The Technology of WarGames

The classic hacker movie, which just turned 30, also featured some classic computer hardware, both on-screen and off.
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Image courtesy Todd Fischer

The technology of WarGames

Geeks who came of age in the early 1980s had many reasons to wish they lived in the bedroom of WarGames fictional hacker, David Lightman (played by Matthew Broderick). Aside from the fact that Ally Sheedy was in there a lot, David’s bedroom was packed full of classic computer hardware. Even off screen, some famous systems were used to make that movie magic happen. Here are ten pieces of computer technology that went into making this nerd favorite.

For more detailed descriptions of the history of the technology used in the making of the movie, read this excellent background provided by Todd Fischer who provided (and still owns) the movie’s famous computer.


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