So Oregon Trail, for the Apple 2, was made by MECC, Minnesota Educational Computing Corporation. We two GenXtinct founders are Minnesotans, but I know the game spread behind our state's borders.
What made it so memorable? Was it simply that it was one of the first computer games schools got behind and let kids play? Was it the simplistic graphics? The fact that everyone eventually died of dysentry?
One fan reminisces about it here.
Here's a fun version where the game meets the modern NFL...