Welcome to ‘Once and Future Tech’, where we explore our digital past and reminisce about retro computing. As with other forms of art, computer hardware and software represent important elements of our cultural heritage. Here, we post video reviews and articles about popular classics and obscure shareware. Enjoy your stay and be sure to follow us on Twitter @oncefuturetech.

Episode 03 - The Oregon Trail

The Oregon Trail was a staple ‘educational’ game on US school computers from the 1980s through the early 2000s. Its roots go back even further to the early 1970s. In this video, we explore the history of the game and its many versions, and we critique its biased representation of history.

Episode 02 - Educational Games Vol. 1

Did you ever spend time in an American classroom during the 1990s? If so, you might have stumbled across one of these educational games. Today, we look at three games and consider the effects they may have had on kids of the 90s!

Episode 01 - Battle Chess

In this first episode, we return to an old favourite, Battle Chess! Interplay’s seminal digitisation of Chess represents just one more interpretation of a game that has been adapting to cultural contexts for over 2000 years.