And it all happened right here in the Twin Cities.
All three creators still live in the Midwest. So we asked them to think back to 1971, when they dreamed up the game that introduced an entire generation to the computer.[jump]
After you finish reading the feature, you'll want to watch this exclusive mini-documentary we made about the making of the Oregon Trail. You can also follow along with this handy infographic that charts the milestones in the game's 40-year history.
The game went on to be a far greater success than any of its three inventors could possibly have guessed.
ADDITIONAL OREGON TRAIL COVERAGE:
Check out an entire visual history of the game here:
Oregon Trail: A Visual History [Click to read]