Ministry of Games #2: The Oregon Trail and Carmen Sandiego

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Matt Rhoades and Robert Bell delve into the history of the two big “edugaming” titles from 1985, The Oregon Trail and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?. The guys discuss these educational games to examine what they can teach us today, both as games designers and as instructors. Are our memories of these computer lab classics clouded by nostalgia? Or do these games actually hold up as entertaining and instructive experiences?

Show Notes:
Super Amazing Wagon Adventure
Very funny spoof of The Oregon Trail that calls out the frustration of reported events arbitrarily happening to you along the trail. Indie game available on Steam.

Papers, Please
Unlike Oregon Trail, this game does a great job of making the player feel emotionally tied to their family characters through text alone. Billed as a “dystopian document thriller”, Papers, Please had been highly rated and regarded since its release last August. Indie game available on Steam.

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