A screenshot from the video game "The Oregon Trail" featuring a headstone that reads, "Here lies Diana. She played this game for BackStory."

Playing the Past

Video Games and American History

The Department of Defense developed the very first video game and “The Oregon Trail” taught a generation to live as a pioneer. “Red Dead Redemption 2” might be a major commercial success, but how historically accurate is it of the Old West? On this episode, Brian, Nathan and Ed explore the relationship between history and video games in America.

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