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Myke at the Movies 8

"WarGames"

Shall we play a game? 1983’s Cold War thriller with a message—and lots of old computers—is in the spotlight.

Myke Hurley with Jason Snell

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Warm up your modem and turn your nuclear-launch key—it’s time to play Global Thermonuclear War! We discuss “WarGames,” the 1983 John Badham film starring Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, and Ally Sheedy. Is this the ultimate film for computer nerds like us? How do the film’s Cold War themes contrast with its anti-technology themes? Can a computer make moral decisions? Why is there so much nerd shaming and sexism? And why do they let tour buses into the heart of America’s nuclear command? So many questions, Professor Falken, and so few remote-controlled pterodactyls.

Jason Snell with Greg Knauss, John Siracusa, Andy Ihnatko and David J. Loehr