If you were ever into video games, you probably enjoyed the movie WarGames, in which a young hacker finds his way into a military computer and discovers that "Global Thermonuclear War" is no game.
My favorite thing about this movie is the computer itself. Of course, computers are only as good and effective as those who program them. But this computer is a real hoot. Upon login, the computer has a little conversation with the user, and there are games that can be played. The computer seems to be having fun, at times, with those playing the games. Naturally, these are all programmed responses, but the idea is fascinating, and speaks to the genius of the programmer.
More than 25 years after its release, it's amazing to see how computer and video games have evolved. No longer does a single-color, simple line graphic suffice to entertain players. Now there is a soundtrack, lifelike video, and the ability to communicate with other players worldwide.
It's a long way from that last game of Tic-Tac-Toe in the movie.
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