Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I actually began playing the game in 1990, but it still reminds me of the 1980s. For the sake of this Oregon Trail's influence, you have to ignore the date discrepancy. There's always a bit of cultural bleed between decades, and the segue from the '80s to the '90s is infamously fluid. Especially if you were still a child in the early '90s and the formative pop cultural markers of your life were four or five years down the road. It's the same reason Sunday morning movies can seem unquestionably from the '80s, but upon closer examination with a digital remote, were made in, like, 1992. Think of slouch socks, of Roxette, of Jennifer Connelly and Elizabeth Shue with full faces. You're thinking of the '90s. Much like the Macintosh Classic itself, the '90s took a while to power up. I find anything culturally significant that happned before '93 I associate with the decade before it. In fact, Oregon Trail is one of a handful of signposts that middle school existed at all.

Amen, sister. Amen.