People used to risk their virtual lives along the Oregon Trail, facing wild bears, broken axles, starvation and the ever present threat of dysentery, all so the survivors of the trip could live a better life.
But now it's easy to move to Oregon and live the good life, and instead of risking death by dysentery gamers can risk death by kombucha overdose in Travel Oregon: The Game.
The semi-independent Oregon tourism group Travel Oregon created their homage to Oregon Trail as a way to engage potential visitors and show off all the amazing culinary adventures found in Oregon:
"The impetus for creating the game was to help educate folks about the range of winter activities in Oregon," Katie Meeker, Travel Oregon's Global Marketing Manager, told MUNCHIES over phone Monday. "We wanted to try to find a way to do that in an engaging way."
Travel Oregon: The Game comes with a pretty robust food and drink component, which is pretty cardinal to the real-life experience of Oregon as a tourist. "Portland's known for its food and drink," Meeker told MUNCHIES. "In terms of thinking about what makes an experience in Oregon great, that comes up a lot. It's sort of part of who we are. You will eat and drink very well."
Within the game, you can play the role of an apple farmer or winemaker (along with such vocations as yoga teacher, ski pro, rancher, fly fisherman, or, uh, surfer). You're then given the option of journeying to one of seven territories within the state and partaking in a number of activities such as foraging for truffles, getting ice cream at Salt & Straw, catching and cooking Dungeness crab, or even becoming an accidental sommelier. The list goes on.
At a variety of stores in different parts of the state, you can also purchase craft beer or artisanal coffee. Potential causes of death along your journey include falling victim to a food coma or ingesting too much kombucha. Choose your own adventure, baby!