My previous entry, and some of my other writings of late, have failed to live up to the standards of some of my more classical entries. I fear I may be loosing my edge here, or perhaps this Chromebook just is not as conducive to writing as my Thinkpad was. Either way, I’m going to try and restore some sense of order here, presenting far more typical topics in the far more typical fashion. My apologies for the diversion we’ve been on as of late.
Last I wrote I mentioned the fact that perhaps I moved so far out here to get away from everyone that cared about me or that I cared about. I was never really good at the Oregon Trail game growing up (not that I actually played it for very long either), but if my memory is write the game presented the West as a wild frontier full of opportunity or something like that. Staying East of the Mississippi, wherever the game would start wasn’t an option at all. I wonder why.
Would the Pre-Worn Path not be an equally interesting game to try and stay alive in? While purchasing supplies at outposts might not be the highlight like it is on the Oregonian counterpart, I’m confident that life in New England, the South, or even the Mid West would have presented its own unique set of challenges. Maybe the to-be settlers aren’t actually looking for adventure, gold, freedom, or anything else that the Oregon Trail offers, but instead are just really bad at living where they currently are. For all we know they could be fed up with politics, economics, or city life because it just hasn’t worked out well for them. Heading out on the Oregon Trail is really the most feasible escape plan from all that, which makes me wonder even more what the game would have been like if there was an option to not actually go on the trail.
Maybe it’s too much to fit two games on the same floppy disk or something like that. I wonder if the lives of the people that made it all the way to where ever they were going (was it even Oregon?) was all that they hoped it would be. Did they ever think about the friends, family, and others they left back before setting out? My guess is probably not, or at least not seriously. Given the lackluster communication channels (aka writing letters to be carried buy a guy on a horse) it seemed unlikely that someone moving out weest would ever hear from anyone again. I guess they never have to worry about declining a party invitation.
Good night moon.