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As any ’90s kid can attest, there was one magical day in elementary school unlike any other. It wasn’t field day or the day you got to watch a movie in class because your teacher was hungover (even though you thought she was just a little sleepy at the time). No, the best day by far was the day you would all take turns on the four classroom computers playing Oregon Trail.
You’d name your party after you, your best friend, and your crush, and then try your hardest not to drown in the river or die of dysentery. Nothing brings back waves of nostalgia for ’90s kids like Oregon Trail, which is why you’ll be jumping for joy when I tell you that Internet Archive has released free versions of 2,400 classic games that you can play in your browser at work. That’s right, you can now play Oregon Trail to your heart’s desire. Online. For free.
If you’re not feeling up to killing your own game, Internet Archive is also offering other games that will surely tug at your heartstrings, like Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?, Ms. PacMan, Moon Blaster, Master of Orion, Mario Brothers, SimCity, and Lion King. If you have 22 to 29-year-olds working as part of your office staff, watch out. Productivity is sure to hit an all-time low today as we all relive our childhood and laugh at the terrible graphics of all of these classic computer games. Of course, you can always claim your gameplay is work-related — set your office staff as the members of your trail team, make your accountant the banker, and if all goes well, your boss will be the one that dies of dysentery.
If only it were that easy in real life..
[via Washington Post]