The PIONEER badge is awarded to users for beating the game Oregon. The game can be played by running
oregon.bas from the Telehack HOME directory.
The Oregon Trail was first developed in 1971 by Don Rawitsch, a senior at Carlton College in Northfield, Minnesota. In 1974, he uploaded the game into the time-sharing network at MECC, where it quickly became one of the most popular programs.
MECC first published The Oregon Trail in 1978, after which it was adapted into a number of different versions. The Telehack version of the game appears to have been released as part of MECC's Elementary series, on Elementary Volume 6 in 1980. The game was titled simply Oregon, featured minimal graphics, and was free to copy for educational use.
The Oregon Trail was such a popular title that it was later released as a standalone game with updated graphics. By 1995, it comprised about one third of MECC's $30 million in annual revenue.