Shall We Play a Game?

02-Jul-08 5:00 PM by
Filed under Films; 7 comments.

In 1983, personal computers were in an exciting infancy. The Apple II, Commodore 64, TRS-80, and more made for a diverse digital landscape in which to explore, create — and hack. We didn't know what "security" meant other than simple passwords, and the necessity of direct connections in that pre-Internet era exposed many vulnerable machines.

A quarter-century later, networking and security have evolved barely beyond recognition of those early days. But this July 24th, you can journey back to a simpler time with the 25th anniversary of a seminal geek classic:

WarGames 25th anniversary event

According to the Web site for the WarGames 25th anniversary event (which also gives a film synopsis — for all three of you who haven't seen WarGames yet), "The event will include never-before-seen interviews with cast and crew on how the movie was ahead of its time and its relevance today." Just as when Star Trek: TOS returned to theaters this past November, WarGames is a one-night, one-time-only engagement — one that happens to coincide with KansasFest, the only remaining Apple II convention. So I'll be seeing this film with folk who actually remember the days of the acoustic coupler and won't need to go far to research how accurate this film is!

But every silver lining has its cloud: this celebration will include a preview of the sequel, coming to DVD a week later.

Look for more coverage of this event as it approaches and/or occurs.

(Hat tip to Mike Maginnis!)

7 Responses to “Shall We Play a Game?”

  1. GeneD adds:

    I have fond memories of this movie. Back in '83, I was a founding member of my high school's computer club, my family had bought the first IBM PC, and I went with my dad to check out this film. If only today's military, with its research into fully autonomous combat droids and liquid robots, would heed the warnings! "The only way to win…"

  2. Ken Gagne adds:

    Gene, I was wearing my WarGames t-shirt the other day, and someone complimented me on it. I asked, "You like that film?" Turns out they had no idea it was a movie reference; they just liked the commentary on the futility of war.

  3. maginnis adds:

    And if you're really into WarGames, Introversion's DEFCON: Everybody Dies game is a hoot.

  4. Brent adds:

    And if you're really into WarGames, Introversion's DEFCON: Everybody Dies game is a hoot.

    I purchased it about a week ago. Threw it in the trash within 10 minutes :(

  5. Ken Gagne adds:

    Bummer, Brent. :-\ I guess that's what demos are for.

  6. maginnis adds:

    Admittedly, the game is simplistic and its wire-frame graphics aren't for everyone. The AI isn't great, and the appeal of the game certainly is nuking your friends off the face of the planet in multiplayer mode.

  7. Ken Gagne adds:

    A reminder that tonight is the theatrical screening of the 25th anniversary edition of WarGames! (It and the sequel release separately on DVD on July 29th.)