Stop What You're Doing and Play This Election Day Tribute to ‘Oregon Trail’

Do you want to caulk the wagon and float it (to Canada)?

By Kirk Miller

 
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04 November 2016

Remember the joy of playing Oregon Trail, that low-budget but strangely enthralling simulation of pioneer life? For an educational video game, it was actually pretty cool — dysentery aside.

Plus, it counted as schoolwork.

But your childhood is over and the hardships of the modern election cycle consume your days. Ergo, the New York Times and political gamemakers GOP Arcade have unleased The Voter Suppression Trail, an 8-bit knockoff of the old OT.

Your goal? “Find out if your vote can survive the great, flawed adventure of American democracy.”

You can play as a white programmer from California, a Latina nurse from Texas or a black salesman fro Wisconsin. Your obstacles: voter ID laws, angry election “observers”  and a boss who wonders why you’re taking six hours to vote.

Oh, and a surprise case of dysentery.

Seems like some problems never go away.

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