The Computer Simulation That Almost Started World War III

Remember the 1983 movie WarGames? The film is about a computer "game" with the potential to start thermonuclear war. But strangely this scenario is more truth than fiction. Because in 1979 programmers at NORAD almost started World War III when they accidentally ran a computer simulation of a Soviet attack. » 2/17/15 12:18pm 2/17/15 12:18pm

The WarGames Remake Will Feature New Adversaries

Not only were we lucky enough to catch Project Almanac last night at Comic-Con, but we also got a few minutes with director Dean Israelite, too. Almanac's a solid first feature so it should come as no surprise that the guy's got a pretty cool project lined up next: a new version of the 1983 release, WarGames. » 7/25/14 11:32am 7/25/14 11:32am

MGM Is Still Trying to Reboot WarGames

The latest in proof that Hollywood is out of ideas is MGM's dogged pursuit of remaking the 1983 classic WarGames. To which we say: Stop it. » 6/24/14 11:00pm 6/24/14 11:00pm

Great Trainwrecks of Science Fiction: Movies Where the Director Was…

Everybody knows that the movies can be a messy business — oftentimes, what reaches the big screen is the result of a process akin to sticking your fingers in a Cuisinart. And sometimes the original director of a project gets dropped just before filming starts — as happened with The Wolfman. Or sometimes the director… » 12/16/11 3:40pm 12/16/11 3:40pm

The 10 goofiest computer hacking scenes in cinema history


Computer hacking isn't really a spectator sport, so movies will embellish hacking scenes with funky visuals, inane jargon, and supercomputers that run on magic and prayer. Here are 10 of the most awesomely groanworthy hacking scenes. » 9/20/10 7:18pm 9/20/10 7:18pm

A candidate for the most ill-conceived video-game ad ever

This 1984 ad for Starfire Games' Global Thermonuclear War is the superlative of unfortunate. "Do you target for military, industrial, or civilian targets?" Yeesh. The worst part of all? It doesn't appear to tie in with War Games. [Modern Mechanix] » 5/27/10 9:00am 5/27/10 9:00am

The Apocalypse Should Be Funny: 6 End-of-the-World Comedy Classics

This year has presented us with a plethora of planet-imperiling scenarios, from Watchmen toTransformers. But despite the promising threats of nuclear war and killer robots, I'm left feeling empty. The Apocalypse used to be fun. What happened?
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$36 Million Virtual Reality Game to Train US Soldiers

The Pentagon has just given the U.S. Office of Naval Research $36 million for what it calls a "futuristic" experiment in training soldiers to deal with terrorists by using immersive virtual reality scenarios. » 2/02/09 3:38pm 2/02/09 3:38pm

The First Space Wargame Prepares for Relaunch

You might be familiar with E.E. Smith's Lensman novels, but you've probably never played the 1969 classic Lensman wargame. Out of print since the 70s, copies of the original Lensman game are so rare they're hard to find even on ebay. Now, original designer Phil Pritchard is overhauling the game for re-release,… » 7/22/08 8:00am 7/22/08 8:00am

How Will You Stop the Flood of Spam in 20 Years?

Every day somebody releases a new spam solution, but just as often you hear dire predictions about how spam loads are growing exponentially. How will future generations deal with spam floods in 2030? Though some pundits claim email is becoming obsolete, it's unlikely that most people are going to give up on what is… » 5/30/08 2:36pm 5/30/08 2:36pm

Must See: WarGames

Must-see movies are futuristic classics that shouldn't be missed. Of course, not every must-see is perfect. That's why we've rated them 1-5 on the patented "crunchy goodness" scale. Written by Jason Shankel.

Title: WarGames
Date: 1983

Vitals: High school hacker's innocent attempt to steal intellectual property and… » 9/30/07 10:57pm 9/30/07 10:57pm