Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Would You Like to Play a Game?

I watched War Games with my oldest this weekend.  I had told her about it previously and she was interested in the game Thermo-Nuclear War.  Joshua, the computer in the movie, sadly, didn't seem to interest her as much as the computer in real life, but she half watched it. 

I think part of her lack of interest comes from never feeling the chill of the Cold War.  The whole world being destroyed by nuclear missles was a very real fear in the 80's.  As she is growing up in the age of computers the thought of a computer learning doesn't phaze her either, all though she is well aware that computers and robots will one day rise up against us if the zombie apocolypse doesn't happen first. 

The movie aged well with me though.  Matthew Broderick still looks 16 and what ever happened to Ally Sheedy?  I can look back at the history of it all and identify with it.  I have used computers where you had to dial in to get another computer.  Actually, I may appreciate this movie more as an adult.  It had a message without being overly preachy.

How about a nice game of chess?
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Lazarus Lupin said...

The movie has real weight cause it had real heart. Other films with hackers like, well hackers, have become painful dinosaurs.
If you want to see a modern version of war games for the face book age check out "Summer Wars"

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Budd said...

Thanks for the recommendation. I like hackers as a fun movie, but realize it has little to do with actual hacking.