Now everyone on Facebook can experience the joy of hunting criminals and having dysentery, as Blue Fang Games and The Learning Company bring two of the most beloved learning computer games of all time to the social network next month.

Don Rawitsch, Bill Heinemann, and Paul Dillenberger developed The Oregon Trail in 1971 as a learning tool for a history course one of them was teaching. Forty years and seven editions of the game later, The Oregon Trail is still blazing a trail across the country, killing cows and doling out the dysentery.

Now that classic game reaches a whole new audience on Facebook. In The Oregon Trail for Facebook, players will join their friends as they form traveling parties, ford raging rivers, hunt for wild game, and eventually get sick and die horribly.

The Oregon Trail hits Facebook on February 2. Then on February 9 we get to see what Carmen Sandiego's been up to these past few years.

Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego is another prime piece of infotainment. The series launched in 1985 with Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego, a game in which players answered geography questions in order to track down a notorious thief.

We've tracked her through time, we've followed her into space, and now we'll be hunting her across Facebook.

Excuse me while I go and bask in some happy childhood memories. Let's hope they don't get twisted beyond all recognition next month.


What I've been working on: Oregon Trail and Carmen Sandiego!
[Tiny Subversions - Thanks Ryan!]