A young computer whiz kid accidentally connects into a top secret super-computer which has complete control over the U.S. nuclear arsenal. It challenges him to a game between America and Russia, and he innocently starts the countdown to World War 3. Can he convince the computer he wanted to play a game and not the real thing ? Written by
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Graphics on the large NORAD war room screens were rendered in advance by an HP 9845C desktop computer running BASIC. In 1982 the 9845C was comprised of a base with built-in keyboard and a 14" color monitor that mounted on top. Cost of a 9845C was about $90,000 (inflation-adjusted) and the entire "desktop" computer weighed about 100 pounds. The computer's resolution was not good enough to project on a large screen or to be filmed from directly, so a high-resolution monochromatic display was connected. The images were filmed from the display, one frame at a time, one color at a time, using filters for red, green, and blue. The process took about 1 minute per frame of film. See more »
When David is playing Galaga he is firing with his right hand. He stops firing to look at his watch with his right hand, but the sound effects being played are still the firing noises. See more »
[McKittrick approaches Falken's group on stairs]
I don't know what you think you can do here, Stephen.
John! Good to see you. I see the wife still picks your ties.
What is- What has this kid been telling you?
[looking at screens]
How far's he gone?
Well the President about ready to order a counterstrike. That's what we're recommending he do.
It's a bluff, John, call it off.
No, it's not a bluff. It's real.
[raising his voice from stairs]
Hello, General Beringer! Stephen Falken!
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This was an old favorite for many younger baby-boomers, who were teenagers and in their twenties at the dawn of the personal computer age.
This one was a bit more than amusing, though. It opened many eyes to both the potential and the dangers we faced while coming into the computer age. The government had these marvelous machines and the internet by which they communicated for decades before the public was given access from these ancient Commodore 64's, Amigas, and Atari home computers via phone line, back in the late 1970's.
While this work is entertaining, it also bears a valid warning, even today.
Broderick and Ally Sheedy both were 21, playing 17 year olds, competently.
It rates a 7.6/10 from...
the Fiend :.
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