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'The Oregon Trail' – created by MN teachers – inducted into Hall of Fame

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A Minnesota-made video game has been inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame.

"The Oregon Trail," which was invented by three student teachers in Minnesota in 1971 and was produced by MECC, was among the six video games to be named to the hall of fame, which is part of The Strong National Museum of Play, according to a news release.

The game was designed to teach students about American history, challenging students to cross the country like Western settlers who traveled along the Oregon Trail, the Hall of Fame's website says.

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When the game was introduced in the 1970s and 1980s, it not only taught children about history, but "introduced many of them to computers," the release says.

“'The Oregon Trail' is perhaps the oldest continuously available video game ever made, but more importantly, it pioneered a blend of learning and play that showcases the valuable contribution games can make to education,” Jon-Paul Dyson, director of The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games, said in the release.

More than 65 million copies of the game have been sold.

And if the game's induction into the Hall of Fame is making you nostalgic, don't worry. You can play the 1992 version of the game online for free here. Vox put together a piece about the nine myths we learned while playing the game. Read that story here.

The other games that made the Hall of Fame this year: "Grand Theft Auto III," "The Legend of Zelda," "The Sims," "Sonic the Hedgehog" and "Space Invaders."

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