Wednesday, July 2, 2008

WarGames 25th Anniversary

Looks like they are going to re-release WarGames into theaters for one night to coincide the with the release of the direct-to-video sequel to this 1983 classic.

Even with all of its technical inaccuracies and idealistic plot, this movie did for hacking in the '80s what Gidget did for surfing in the '60s.

In the mayhem that ensued from this hacker renaissance, a writer for Newsweek magazine suggested that parents should lock up modems like they would firearms--they were simply that dangerous. The nerve. Imagine if the ghost of hacking future had given him a peak at what was in store with the Internet!

Much of the cold war paranoia and fear will not play as strongly with a modern audience, but if you're looking for a trip down memory lane, this might be the ticket for you.