Along with introducing the world to grunge, the best era of Nickelodeon programming and the death of music videos on MTV, folks who grew up in the 90's also likely remember things like Crystal Pepsi and playing The Oregon Trail. Those last two things are making a return, actually, and they're doing so as a single entity through a unique promotion.
For starters, a bit of a history lesson for you whippersnappers who missed out on Crystal Pepsi during its first go-round. The beverage was supposed to taste just like regular Pepsi only it was, gasp, clear. The problem was that it didn't taste a thing like Pepsi -- or anything anyone wanted to drink, really -- which is probably why it only survived from 1992 to 1993.
We're assuming the formula has been tweaked because, otherwise, we aren't sure nostalgia is enough to make this temporary promotion a financial success.
But nostalgia is definitely what Pepsi Co. is banking on, as they've announced a partnership with Crystal Pepsi and another thing children of the 90's will likely remember, The Oregon Trail.
While students these days get to play Minecraft and Civilization in school, kids of the previous generation only had a couple of edutainment games at their disposal in the classroom, and The Oregon Trail was the granddaddy of them all. We would sit in front of a computer for hours staring at bright green "graphics" as we bought supplies and made crucial decisions that almost always led to an ox dying in a river or a loved one dying of dysentery. In the end, our only reward was knowing that whomever played the game next would likely come upon a tombstone that read "Here lies Poopie Pants."
And leveraging said memories, recent reports are that a special version of The Oregon Trail will be available through a website that's meant to also promote Crystal Pepsi. The game will be called The Crystal Pepsi Trail and, along with playing the game, you'll be tasked with collecting various heirlooms from that magical era known as the 1990's. The list of items includes things like bucket hats and pagers, as well as the legendary virtual pets, Tamagotchi.
So what do you think, readers? Are you willing to give this second stab at Crystal Pepsi a shot? If you didn't live through the first batch, it's probably hard to understand what all of the fuss is about. If you actually drank the first batch, you're probably in the same boat.
As for this new take on The Oregon Trail, what other pop culture references from the 90's would you like to see pop up in the game? I'd say Goosebumps books, but they're actually still going strong. Maybe a Razor scooter or something tied to Saved by the Bell? Let us know your ideas in the comments below.