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Athens News Matters: Educational Computer Game - Oregon Trail - Designer Discusses the 1985 Reboot


Millions of American kids who went to school in the 1980s and 1990s might remember dealing with buying supplies, hunting squirrels, and the ever-looming threat of dysentery in the educational computer game Oregon Trail. The original game was invented in 1971, but it really hit its stride as a cultural touchstone following a 1985 reboot. We talk to one of the designers of that reboot.

Martin Matheny is WUGA's Program Director and a host and producer of our local news program 'Athens News Matters.' He started at WUGA in 2012 as a part-time classical music host and still hosts WUGA's longest-running local program 'Night Music' which is heard on WUGA and GPB Classical. He lives in Normaltown with his wife, Shaye and dog, Murphy.