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Matt's Journey on The Oregon Trail

I can think of very few "edutainment" titles that have inspired the deep, long-lasting veneration earned by MECC's The Oregon Trail. Originally a mainframe game, The Oregon Trail was designed by three student teachers at Carleton College in Minnesota. It was a nice collaboration--Don Rawitsch was a history instructor, whereas Bill Heinemeann and Paul Dillenberger were math teachers. The three of them put their heads together to figure out a way to use computers to teach kids, and Don's historical background gave him the key insights necessary to create The Oregon Trail.

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Matt Chat 8: The Secret of Monkey Island!

It took literally all day and all night to get it done, but here it is: Matt Chat 8: The Secret of Monkey Island. This one should be available in HD soon, but it's my understanding that it can take awhile for YouTube to post the option. This is the first time I've attempted to do a HD video, so bear with me. Hopefully, the options will appear after the video has finished processing.

Enjoy the video and please let me know what you think!

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Matt Chat 7: The Sims is now Live!

In this week's Matt Chat, I look at The Sims, one of the many games given its own chapter in our book Vintage Games. I enjoyed reviewing the game and hope you'll like the video! As usual, please rate it, subscribe to my channel, leave a comment, etc. It's a lot of work making these, so please let me know if you find it worthwhile.

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Matt Chat 6: Dungeon Master available now!

It took a week and an extra day to produce, but here it is -- Matt Chat #6: Dungeon Master! I'm sure you're familiar with this game from my book Dungeons & Desktops, but it's a totally different experience to see it in action. Check out my video and let me know if you have requests for future episodes!

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Matt Chat 5: Acornsoft's Elite (1984)

Welcome to the weekend with Matt Chat 5, covering another of the all-time greatest retrogaming classics. This week I look at Acornsoft's Elite, the pioneering space-trading game that made such a huge impact in the mid 1980s on the BBC Micro and other platforms.

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