popular video game.

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Re: "Oregon"

Postby Zorlin » Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:01 am UTC

indiekid97 wrote:Image


Link: http://www.xkcd.com/623

Alt-Text: "A century later, the harrowing flight of the survivors of Oregon was dramatized in a popular video game.

I declare this to be the first.

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Re: "Oregon" Discussion

Postby dasada122 » Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:03 am UTC

That. Was. Good.
The best in some time.

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Re: "Oregon" Discussion

Postby glasnt » Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:04 am UTC

That horse pulling the cart is really fat. Either that, or it's actually a donkey.

And I didn't know The Oregon Trail was actually released in 1952. That would be pretty cool to play on a babbage machine.

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Re: "Oregon" Discussion

Postby Dr. Scientist » Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:06 am UTC

Nothing about fording the river? Oh well, I still found it hilarious.

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Re: "Oregon" Discussion

Postby Lawrensaurus » Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:08 am UTC

I would always shoot around 500lbs. of meat, but for some reason, would only be able to carry back around 350lbs.

You'd think I could just move the wagons TO the meat, but noooo.

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Re: "Oregon" Discussion

Postby Moz » Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:11 am UTC

Never ford the river. Always take the ferry.

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Re: "Oregon" Discussion

Postby Eternal Density » Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:15 am UTC

haha, nice one.
Sorta like how half-life documented the events after the lhc went to full power...
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Re: "Oregon" Discussion

Postby joee » Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:15 am UTC

I do not understand this comic. Someone explain it to me?

Also, hi glasnt ;)
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Re: "Oregon" Discussion

Postby laserphaser » Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:17 am UTC

Let's just say you have died of dysentery.

Also, this reminds me of Pandemic 2 in a way. Must be all the deaths.
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Postby Linux0s » Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:18 am UTC

I think I saw this on the Discovery Channel.
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Re: "Oregon" Discussion

Postby includemaliciousintent » Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:19 am UTC

Oregon Trail is why I have an Apple II emulator on my computer. Just incase I get nostalgic.
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Postby Steve the Pocket » Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:25 am UTC

I didn't get the joke until I read the alt-text mouseover text. :slow:
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Re: "Oregon" Discussion

Postby westrim » Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:25 am UTC

joee wrote:I do not understand this comic. Someone explain it to me?

Also, hi glasnt ;)


:shock: "Shakes head" You poor soul. I grieve for your childhood.

Oregon trail was one of the best edutainment games of it's time. Even 10 years after its release, it was still used in my school, if only for fun, not learning. Here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Oregon ... video_game)

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Re: "Oregon" Discussion

Postby Kalathalan » Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:26 am UTC

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Re: "Oregon" Discussion

Postby westrim » Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:29 am UTC

laserphaser wrote:Let's just say you have died of dysentery.

Also, this reminds me of Pandemic 2 in a way. Must be all the deaths.

Rhode Island has closed it's port. :D

glasnt wrote:That horse pulling the cart is really fat. Either that, or it's actually a donkey.

And I didn't know The Oregon Trail was actually released in 1952. That would be pretty cool to play on a babbage machine.


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Re: "Oregon" Discussion

Postby thanksbastards » Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:31 am UTC

how old do you need to be to have grown up w/ the oregon trail? I am 21 and my friends al lclaim to remember it, but I never actually played. saw it played, but not me myself. I however do recall an awesome X-wing star wars game, all wireframe and excellent, which I am apparently the only person who ever played. That and that tank game and super violent animated chess. you know, with the queen with an anvil in her purse?

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Re: "Oregon" Discussion

Postby Achmos » Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:35 am UTC

As soon as I read "all mammals larger than squirrels wiped out by overhunting" I realized the what the comic was about. :)

I want to play Oregon Trail again, just so I can kill a squirrel. :P
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Re: "Oregon" Discussion

Postby scwizard » Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:37 am UTC

I'm 19 and I grew up with this game as well.

I think I played it on an apple II or something, but my memory is a bit fuzzy.

EDIT: nm I'm thinking of a later Oregon trail, that I played on windows 95 or something.
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Re: "Oregon" Discussion

Postby Kizyr » Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:39 am UTC

Oh man. This was my favorite game.

I have a few GIFs I put together way back to commemorate it:
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Re: "Oregon" Discussion

Postby WraithSama » Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:55 am UTC

Ah, glorious Oregon Trail.

The only true way to play that game was to start off as a banker for the extra cash, then spend it all to turn your wagon train into a rolling ammunition emporium. It was always fun to go hunting and bag well over 2,500 pounds of meat even though you could only take 200 of it. I liked to imagine the settlers following behind finding over a ton of rotting meat piled up every few days with no game in sight to hunt.

And don't even get me started with the maladies, the venerable trail lined with bodies of diseased daughters.
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Postby razor » Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:57 am UTC

I live in Oregon, and have played the game, so I really liked this one.
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Re: "Oregon" Discussion

Postby SunDawg » Fri Aug 14, 2009 5:02 am UTC

I never played THE ORIGINAL Oregon Trail, but I played a later version (probably called Oregon Trail II).
I was really young and I didn't understand the economical parts of the game; I would always blow all my cash on bacon and ammuntion right from the start.
I never made it to Oregon for years.

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Re: "Oregon" Discussion

Postby valsala » Fri Aug 14, 2009 5:09 am UTC

we had Oregon trail at high school
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Re: "Oregon" Discussion

Postby Eversist » Fri Aug 14, 2009 5:12 am UTC

glasnt wrote:That horse pulling the cart is really fat. Either that, or it's actually a donkey.


It's an ox, dorkface. Oxen pulled your cart. Didn't you place the game? :x
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Re: "Oregon" Discussion

Postby Raptor Jesus » Fri Aug 14, 2009 5:13 am UTC

I'm 15, and automatically got it and laughed, but I never really played the game sadly
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Re: "Oregon" Discussion

Postby Kow » Fri Aug 14, 2009 5:13 am UTC

I still dont get it.

Like, I get all the epidemic references and the children + adolescents but that's it. Did I miss something big?
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Re: "Oregon" Discussion

Postby Lawrensaurus » Fri Aug 14, 2009 5:18 am UTC

Moz wrote:Never ford the river. Always take the ferry.

Never take the ferry. Always caulk the wagon and float.

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Re: "Oregon" Discussion

Postby lulzfish » Fri Aug 14, 2009 5:20 am UTC

I played the Windows 95 version with like 256 psychedelic colors at once and even some pictures of people's faces.

But I didn't get the part about a video game where you fleed )from( Oregon.
I feel like I missed that last half of the joke.

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Re: "Oregon" Discussion

Postby Luminary » Fri Aug 14, 2009 5:21 am UTC

Ha I loved this game.

Hey does anyone remember that Rocket ship game where you could choose one of like 8 nose cones, shafts, fins and engines and you had to try and launch your rocket the highest?

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Re: "Oregon" Discussion

Postby pgn674 » Fri Aug 14, 2009 5:22 am UTC

thanksbastards wrote:I however do recall an awesome X-wing star wars game, all wireframe and excellent, which I am apparently the only person who ever played. That and that tank game and super violent animated chess. you know, with the queen with an anvil in her purse?
Oh man, I remember those. The X-Wing game was just called X-Wing. I remember I kept getting into an A-Wing, and setting the thruster on max, just to see how far I could get. That chess game was the first times I ever saw chess. I had no idea what was going on, and it took me a while to figure out that when you move your own guy onto the enemy's guy, your guy always wins the ensuing violent battle. I'm not sure which tank game you're talking about. Do you mean Bang-Bang, then canon game that Worms World Party takes after?

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Re: "Oregon" Discussion

Postby Max2009 » Fri Aug 14, 2009 5:34 am UTC

I'm 24 and I grew up with this game. We had it on an old 386, running DOS. In fact, I remember the day my father came home with a stack of diskettes telling me he got a new program. Something called Windows 3.1. It wasn't an operating system, just some cool program with other programs in it.

Anyway, I digress. I really loved Oregon Trail, and I also enjoyed killing every moving thing in sight and leaving vast tracks of carnage.
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Re: "Oregon" Discussion

Postby The Scyphozoa » Fri Aug 14, 2009 5:41 am UTC

Didn't get it until I read the Alt-text, then it was hilarious. I never played it, I might just be old enough to have had it but I never did.
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Re: "Oregon" Discussion

Postby Jahoclave » Fri Aug 14, 2009 5:42 am UTC

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Oregon Trail, I could have gone fucking pro at that game. When I rolled into Oregon, I had spinners on my wheels.

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Re: "Oregon" Discussion

Postby philsov » Fri Aug 14, 2009 5:43 am UTC

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Re: "Oregon" Discussion

Postby Jahoclave » Fri Aug 14, 2009 5:47 am UTC

philsov wrote:Here lies:

Pepperoni and cheese.

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Re: "Oregon" Discussion

Postby WXsniper » Fri Aug 14, 2009 5:54 am UTC

This comic brings back some old memories that I had sadly forgotten, but luckily remembered when I first started reading it.
Now I've got to find my copy of it, and replay it... soon.

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Re: "Oregon" Discussion

Postby tommclaughlan » Fri Aug 14, 2009 5:57 am UTC

Noone corrected that Oregon Trail was actually developed in '71?

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Re: "Oregon" Discussion

Postby zaqwithaq » Fri Aug 14, 2009 6:05 am UTC

i must post just to say get out of my...body?
we're on a family vacation to Oregon and last week during music camp, we had daily skits parodying the Oregon Trail.
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Re: "Oregon" Discussion

Postby laserphaser » Fri Aug 14, 2009 6:10 am UTC

Dysentery is misspelled, oh noes!


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