Oregon Trail is actually much older than the eighties. Creators Paul Dillenberger, Bill Heinemann, and Don Rawitsch originally put the game together in 1971. It wasn't until 1974 that Oregon Trail started to catch fire when it was spread by the Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium (MECC) through a school network. Soon, it was commercialized and sold on floppy disks nationwide. Over time, it was updated and eventually became the game people all now know by heart.