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I'm guessing the difference is "high school biology." If you'd been a high school history or computer teacher, you probably would've. It was hugely popular in the late 80s, early 90s with elementary and middle school kids. High schoolers being introduced to computers at that same time were introduced at a different level than Oregon Trail offered, and it was something that kids didn't realise at the time was a widespread cultural phenomenon. It wasn't until those kids got to college and went, "My first time on a computer-" "Woah, you too?"
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I am aware of the Oregon Trail, but not the computer simulation mentioned here. Must be it never got east where I was. Our first computer was a Wang and it stored information on a cassette. Apple came in soon after and we had 2E's for our school. The one simulation I recall then was "Lemonade Stand". We got into BASIC language and made up little programs for our labs, but nothing as complicated.
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I'm not surprised, given that your youth was just before the computer era and your career had nothing to do with the oregon trail - why would you have heard of it, unless you had kids that told you about it (which apparently, did not happen)
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